Volleyball was on the menu in full force at Clarksville High School on Tuesday, where three region tournament games were played consecutively.
The Region 7-AAA tournament began with the host Lady Wildcats, champions of District 13-AAA, facing the Northwest Lady Vikings, who finished second in D14-AAA.
The two teams had already met during the regular season with CHS claiming a 3-2 victory, but this time, it wouldn’t be so close.
The Lady ‘Cats defeated their inter-city opponent in straight sets, 25-15, 25-16 and 25-18.
With the loss, Northwest’s season -- which had been the best in program history -- came to an end.
“(This is) a team I’m going to remember very well because they’re the first team I started with when I came, my seniors,” said NWHS head coach Amy Furnish. “They mean a lot to me. This season, we accomplished more than Northwest volleyball has ever accomplished in history. I have no regrets, I’m not upset at all. I’m proud of these girls, and they worked their butts off all season.
“I’m super proud of them. I think they played as hard as they could play and played as a team, and that’s all I can ask for.”
Clarksville eventually moved on to their fifth straight region tournament final, and awaited the victor of the ensuing Rossview vs. Dickson County match.
The runner-up of District 13-AAA, Rossview got out to a strong start against the D14-AAA champion Lady Cougars. After taking an 18-11 lead in the first set, they closed it out with a 25-19 win.
But Dickson County wasn’t going to go out easy. They rallied right back with a 25-19 set win the tie the match.
They traded sets again -- 25-21 for Rossview and 25-13 for Dickson -- to force a decisive fifth set. The score consistently flipped sides, but the Lady Hawks eventually emerged with a 15-11 victory, advancing to the region championship to face their rivals.
“I just think the energy that they want wanting to go against CHS for the (fourth) time, and having to, I guess, be a team, be one, I guess be connected in a way,” said RHS head coach Tishara Hicks. “Push through and make those plays.”
Dickson County’s season ended with the defeat, and head coach Jacklyn Clements couldn’t help but feel that her team could have won the game.
“I think we beat ourselves with fundamentals,” she said. “We missed serves, we were in the net, we didn’t have good passing, we didn’t have a lot of blocks. I think we didn’t get beat; we beat ourselves.
“I think they can walk away with their heads held high, knowing that they did give their all. There are things that I feel like they made mistakes that maybe could have been prevented, but that’s with anything in life or in any sport. You’re going to make mistakes because nobody’s perfect.”