Siegel's volleyball team had their string of state tournament appearances snapped at six as the Cookeville defeated the Stars in straight sets 3-0 (23-25, 21-25, 14-25) at Siegel.
"They executed tonight and we did not execute," Siegel coach Trish Flowers said. "I really hate it for the seniors. They have been a fun group. They just did not bring it in games, but in practice every day."
The first set began with the Cavaliers grabbing an early 6-2 lead, forcing a timeout by Flowers in an attempt to settle her team down.
Cookeville, however, responded and grabbed a 12-8 lead. A kill by Siegel's Jaida Clark made it 13-10, and a block by Sophia Bossong and Clark cut the lead to 15-13.
Siegel finally tied the first set 16-16, but on this night it seemed that whenever Siegel got close the Cavaliers made a play.
"We watched video and film on them and we wanted to take away their middles," Cookevile coach Jami Cherry said. "We tried to get their setter out of system. My girls really mixed up their sets."
Siegel grabbed its first lead at 18-17. There were three ties late in the set from 20-22 but the Cavs closed it out winning 25-23.
The second set was really close as both teams were battling. Cookeville was fired up and came out on a kill by Bailey Turnbow that made it 5-3 early.
The teams exchanged one point leads and ties from 10 to 17.
Late in the set with the score 23-18, Siegel took a timeout but it did not matter as the Cavs took the set 25-21.
The third set was all Cookeville as it could taste a trip to Murfreesboro and the state tournament. Siegel scored the first three points before the Cavaliers went on a 11-2 run to grab a 11-5 lead.
Siegel had cut it to four at 17-13 but a pair of Cookeville aces made it 21-13. The Cavs closed out the match and celebrated the school's second straight trip to the state tournament.
For Siegel, it closed the careers of a very successful senior class of Bossong, Grace Reidmiller, Kielii Chacon and Victoria Philips. The class has been part of four region titles, three trips to the state tournament and one runner-up finish.
Siegel's Sophia Bossong finishes her high school career with a state record 5,265 assists and 1,027 digs.
Siegel closes the season at 27-13.
Cleveland 3, Blackman 1
The Blackman Blaze fell to the Cleveland Blue Raiders in Raider Arena 3-1. Blackman finishes their season at 20-8.