Wendy Ratliff’s Lady Rebels made quick work of Crockett County in Tuesday’s opener, winning 25-13, 25-21, 25-19 but suffered a tough five-set loss to Nolensville to conclude the day.
In the opener, South jumped on top of the Lady Cavaliers quickly and cruised to the first set win.
Crockett County, making its first appearance at state since 2013, found its footing in the second set and played South nearly step for step, but the Lady Rebels prevailed to advanced to the winners’ bracket.
Senior star outside hitter Abbey Jayne compiled another impressive double-double, 17 kills and 14 digs, to lead the Lady Rebels, also chipping in two blocks. Katie Watson helped out with eight kills, Izzy Musick had eight and Olivia Delung five. Delung also had 16 assists.
Makki Compton had nine digs and 18 assists. On the defensive side, Molly Williams had a team-high 21 digs and Allie Jordan added 11.
Suzie Chatman chipped in some good minutes with four kills and two digs.
The Lady Rebels then found themselves in a battle with Nolensville and the Lady Knights — in their inaugural state tournament appearance — came out on top 25-20, 16-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-11.
Nolensville did a good job of hitting around the South block, but the Lady Rebels also hurt themselves with a multitude of hitting errors.
South plays Anderson County in an elimination game on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Blackman High School.