Several local volleyball teams gearing up for deep playoff run
Exclusive interview with NW Whitfield volleyball coach Kelsey Kirk
Numerous teams from around the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia areas are preparing for runs in the TSSAA and GHSA state playoffs. State tournaments in both states got underway last week, and ten local high schools still have a shot at a state championship.
From the state of Tennessee, there are five local teams still playing in the TSSAA state volleyball playoffs. Those teams include: Baylor, Cleveland, Red Bank, Sale Creek, and Signal Mountain. Cleveland, Red Bank, Sale Creek, and Signal Mountain (all in TSSAA Division I) have already advanced past Regionals and Sectionals, now into the State Qualifiers. Baylor (in TSSAA Division II-AA) received a bye in the first round of their bracket, and defeated St. Benedict in three straight sets to advance to the State Semifinals. All five teams will continue their quest for a state championship Wednesday, October 19th.
Here is the list of local TSSAA games:
Sale Creek vs. Loretto
Red Bank vs. Dyersburg
Signal Mountain vs. Sullivan South
Cleveland vs. Siegel
Baylor vs. Father Ryan
In Georgia, there are also five local teams still alive. In each classification, the GHSA state volleyball playoffs have now been narrowed down to just 16 teams. Those five teams include: Gordon Lee, LFO, Northwest Whitfield, Ridgeland, and Ringgold. LFO was the region champion in 6-AAA, while Ringgold was the third place finisher. In 6-AAAA, Ridgeland was the region champion, and Northwest Whitfield was the runner-up. Gordon Lee was the runner-up in 4-A. All teams will be back in action Tuesday, October 18th.
Here is the list of local GHSA games:
Gordon Lee at Landmark Christian
LFO vs. SE Bulloch
Ringgold at Westminster
Ridgeland vs. Troup County
Northwest Whitfield vs. Chapel Hill
On Monday, Channel 3's Brooks Carter made the short trip down to Tunnel Hill, GA to speak with Northwest Whitfield Head Coach Kelsey Kirk, and junior Setter Malane Kyer, as they prepare for their big Sweet 16 matchup versus Chapel Hill. You can hear that conversation below:
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