Friday, August 16, 2013

Breaking down District 13-AA volleyball

Now that we have talked about Class A volleyball, it is time to move on to Class AA. Just like many other sports, volleyball now has three districts in this classification compared to two last season.

Unlike in years past when a win in the region semifinals almost guaranteed a trip to state, other West Tennessee teams have moved into District 15-AA. So sectionals could now be between two West Tennessee teams.

District 13-AA is down to four teams, compared to eight last year, but four of the top five teams from the last couple years stayed in the district.

Dyersburg has reached the state tournament the last four years, and Crockett County reached in 2009 and ’10.


Crockett County



South Gibson

Crockett County

The Lady Cavaliers are expected to be one of the best teams in West Tennessee this season.

Crockett County returns six of the eight players that were in the starting rotation last season.

Senior Savannah Pillow returns at setter after leading the team in kills and assists last year. Senior Lila Byrd returns at outside hitter also.

Could this be the year that Crockett County returns to the top of the district and makes a return trip to state?


The Lady Trojans have been the top team in all of West Tennessee for the past couple of seasons, but can that streak continue.

Dyersburg has lost many of its top hitters over the last two years, but players like Laura Pickens and Kyndal Riddick are ready to step into those roles.


The Lady Bulldogs have improved each of the four years of the varsity squad’s existence. This year though Milan has to do some rebuilding.

Six starters graduated last year. Outside hitter Savannah Melton is the lone returning starter.

Outside hitter Cordelia Taylor and middle hitter Elizabeth Rainwater will step into roles on the front line, and Tatum Sheppard will be the setter.

Experience as the season progresses will only make this team better.

South Gibson

The Lady Hornets are coming into this season with high expectations for themselves. South Gibson is another young program looking to take the next step toward the area’s elite.

Celeste Miller is the lone senior on this team, and she will bring the leadership.

Sophomore Hope Neyman could be one of the top hitters in the area as the season goes on.

Time will tell just how good the Lady Hornets can be.

Predicted order of finish:

1. Dyersburg

2. Crockett County

3. South Gibson

4. Milan

District semifinals: Dyersburg vs. Milan; Crockett County vs. South Gibson

District championship: Dyersburg vs. Crockett County

District champion: Crockett County

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