Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Breaking down District 13-AAA and Division II-A volleyball

Today we transition from girls’ soccer to volleyball. Volleyball also experienced quite a few changes due to reclassification.

We start today with the two districts that contain only one team from our coverage area – Division II-A West and District 13-AAA.
Division II-A

University School of Jackson is the lone team in the Division II-A West, but the Lady Bruins are one of the better teams in the area.

From the looks of USJ’s schedule, the region is split into two divisions like most of the other sports and teams in each division play each other twice each season.


Fayette Academy

St. George’s

Rossville Christian




The Lady Bruins return three starters from last season in Sara Glassman, Paige Sheffield and Molly Hall.

Sheffield, a member of The All-West Tennessee team last year, is one of the top setters in the area and will be key to USJ’s success.

The Lady Bruins lost their go-to hitter from last season Andrea Arreaza, but look for Hall to try and step in and fill those shoes in the middle.

This is Kimberly McNeal’s third season in charge of the team, so look for USJ to try and take that next step and get back to the region semifinals.

Predicted order of finish

1. St. George’s

2. USJ

3. Tipton-Rosemark

4. Fayette Academy

5. Rossville Christian


Class AAA

With North Side moving from Class AAA to Class A-AA, District 13-AAA shrunk to four teams.

Brighton and Munford are always tough and the teams to beat in this district.

Dyer County is under a new head coach in former Madison coach Shanna O’Bright. O'Bright is one of the top coaches in the area and will get the Lady Choctaws better.



Dyer County

Hardin County


Hardin County

The Lady Tigers return five of the seven players that started last season. Libero Courtney Simmons will be looked to as the team’s main passer and the senior leader.

Hardin County has plenty to juniors that have improved since last season like outside hitter Brooke Cossey, middle hitter Delaney Timberman and setter Shelby Vaughn.

This district might be small, but is very, very tough.

Predicted order of finish:

1. Munford

2. Brighton

3. Dyer County

4. Hardin County

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