Thursday, August 15, 2013

Breaking down District 15-A volleyball

We continue our look at Class A volleyball today as we break down District 15-A.

Madison and Trinity Christian Academy have reached the Class A state tournament all four years of its existence, and the two teams would love to get back for a fifth-straight time.

Riverside dropped volleyball this season, so there are only four teams in the district.




Scotts Hill



The Lady Mustangs are loaded coming back this season and should be the best team in Class A in West Tennessee.

The expectations are high for first-year coach Crystal Slaughter.

Hitters Edie Buchanan and Amelia McLemore are back along with setter Rachel Burks.

The biggest position Madison has to replace is libero after Destinee Boyd graduated.


The Lady Tigers are looking to make a move up the standings in this tough district this season.

Middleton returns five starters from last season.

Outside hitter Abby Dixon returns for her senior season and will be the leader of the team.

Junior libero Sydney Russell, sophomore hitter Christian Woods and freshman setter Megan Leslie are also players to watch

Scotts Hill

The Lady Lions have been that third place team for the past couple season, but could this be the year Scotts Hill wins in the semifinals and reaches the district championship.

Coach Ruth Taylor has done a good job getting the Lady Lions better and better each season.


The Lady Lions are the defending champion, but they have some missing pieces from last year.

Hannah Grider, The Jackson Sun’s 2012 Hitter of the Year, Mary Nell Sparks and Peyton Wright have graduated, and Lydia Dodrill stepped down as coach.

TCA picked up a good one to replace Dodrill in former Union coach Kelly Elliott.

The Lady Lions also return on of the top setter-hitter combinations in the area in Lauren Schmidt and Clare Taylor, who are juniors this season.

Predicted order of finish:

1. Madison

2. TCA

3. Scotts Hill

4. Middleton

District semifinals: Madison vs. Madison; TCA vs. Scotts Hill

District championship: Madison vs. TCA

District champion: Madison

Region semifinals: Madison vs. Booker T. Washington; TCA vs. G.W. Carver

Region championship: Madison vs. TCA

Region champion: TCA


Sectionals: TCA vs. Trenton Peabody; Halls vs. Madison

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