We continue to look at volleyball in West Tennessee today with Region 7-A.
This region has grown. Gibson County moves down from Class AA, and Humboldt adds the sport again after dropping it before last season.
There are still not enough teams for two districts, but there is enough to make it a better region tournament.
Halls and Trenton Peabody have dominated the region and advanced to the championship match the last four years.
The Lady Pioneers went winless last season, but taking a step down from Class AA to Class A should help this team a lot.
Gibson County will now face teams that are the same school size and on more of the same talent level.
The Lady Tigers have won three of the four region titles since Class A was created.
Halls is always tough under head coach Joey Tettleton.
Players like Amanda McBroom, Kristin Davis and Mallory Hardy will lead the Lady Tigers this season in their quest for another region title.
The Lady Vikings didn’t have enough players to have a team last year, but they will have one this season.
Adding the sport back will be beneficial for the district and the growth of the sport in West Tennessee.
The Lady Tide won the region title two years ago, and the team wants to win it again.
Peabody graduated some of the talent from last season, but players like seniors Sarah Kate Coday and Chelsey Cox return.
The Lady Tide will look to continue to improve as the season goes on and be playing its best in the postseason.
The Lady Tornadoes are in their second season of varsity volleyball. Union City did pick up a win over Gibson County last season, and the squad will look to grow off of that.
Look for the team to be more competitive this season and try to find a few more wins.
Predicted order of finish:
2. Trenton Peabody
3. Union City
5. Gibson County
Region semifinals: Trenton Peabody vs. Union City; Halls vs. Humboldt
Region championship: Peabody vs. Halls
Region champion: Halls