GALLATIN — Ravenwood is back in the state volleyball tournament after disposing of host Station Camp 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 26-28, 25-15) Thursday night at Station Camp High School in the Class AAA Sectional Round.
The Lady Raptors (28-13) will represent Region 6, District 11AAA, alongside Nolensville High School after the Lady Knights defeated Hillsboro in straight sets.
The Region 6 over Region 5 sweep is the first since 2019.
“We play in a very competitive district, but we never overlooked anyone, including Station Camp who always gives us a good match — tonight just happened to be our night,” Ravenwood Abbey West said of her district preparing the Lady Raptors for the sectional round.
The win for Ravenwood over Station Camp in the sectional round is their second since 2017, dropping only the 2018 match.
Looking for a sweep in the third set, Ravenwood held match point, 24-23, but a back-and-forth with Station Camp ultimately landed on the Bison scoring two consecutive points for the 28-26 win.
Going into the fourth set, West said the mood was calm and relaxed.
“We knew we need to take care of the little things because the big things don’t matter unless you take care of the little things — passing, serving, picking up things in the middle,” she said. “I think they were determined more than ever rolling into that fourth set.”
As Ravenwood heads into the biggest tournament of the season, West believes her team is peaking at the perfect time regarding one aspect of the game.
“I never saw our girls doubt themselves tonight, and 90% of this game is mental, so to see them start to believe in themselves is the best thing I saw tonight.”
For Station Camp, their state return comes one match short but doesn’t take away the Bison’s success this year.
Molly Yarbrough says goodbye to four seniors who finish their careers with 126 wins, four district and region championships, and two trips to the state tournament.
“They all did a great job this year, and for them to come in and lead the team with a fresh group was big for them,” she said. “I tell them to tell the underclassmen whether it’s state tournament or regular season district game — embrace every play, every game. Knowing it’s your last game, it’s hard, and you don’t feel it until then.”
As for the game lost, Yarbrough said the match came down to not running their offense efficiently.
“If you don’t have a clean pass, you can’t utilize all three hitters and put yourself at a disadvantage,” she said. “We couldn’t regain or find our focus. It’s hard to run an offense when you don’t pass well.”