Demarco Moore, Sports Writer
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After sweeping its way through last week’s District 8-AAA tournament, the Coffee County Central High School volleyball team couldn’t find the same success on Tuesday night.
Facing off against Blackman High School, the runner-up from District 7-AAA, the Lady Raiders needed a victory to extend its season past the Region 4-AAA tournament held at Siegel High School.
The Lady Blaze would instead hand the Lady Raiders a straight-sets loss, effectively putting an end to their 2017 season.
Coffee County (19-21 overall) had an uphill battle all match, falling behind 3-10 early in the first set. Any run the Lady Raiders made was halted by the size and hitting power of the Lady Blaze, who made it tough for Coffee County to ever get in a rhythm.
Blackman would go on to take the first set 25-9.
“They’re just so tall across the front line,” said Coffee County head coach Andrew Taylor.
“We got some touches, slowed the block down, blocked a couple [shots], but overall their hit and their height was just too much for us today.”
Blackman won the final two sets 25-13 and 25-10, earning a rematch with fellow District 7-AAA rival Siegel in the region’s championship match.
The Lady Stars had defeated District 8-AAA runner-up Lincoln County in straight sets (3-0; 25-7, 25-7, 25-8) prior to the Coffee County-Blackman match.
Siegel would then sweep the Lady Blaze (3-0) to claim the Region 4-AAA championship.
Senior Odalis Garcia finished with five kills for Coffee County, while sophomore Amanda Mukai recorded six assists.
Reach Demarco Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow him on Twitter @iam__demo