PORTLAND — Meeting for the second straight year in the District 9-AAA final, Portland and Mt. Juliet battled for the full five games, with three of them going to extra points.
The host Lady Panthers repeated as district champs with a 15-25, 26-24, 25-21, 29-31, 16-14 victory.
Since the champions of odd-numbered districts are hosting regions this year, Mt. Juliet will return to Portland on Monday with a 26-15 record to face District 10 champion Rossview while the Lady Panthers take on West Creek. The winners will then play for the championship and advance to next Thursday’s sectional.
District Most Valuable Player Ryann Amity totaled 26 digs and 20 kills for Mt. Juliet while Halle Raines racked up 52 assists, Tavie Bell six blocks and Shelby Woodard four kills.
Raines, Woodard and Allyson Huffman represented Mt. Juliet on the all-district team. Amity and Raines were named to the all-tournament team.
Lady Commander loss finishes Friendship season
NASHVILLE — Friendship Christian was ousted from the East-Middle Region tournament by host St. Cecilia 25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 25-12 Thursday night.
The Lady Commanders had won the two previous Division I Class A state championships before moving to Division II this season.
In the East-Middle District 1-A tournament at Knoxville Webb, Friendship fell to Donelson Christian, which ousted Mt. Juliet Christian on Monday, in Tuesday’s semifinals. The Lady Commanders bounced back to beat St. Andrew’s-Sewanee in the consolation match to take third place.
Senior hitter Alex Sealy was named district Most Valuable Player and to the all-district tournament team, the only Lady Commander chosen to the team.