PORTLAND — Mt. Juliet and Rossview battled the full five games in Tuesday’s Region 5-AAA volleyball opener before the Lady Bears succumbed 19-25, 25-20, 25-27, 29-27, 15-9.
The Lady Bears’ season ended with a 26-17 record. They ran away with the District 9-AAA regular season with just one loss, to Lebanon, before losing to Portland in the tournament finals.
Allyson Huffman had 19 kills and 18 digs for Mt. Juliet while Shelby Woodard supplied six aces and six blocks. Halle Raines finished with 41 assists.
Huffman was named to the all-region tournament team.
Portland swept West Creek in three games to advance to last night’s final against Rossview. Both teams will play in sectional action Thursday with the region champion playing at home.