The Nolensville Knights hosted their region tournament Tuesday and came out victorious.
They won a region title with a convincing win over East Nashville in the Semifinals, and a hard-fought win in the finals over Hume-Fogg.
Against East Nashville the Lady Knights were able to dominate all thee sets, 25-3, 25-4, and 25-6 to win the match 3-0. They were set to play Hume-Fogg, who won an electrifying five-game semifinal thriller to advance.
In game one of the finals, the Lady Knights showed they meant business jumping out to a 4-0 lead.
They increased the lead to 8-2, forcing Hume-Fogg to take a timeout to stop the momentum and regroup. With each point the Nolensville student section became louder and enthralled with the game as they were ready to celebrate with the team.
The Lady Knights continued to control the action with lower shots and set-ups that proved to be too much for Hume-Fogg. They grew the lead to 17-6 before another Hume-Fogg timeout.
But Hume-Fogg continued to fight, scoring multiple points in a row, and got the score within 21-13. The Hume-Fogg fans traveled well and were just as loud and supportive of their team as Nolensville fans were.
After an impressive offensive rally and cutting the score to 22-15 Nolensville took a timeout. It was apparent they wanted to finish game one off and take the early advantage.
And it made sense because Hume-Fogg fought back to 24-21, forcing Nolensville to call another timeout as they had lost all momentum of game one.
But after the timeout Nolensville came out and scored the game-winning point after a ferocious back-and-forth offensive display with Hume-Fogg and won 25-21.
In set two, Nolensville once again came out offensively on fire and took a 5-0 lead. They kept the pressure on and after increasing the lead to 9-2, forcing Hume-Fogg to take a timeout.
And the team kept their foot on the gas as they increased the lead to 14-2. And after an impressive game of effective setups, power spikes and defense, the Lady Knights were closer to their goal as they held onto the commanding lead and took the set, 25-7.
In set three, Hume-Fogg showed why they're in the finals as they upped their intensity and jumped out to a 7-2 lead.
After Nolensville took a timeout, the Lady Knights came out and seized control and quickly got back to within an 8-7 score. Later in the game it was 16-13 Hume-Fogg when Nolensville made their final championship scoring run.
They came back and took the lead at 21-20, and you could sense that the championship was coming home to Nolensville. And up 24-22 the Knights finished off the set 25-22, cementing the region.
Nolensville Head Coach Brett Young gave his thoughts on the championship performance.
"We continued to play well," he said. "That's a good feeling going into the postseason. We kept the momentum we had going throughout the season with what we did in the district tournament.
"And this championship match out opponent just coming off a two hour and 15 minute semifinal, where they had to fight and scratch and claw. So we had a little advantage with that."
He went on to praise his team, "I thought overall out kids played well, especially in the third set to get down like we did and fight back. I was proud of that.
"Because once you get to that fourth game and potentially fifth you never know what can happen. I was glad we got it done in that third set. "
After the tournament Nolensville had four players selected to the All-Region team: Mayme Guthrie, Avery Young, Maggie Ricker and MVP Jazmyn Jank.