High School Sports

VB: Bearcats set for Tuesday playoff opener

Brookland-Cayce’s season-long preparation for the Class 3A state volleyball playoffs will be put to the test Tuesday when the Bearcats host Battery Creek in a first-round Lower State match.

B-C enters with a 10-9 overall record, including an 8-2 run at a second-place finish in Region 5-3A.

“We have improved play during the season,” said Bearcats coach Beth Cleland. “We have expected much from some young players with experienced players in the mix forstability. We have been semi-pleased with the results overall. Weplayed a tough schedule so that we could identify our weaknesses before the region play began. We still have areas to improve, but overall, we are playing fairly well. We hope to continue to improve as we progress through the playoffs, assuming we have more time to practice.”

Seniors MacKenzie Cleland and Kristin Hutchins have been key performers. Cleland has 244 assists as the primary setter, has 22 blocks, a 95% serve ratio and a 33% kill percentage. Hutchins has 18 blocks, an 82% serve ratio and a 54% kill percentage.

Juniors Alex White, Alley Greer and Ashlyn Hicks have also played well. White has 43 blocks, a 92% serve ratio and a 46% kill percentage. Greer has 102 blocks, is serving at a 94% rate and has a 44% kill percentage. Hicks, the B-C Libero, leads the team with a 96% serve ratio.