Baylor 3, Father Ryan 0. The nights are cooler, the leaves are changing, and Baylor is returning to the state volleyball tournament - all marks of autumn. The Raiders beat Father Ryan in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18 25-22, Saturday in the first round of the state playoffs and earned a 12th consecutive spot in the state's final four tournament, which begins Tuesday at Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro.
In the previous 11 appearances at the state tournament, the Raiders have won two state championships (2014 and 2017), finished runner-up five times (2011, 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2019), and third four times (2009, 2010, 2012, and 2015).
Baylor, 10-4, takes on St. Agnes, 10-1, in the double elimination tournament's first match at 4:30 ET on Tuesday. Knox Catholic and Briarcrest play in the other half of the bracket.
For complete tournament information, visit TSSAASports.com.
Stats for Baylor vs. Father Ryan:
- Elaine Redman - 9 kills, 16 assists, 4 blocks, 13 digs
- Sierra Herndon - 8 kills, 4 blocks, 2 digs, 3 aces
- Holland Moss - 6 kills, 1 block, 1 dig
- Tess Margio - 8 kills, 2 blocks
- Elli Kinney - 2 kills, 1 assist, 5 digs
- Nadia Sixto - 5 kills, 3 digs
- Libby May - 14 assists, 5 digs, 1 ace
- Emma Gray - 18 digs
- Morgan Sharpe - 7 digs