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Lady Tigers volley into post season
The Lady Tigers are poised to host at least the first round of the state volleyball playoffs this season. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Bradwell Institute’s volleyball team is poised to host the first two rounds of the state playoffs — if the athletes can stick to their winning ways. Last Monday, the squad was 21-4 overall with two more matches and the region tournament to go.
On Tuesday, the Lady Tigers logged two victories, beating Richmond Hill, 12-25 and 25-27, and Jenkins, 25-18 and 25-23. BI then headed to Johnson High school for the 3-AAAAA Region tournament, which started Saturday morning. Volleyball coach Readie Kelly said the girls are feeling confident.
“As far as the region is concerned, we are No. 2,” she said. “And if Camden loses one, then we’ll be tied for first.”
Should the girls hold onto the No. 2 spot or move into first place, they’ll have the opportunity to host the first two rounds of the state volleyball tournament, which begins Oct. 15-20, according to
The region’s athletic directors determine the brackets for the region tournament.
“Right now, we are just looking at getting past these next two matches and preparing for Saturday so we can finish out the regular season and the region tournament,” Kelly said. “I would like our girls to be the region champions.”
The coach said if the Lady Tigers come out as the top-seeded team, they will play the fourth-seeded team from 1-AAAAA.
The squad was 13-0 at the season’s midway point, but hit a mild slump.
“I think it was good for us to lose those four games in the middle of the season,” the coach said. “You know, team’s peak then you have a down spell and then you have an upswing again … Well, we’ve had the down spell and now we are on the upswing again. I think we needed those losses to get us back in focus.”
Kelly said the team recently had a meeting where everyone was allowed to state their opinions and work through their challenges and differences, “And we are now back to being a family and back to our winning ways,” the coach said. “Everybody wants to win, not just the seniors or a couple of players here and there, but the entire team wants it now.”
Kelly said she told her players that winning will require a commitment from the entire squad.
“We have the talent, we have the skills. Now we just need to execute,” she said.
The Courier will post the Lady Tigers playoff results as they become available.

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