Timing means everything in most sports and high school volleyball is no exception.
After two weekends packed with tournament action, Tara’s Slammin’ Volleyball Classic stands alone in the high school sports weekend spotlight in the Baton Rouge area.
The two-time tourney features 16 teams and begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday with pool play at Tara. Action resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday. The title contest is set for 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
Silliman Institute heads to Liberty, Mississippi, for the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ Class South State tournament.
“I really like the group of teams we have,” Tara coach Barry Jackson said. “At this point it would be hard for me pick a favorite.
“I got to see Plaquemine last week at Brusly’s tournament and they seem to be coming around.
“Belaire is always tall and athletic and (Belaire coach) Ella Reado does a good job getting everything she can out of them. Baton Rouge High is another team I like and so is Walker.”
The Tara gym will be divided into two courts for pool play and the elimination rounds. Ten pool matches are set for Friday, with 14 more scheduled Saturday in the traditional best of three-sets tourney format.
Third-place teams in each of the four pools meet in consolation playoffs at 1:15 p.m. The semifinals are scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Silliman seeks another title
The two-day MAIS South State tourney starts Saturday and concludes with Monday games at Ethel Vance Park.
Silliman (36-8) won its sixth straight district title, going 6-0 in MAIS District 6-2A. The Wildcats seek their fifth straight South State title. Coach Trae Weaver’s team is the top seed from 6-2A. The top four teams advance to the MAIS overall 2A tourney the following weekend.
Kennedy Carruth is 24-6 on the mound with a 1.46 earned run average for the Wildcats. Shortstop Callie Venable leads Silliman with a .524 batting average. Center fielder Kayla McNabb (.429) and Carruth (.393) are the other top hitters for the Wildcats.