Spartans’ record 6-peat

CCS earns school’s 1st TSSAA ‘silver’ trophy

Webb School of Knoxville players, coaches and young fans celebrate the program’s sixth consecutive TSSAA Division-II-A volleyball state title, accomplished Thursday, Oct. 18, in Murfreesboro.
MURFREESBORO — Chris Hames has been Webb School of Knoxville’s volleyball head coach for the last seven seasons.

Under her leadership, the Lady Spartans have been to the Division II-A State Championship match seven times — and have won the last six state crowns.

Webb made history Thursday, Oct. 18, when it swept Division II-A East Region District 1 rival Concord Christian School in straight games in Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center.

The Spartans (36-7) join Brentwood (Division I-AAA) as the first programs in TSSAA history to win six straight volleyball state titles.

Meanwhile, the Lady Lions played in their school’s first TSSAA state championship contest.

Hames’ daughter, Pepperdine commitment Kayleigh Hames, had 27 kills and 17 digs and was named Most Valuable Player of the championship match.

“This is just amazing,” Kayleigh said. “We have an awesome coach and all the girls are awesome. Just winning this last one, making history, was the cherry on top.”

Haley Jenkins had 41 assists and 12 digs for the Spartans.

Webb cruised in the opening two games against the Lady Lions (36-12). But CCS came to life in the third game and led 16-10, 23-21 and 25-24 before Webb rallied to claim its historic title (29-27).

A freshman-laden Concord team made its second consecutive appearance in the Division II-A State Tournament, also reaching the Division I Class A Tournament twice in its brief volleyball history.

Freshman Annabelle Sulish had 21 kills and nine digs for CCS. Emma Meyer had 25 assists and 11 digs. “It’s our first year making it to the championship, so it’s just an amazing experience,” Sulish said.

“It’s amazing to experience all the way around.”