The event begins today with round-robin matches at Sequoyah and Etowah, beginning at 5 p.m. It will conclude Saturday with a series of matches at Cherokee.
The team with the best record over the two days of matches will be crowned the county champion.
In today’s matches at Sequoyah, River Ridge will play the host Lady Chiefs at 5 p.m. Creekview and River Ridge will play at 6 p.m., and the evening will end with Sequoyah-Creekview at 7 p.m.
At Etowah, the evening will begin with the Lady Eagles hosting Cherokee at 5 p.m. Woodstock and Cherokee will play at 6 p.m. and Etowah will play Woodstock at 7 p.m.
Sequoyah coach John Edwards said the title is up for grabs. All of the teams have improved since the season opened.
“There are no easy matches,” he said.
Last year, Woodstock emerged as the county champion for the first time since 2003, winning all five of its matches. Sequoyah remains the overwhelming leader, having won 17 county titles since 1991.
Earlier in the season, all of the county teams participate in the Sequoyah Classic. While there have certainly been improvements, a few injuries and a season worth of experience, Sequoyah and Creekview both played their way into the gold bracket of that event. Woodstock also performed well, despite a loss to Sequoyah.
At 29-8 overall, it’s actually River Ridge that has the best record of any county team. The Lady Knights lost both their meetings with Sequoyah earlier in the season, though they beat Cherokee twice. River Ridge has not yet played Etowah, Creekview or Woodstock.
Sequoyah has the best record against county opponents, having defeated Woodstock, Creekview and Etowah, in addition to River Ridge. The Lady Chiefs, however, have not played Cherokee.
Etowah beat Woodstock and Cherokee and the only during Area 4AAAAAA play, although it took the Lady Eagles three sets to beat the Lady Wolverines.
Much like the Sequoyah Classic was an early-season tuneup, many of the coaches view the country championship as a chance to get things in order before the area tournaments take place next week.
“It’s another measuring stick,” Etowah coach Kim Robertson said. “Of course, you want to win, but we can also get a chance to face some good competition.”