Copeland earns all-state volleyball honors
by By JOE CANNON Assistant Sports Editor
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BRADLEY CENTRAL junior Brooke Copeland (9) was named to the TSWA All-State volleyball team today. Banner photo, JOE CANNON
BRADLEY CENTRAL junior Brooke Copeland (9) was named to the TSWA All-State volleyball team today. Banner photo, JOE CANNON
Although she’s feared for her powerful slams, Bradley Central’s Brooke Copeland developed a strong all-around volleyball game, earning her state recognition.

The Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association’s all-state volleyball teams were released today with Copeland as one of only three southeast Tennessee representatives on the class AAA squad.

Ooltewah standouts Leondra Barrett and Kelsey Chernak were also selected to the honor squad.

Named as a middle hitter on the all-state list, Copeland helped lead the Bearettes to the TSSAA substate playoffs this past season, finishing 30-15 and just one win shy of a state tournament berth.

Although at 6-foot-2, she dominated at the net with 608 kills and 95 blocks this past season, the junior showed off her skills as an all-around player with 388 digs, 36 aces and nine assists.

A three-year starter for coach Christie McElhaney, Copeland has shown marked improvement each season and developed her game to the point that she rarely leaves the court due to her back row abilities as well as her front line play.

She was named the co-Most Valuable Player in District 5-AAA this past season, plus earned All-District and All-Region tournament honors for her post-season play.

The versatile athlete is currently the leading scorer on the Bearette basketball squad that has won its first 10 games of the hoop season, the best start for the program since legendary coach Jim Smiddy’s 1992-93 squad went 28-0 before tasting defeat.

TSWA Class AAA All-State Volleyball team

Outside hitter

Kate Hudson, Ravenwood

Rylee Milhorn, Sullivan South

Kristin Randolph, Bearden

Maya Horner, Columbia Central

Sarah Tuttle, Brentwood High

Payton Logan, Ravenwood

Fanise Cannon, Columbia Central

Samantha Cotton, Brentwood

Middle hitter

Brooke Copeland, Bradley Central

Kaitlyn Cupples, Anderson County

Sarah Richardson, Houston

Ryann Amity, Mt. Juliet

Leondra Barett, Ooltewah


Hunter Thompson, Brentwood High

Kelsey Chernak, Ooltewah

Carrie McGinnis, Bearden

Lexi Duncan, Columbia Central


Reagan Petty, Centennial

Lexi Hartscok, Dobyns-Bennett

Alexi Spahn, Brentwood High


Renzie Rice, Science Hill

Kenzie Fields, Bartlett

Emma Milstead, Farragut

Coach of the Year: Tracey Berry, Ravenwood