Heading to Gallatin to play in the Bison Bash Volleyball tournament, the White House Heritage Patriots volleyball squad rolled through the 16-team tournament capped by a three-set victory over Davidson Academy to win the Gold Bracket championship.

The yearly tournament, hosted by Station Camp, started on Friday night in pool play with the Patriots facing AAA foe Clarksville Northeast Eagles. The Patriots came out strong in the opening match cruising to a two-set victory over the Eagles (25-22, 25-26).

The Patriots were immediately back on the court to face the Pope John Paul II Knights falling (21-25, 27-29) in a tightly played match.

Capping off the opening night, the Patriots took on the University School of Nashville Tigers in a three-set thriller. Heritage took the opening set 25-17 before falling 24-26 in a second set that needed extra points to decide. The Tigers and Patriots squared off in a first to 15 final set that Heritage took 15-10 for the overall win.

The Patriots ended Friday night at 2-1.

Opening up play early Saturday morning with a meeting versus district nemesis Greenbrier Bobcats, the Patriots did something they haven’t done in all of 2013: They defeated the Bobcats (25-19, 25-19) to move to 3-1 in the Bash.

Using the momentum of a huge win over Greenbrier, the Patriots swept Davidson Academy with relative ease (25-18, 27-25) before falling to a very good AAA team in host Station Camp (22-25, 14-25), dropping the Patriots to 4-2.

The Patriots ended pool play with the second seed in the Gold Bracket tournament.

Heritage took the court versus county foe East Robertson Indians for tournament play late Saturday afternoon and dominated the Indians 2-0 (25-20, 25-18) to move to the semi-finals versus Greenbrier yet again.

With the momentum of beating the Bobcats for the first time all season, Heritage again swept Greenbrier 2-0 (25-15, 25-22) and earned a spot in the Gold Bracket finals versus the Davidson Academy Bears.

The Bears of Davidson Academy were determined to give Heritage a much better match in the championship finals but had no answers for the Patriot attack, with Heritage taking the opening set 25-21. Davidson Academy responded to Heritage’s opening set win with a dominant second set, 25-19, sending the championship match to a third and final set.

The Bears and Patriots fought back and forth throughout the final set, a race to 15 points, with Heritage holding a slim 14-13 lead. As the ball hit the ground, Heritage secured the 15th point giving them the Gold Bracket championship, the overall winner among the 16 teams participating in the event.

Tori Permenter led the Patriots with 94 kills followed by Taylor DesMarias with 48, Casey Scannell with 19 and Mee Rae Sands with 19. Permenter also led with 12 aces followed by Scannell, Lauren Gammons, and Becca Franey with 10 aces per player.

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