CLASS 4A QUARTERFINALS
BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 4A champion Bayside Academy (54-12) downed Central-Florence 3-0 and moved into the semifinals of the 49th annual AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Admirals will face LAMP in the semifinals Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Providence Christian and Montgomery Catholic posted quarterfinal wins and will meet in the other 4A semifinal.
Bayside Academy 3, Central-Florence 0: The Admirals of Coach Ann Schilling won 25-26, 25-11, 25-7 to move one step closer to playing for their 18th straight state title dating back to 2002. The school also leads the AHSAA with 27 state championships overall>
Schilling, who became the state’s only volleyball coach to win 1,500 varsity matches, got a strong effort from outside hitter Jacque Martin, who had 16 kills and served five aces. Ella Broadhead also had nine kills and five aces and setter Brelynn Dailey had 34 assists and nine digs. Libero Luci Wilson had 17 digs.
Central-Florence (41-28, coached by Drew Murphy, was paced by Ann Margaret Keener, who had 11 assists and six digs. Laura Lee also had eight digs.
LAMP 3, Brooks 1: Coach Dee Wilson’s squad posted a 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17 win over Brooks to reach the semifinals. Olivia Hughes had 16 kills, Claire Conway had 10 kills, Gracey Norris totaled nine kills and sophomore setter Grace Hoffman dished out 37 assists.
Providence Christian 3, Fairview 0: The Eagles (41-12) of Coach Bill Oldfield downed Fairview 25-11, 25-16, 25-18 with senior Autumn Mayes posting 20 kills, 12 digs, three blocks and two aces. Junior Adleigh Mayes had 34 assists and four aces and senior libero Emma Houston totaled 18 digs. Outside hitter Anna Riley added nine kills.
Brooks (29-34), coached by Ryan Roberson, were led by senior Jordan Tidwell’s 17 kills, four blocks, 11 digs and nine assists. Cameron Lovell also had five kills, seven digs and three aces.
Pacing Fairview (50-19), coached by Tracy Means, was Daisy Monasio. The junior middle hitter had 11 kills, two blocks and seven digs. Micah Means also had 21 assists and Katie Bal had nine digs.
Montgomery Catholic 3, Jacksonville 2: The Knights (26-11), coached by Sellers Dubberley, dropped the first set 17-25 but came back to win the match 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13. No statistics were reported by Catholic.
Jacksonville, coached by David Clark, got super efforts from his pair of junior middle hitters, Kayla Broom and Brenna Stone. They hard 27 and 22 kills, respectively, and 12 and 7 blocks. Broom also had 11 digs and Stone had 16. Setter Molly Wilson dished out 28 assists.
CLASS 7A QUARTERFINALS
BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 7A champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (38-8) downed Thompson 3-0 in its opening match of the 49th annual AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Dirty Dozen advanced to the semifinals to face Bob Jones (33-14) at 3:30 Wednesday.
Bob Jones downed Baker 3-0, Mountain Brook (57-7) topped Auburn 3-0 and Hoover (34-14) beat Enterprise 3-1 in the other quarterfinal matches. The Spartans and Bucs square off in the other semifinal at 3:30.
McGill-Toolen Catholic 3, Thompson 0: Imani Nicholson’s 10 kills led a balance attack as McGill beat the Warriors 25-12, 25-20, 25-15. Haley Palmer and Skyler Bumpers each had seven kills, Katie Hemphill had 15 digs and setter Amelia Boykin had nine digs and 26 assists. Palmer also had seven service aces, most reported for any player in the quarterfinals in all classes.
Thompson (34-26), coached by Judy Green, was paced by senior Molly Willis’ 10 kills. Bri Wilson also had eight kills and Kelsey Tangle had 21 assists.
Bob Jones 3, Baker 2: The Patriots (33-14), coached by Cassie Mullinax, and The Hornets (21-16) went the distance as Bob Jones pulled out 16-25, 25-23, 18-25, 27-25, 15-12 win. Juanita Monteiro-Pai had 18 kills and 19 digs for the Patriots. Lauren Lyons had 10 kills, four blocks and 20 digs, Krista Degenaar contributed 11 kill and Adeline Barnes had 43 assists, 13 digs and two aces.
Baker, coached by Carly Dougherty, got strong performance from setter Kelsey Folse. She had 48 assists, 14 digs and three blocks. Alexis Burkhardt had 18 kills and 18 digs, Anna-Marie Stevens totaled 17 kills, Rachel Morissette had 15 kills and three blocks, and libero Megan Edmond had 45 digs.
Mountain Brook 3, Auburn 0: The Lady Spartans of Coach Vickie Nichols beat the Tigers in three sets 25-7, 25-14, 25-14 as senior Grace Carr notched 11 kills and 12 digs. Celia Field had eight kills and seven digs, Mary Kathrine Fowlkes added eight kills and Ann Vandevelde had 26 assists and nine digs. Field and Carr also had four aces each.
Auburn (37-20), coached by Bentley Stephenson, got eight kills from Lilly Casey.
Hoover 3, Enterprise 1: The Bucs (34-14) beat Enterprise 25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 25-16) to set up the semifinal match with rival Mountain Brook. Coach Chris Camper’s team was led by Rya McKinnon’s 23 kills and 20 digs. Gabrielle Essix added 16 kills and Sydney Melton had 10. Laurel Burkhardt added 17 digs and setter Aly Durban dished out 50 assists and had 11 digs.
Enterprise (32-15), coached by Janie Wiggins, was led by Tatiana Bonilla’s 25 digs and Ali Wiggins’ rare triple double 13 kills, 15 digs and 10 assists. Morgan Harrelson had 14 assists and six kills.
CLASS 6A QUARTERFINALS
BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green (57-8) beat Pelham 3-0 and Albertville (44-11) defeated Northridge 3-0 Wednesday morning to set up a semifinal battle later today at Birmingham’s CrossPlex as the 49th AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Tournament continued its first-day action.
Defending state champion Spanish Fort (70-6) downed Athens 3-0) and Hartselle (68-10) beat Chelsea 3-1 to advance to the other semifinal game.
Hazel Green 3, Pelham 0: Gracie Lynn Butler recorded 25 kills, 14 digs and three blocks as the Trojans (57-8) won their match over Pelham 25-21, 35-33, 25-17. Catherine Smith had 37 assists and 16 digs, and Brittany Strope added 14 digs. Grace Engels contributed five blocks and seven digs for Coach CoCo Tate Hughes’ squad.
Pelham (32-17), coached by Perry Robinson, got 15 kills and 13 digs from Erin Long. Tammy Melendez had 21 digs and Ashley Anderson had 14 assists and 11 digs. Kennedy Chambers had seven kills.
Albertville 3, Northridge 0: Jayden Watkins and Journey Oden had 11 and 10 kills, respectively, ss Coach Lydia O’Donnell’s Aggies (44-11) beat Northridge 25-20, 25-19, 25-18). The duo also had 7 and 6 blocks, and setter Savannah Rutledge had 20 assists. Middle hitter Landon Phillips also had nine blocks.
Northridge, coached by Ryan Gamble, also had a strong showing on the front line with Mary Morgan Formby totaling 11 kills and 9 blocks and Lydia Paulette, 9 kills and 10 blocks.
Spanish Fort 3, Athens 0: The Toros (70-6) of Coach Gretchen Boykin notched the 70th match win of the season with the 25-14, 25-11, 25-10 win over Athens. Avery Rogers posted 17 kills, Kamble Fanette had eight kills and nine digs, Kayla Keshock had six kills and 30 assists.
Hartselle 3, Chelsea 1: Hailey Holshouser controlled the net with 22 kills and also had 16 digs to lead Coach Tonya Lybarger’s Tigers (68-10) to s 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20 win over Chelsea. Lillyanna Cartee added 27 digs, 10 kills and five blocks, Tori Hughes had 17 digs and Grace Leighton dished out 40 assists.
No statistics were reported for Chelsea.
CLASS 5A QUARTERFINALS
BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 5A state champion Jasper (61-9) rolled past Saint James (13-40) in a quarterfinal match-up of last year’s state finalists and the Lady Vikings won in three straight, 25-12, 25-12, 25-7.
The win sends Jasper to the semifinals to face Alexandria at 3:30 p.m. today at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Valley Cubs (45-11) eliminated Brewbaker Tech in straight sets as well, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19). Faith Academy (44-9) and Lawrence County (48-19) posted qurterinal wins in the 9:45 time slot to advance to the other semifinal.
Jasper 3, Saint James 0: Alex Oliver led Jasper, coached by Bobby Daniel, with nine kills, seven service aces and two blocks, and middle hitter Jordan Gilbert had seven blocks and five kills. Dayion Johnson also had five blocks. Setter Temperance Chatman had 19 assists.
Saint James, coached by Karen Lee, was paced by Hannah Grace Griggs’ eight digs. Lily Foley also had eight assists and the trio of Mary Julian Selzer, Danielle Greene and Merrily Capouya had five kills each.
Alexandria 3, Brewbaker Tech 0: Coach Whitney Welch’s Valley Cubs were led by junior Jordan Beason’s 13 kills and eight digs. Lexi Weber also had 11 kills and two blocks and Madison Wallace, nine kills and three block. Anna Johnson dished out 31 assists, had seven digs and two aces. Sarah Pelham also contributed 17 digs and two assists.
Logan Horne and Madison Morgan had 16 digs each for Brewbaker, coached by Elissa Morris. Elaina Brooks had 11 kills, Lindsey Scott eight and Horne six. Setter Mikea Allen had 25 assists.
Faith Academy 3, Guntersville 1: Aaliyah Austin turned in a effort on the front line finishing with 25 kills and five blocks to pace the Rams to a 25-22, 12-25, 25-23, 25-17 win in the 5A quarterfinals. Setter Brinkley Hern had 21 assists and five digs, and libero Kristen Mitternight had 15 digs and six assists for Coach Claire Elliott. Guntersville statistics were not available.
Lawrence County 3, Ramsay 0: Coach Robyn Hutto’s Red Devils downed Ramsay 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 with Anna Claire Hutto turning in an all-around performance with 30 assists, 13 digs, six kills, three service aces and one block. Lexi Heidt added 12 kills and 17 digs, Abby Cook had seven kills and seven digs, and Sami Parker had four aces and 15 digs.
Ramsay (21-28), coached by Shauntae Lockett-Lewis, got a tremendous effort from middle hitter Lauren Canady, who had 21 kills, four blocks and two aces. Jaidynn Perkins also had 13 kills and six blocks. Yemiymah Yisrael had 23 digs and Ihanla Williams totaled 28 assists and and 13 digs.
CLASS 3A QUARTERFINALS
BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 3A state champion Montgomery Academy advanced to the semifinals along with Geraldine, St. Luke’s Episcopal and Houston Academy as the 49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships got underway at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday morning.
The 3A semifinals are set for 2 p.m. today with Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles (45-6) facing St. Luke’s (39-10) and Geraldine (41-8) meeting Houston Academy (32-12).
Montgomery Academy 3, Westminster Christian 0: Senior Millie Stevenson had 31 assists to and nine digs lead the Eagles to a 25-11, 25-13, 25-13 opening win. Libero Grace Jackson had 14 digs, Mary Gray Turner had 15 kiills and Anaya Thomas added nine kills. Ann Cobern Chapman also had seven kills and three blocks.
Shelby Deerman had 10 kills and Julie Farris totaled 18 digs to pace Westminster (23-18), coached by Holly Richards.
Houston Academy 3, Carbon Hill 0: The Raiders of Dothan swept Carbon Hill (35-23) 25-17, 25-23, 25-17). Ivie Gibbons’ 20 assists and Hannah Dutton’s 10 kills led Carbon Hill. No leaders were available for Houston Academy.
St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Lexington 0: Gracie Sims had 15 digs and 10 kills to lead St. Luke’s to a 25-11, 25-12, 25-19 victory over Lexington. Haley Patterson added 12 kills and five blocks, Abigail Lowry had 15 kills and setter Grace Garrett had 32 assists. She also had 11 digs for Coach Meredith Donald’s Wildcats.
Geraldine 3, Prattville Christian 1: Senior Jerikas Gary and Haven Hall had 16 and 11 kills, respectively, to lead Geraldine to a 25-13, 20-25, 25-7, 25-23 win over Prattville Christian. Hall also had nine blocks, sophomore Lilly Rowell had six kills and 10 digs, and setter Kirby Smith had 20 assists.
56 Teams to Vie for 7 State titles at CrossPlex beginning Wednesday
Seven Defending State Champions in the Field for 49th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships
BIRMINGHAM – All seven defending state champions from 2018 will be in the 56-team field as 49th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships get underway Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
First matches get underway at 8 a.m., with Class 3A contests getting underway on four courts and two Class 5A quarterfinal matches opening play on the other two courts. The semifinal round closes out the competition Wednesday night. All championships will be played Thursday at the adjoining 5,000-seat Bill Harris Arena beginning with the Class 3A finals at 8 a.m., followed by Class 5A at 9:45, Class 7A at 11:30, Class 6A at 1:15 p.m., Class 2A at 3 p.m., Class 1A at 4:45 and Class 4A at 6:30 p.m.
Defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (37-9) will be attempting to claim its 23st state title overall when the Dirty Dozen opens the 7A tourney at 11 a.m., Wednesday versus Thompson (32-16). Bayside Academy (53-12), which won for the first time in Class 4A last season, is riding a 17-year streak of state titles dating back to 2002. During that time the Admirals have won championships in Class 2A, 3A and 4A and won in Class 1A in 1997. Coach Ann Schilling because the only volleyball coach in state history to coach 1,500 career victories earlier this season. Bayside will be vying for its 28th state title overall with a first-round match versus Central Florence (47-26) at 12:30 Wednesday.
Other defending state champions include Pleasant Home (1A), Addison (2A), Montgomery Academy (3A), Jasper (5A) and Spanish Fort (6A). Addison, coached by Kayla Woodard, is riding six-year state championship streak and has captured 11 state titles overall.
All seven state championship matches will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com. Thompson and Albertville high schools will live-stream their schools’ Wednesday matches over the NFHS Network’s school broadcast program.
First-round pairings for Wednesday’s first day of competition can be found at the following link online at www.ahsaa.com.
The individual brackets can be retrieved from the following link:
AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 8
MONTGOMERY – Senior setter Kayla Keshock had 202 assists as Spanish Fort (55-6) claim 10 volleyball match wins last week, including claiming the championship of the Shrimp Fest Invitational Tourney at Gulf Shores. Her effort captured the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 8 of the 2019 regular season.
The tourney featured many of the AHSAA’s strongest programs and was an excellent tune-up for the AHSAA state volleyball playoffs which get underway next week with area tournament play. All area tourney brackets can be found at www.ahsaa.com in the volleyball section of the in-season sports box located on the front of the website.
The Toros will be hosting the Class 6A, Area 2 tourney October 22. Classes 1A, 3A, 4A and 5A will conduct area tournaments on Monday, October 21, while Classes 2A, 6A and 7A will hold area tournaments next Tuesday. The winner and runner-up from each area tourney will advance to either the South or North Super Regional Volleyball Championships at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Multiplex (South) and the Von Braun Center in Huntsville (North). The top four teams in each class at the Super Regionals will then advance to the 49th AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships set for the Birmingham CrossPlex and Bill Harris Arena October 31 – November 1.
Spanish Fort beat Daphne, Buckhorn, Hartselle, Curry, Lawrence County, Guntersville, St. Luke’s, Buckhorn, St. Paul’s Episcopal and Hartselle again in the finals to win the tourney title. Keshock, a Samford University commitment, also had 36 digs, 13 kills, 13 blocks and 17 service aces on the week as she continued to show why she is considered one of the state’s top all-around players in the AHSAA. Senior libero Meg Brackhan added 124 digs, senior Avery Rodgers had 95 kills, 15 blocks and 50 digs, and junior Kamble Franette totaled 55 kills, 82 digs, eight blocks and 18 service aces for Coach Gretchen Boykin.
The Shrimp Fest Invitational was one of several tournaments that provided a glimpse of what fans can expect in the post-season. Class 7A Mountain Brook’s Grace Carr had 96 kills as the Class 7A Lady Spartans (50-7) won nine straight matches last week on the way to also winning the prestigious Margaret Blalock Invitational volleyball tournament at Homewood on Saturday to climax the week.
Carr also had 87 digs, seven service aces and three blocks. Liz Vandevelde also had 116 digs and Mary Katherine Fowlkes contributed 49 kills and three blocks. Mountain Brook beat defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic in the semifinals and downed rival Hoover in the finals.
At Athens, Jordan Gilbert had 28 blocks and 24 kills to lead defending Class 5A state champion Jasper (53-8) to 10 straight match wins and the championship of Athens Invitational tourney. The 10 wins extended the current win streak to 19 matches for the Vikings of Coach Bobby Daniels. Jasper also got a big week from setter Temperance Chatman, who dished out 90 assists, and McKinley Ferguson, who had 41 kills, nine blocks and 14 service aces in five tourney wins.
In other top performances reported:
AMBER ASKEW, GRISSOM: Had 81 assists in five matches, going over 1,000 assists for her career at the Margaret Blalock Invitational in the process. She also had 18 digs in the tourney.
ALLI WILLIAMS, ATHENS: Had 95 kills and five blocks to lead the Golden Eagles to eight wins in nine matches last week. Athens reached the finals of its own tourney falling to defending Class 5A state champion Jasper in the championship match.
GABBI ESSIX, HOOVER: Totaled 64 kills in eight matches as the Lady Bucs (29-13) went 6-2 for the week, including reaching the finals of the Margaret Blalock Invitational.
AMELIA BOYKIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 132 assists as the Dirty Dozen (30-8) went 5-1 on the week.
GRACE LEIGHTON, HARTSELLE: Helped the Tigers (54-9) reach the finals of the Shrimp Fest tournament at Gulf Shores with 172 assists, 48 digs and 10 service aces over nine matches on the week. Hartselle finished 7-2 overall.
HANNAH DAVIS, SAND ROCK: Recorded 52 kills and had 72 digs as Sand Rock (31-9) won six matches and captured the Glencoe Invitational tourney championship.
JACI PARKER, REHOBETH: Had 38 kills, 13 service aces, 12 digs and 11 blocks as Rehobeth (19-5), which struggled in pool play, emerged to win the Ashford Invitational tourney. The Rebels beat Class 6A Dothan and host Ashford in the semifinals and finals.
DARIAN BELL, ASHFORD: Had 47 kills and 13 service aces in four matches to held Ashford (16-7) finish as runner-up in the Yellow Jackets’ own tourney.
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Had 140 assists, 32 digs and 15 aces in eight matches as the Bucks finished 5-3 for the week.
BAYLIE CRIM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Helped the Saints (26-11) go 7-1 on the week with 154 assists and 36 digs in the eight matches.
MERRITT BEASON, GARDENDALE: Recorded 17 kills in a win over McAdory. She also had nine digs and three service aces in the match.
KAILEY ARMSTRONG, MUSCLE SHOALS: Managed 61 kills, 43 digs and 13 service aces as the Trojans (31-15) won seven matches during the week.
KRISTEN MITTERNIGHT, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 81 digs and 44 assists as the Rams (35-9) went 8-1 for the week and won the Silver Bracket title at the Shrimp Fest Invitational at Gulf Shores.
LUCI WILKINSON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Totaled 113 digs and 25 aces as the defending Class 4A state champion Admirals (42-9) won seven of eight matches to reach the semifinals of the Margaret Blalock Invitational at Homewood.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 85 kills, 78 digs and 11 aces as the Eagles went 3-3 for the week.
IVIE GIBBONS, CARBON HILL: Provided 145 assists and 36 digs for Carbon Hill (27-20) in eight matches on the week.
AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 7
MONTGOMERY – defending AHSAA Class 5A state volleyball champion Jasper High School rolled to 10 straight match wins last week as Coach Bobby Daniels’ Vikings rolled to the championship of their own Don Drummond Family Invitational tournament.
Appearing in top-season form, Jasper didn’t drop a single set in the tourney to climb into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for week seven of the 2019 season.
The Vikings beat Mortimer Jordan, John Carroll, Hayden and Guntersville in regular season play, and then won the third annual Drummond Family Invitational beating Arab, Austin, Buckhorn, Northridge, Homewood and Buckhorn again for the title.
McKinley Ferguson had 12 aces and 47 kills, Alex Oliver had 10 aces, 42 kills and 23 digs, and Temperance Chatman had 105 assists.
Jasper (44-8) has won 11 matches in a row since falling to Mountain Brook in the Over the Mountain Invitational two weeks ago. This weekend, Daniels takes his team to Athens for the Athens Invitational. The 12-team tourney includes Ardmore, Athens, Brooks, Central-Florence, East Limestone, Elkmont, Florence, Haleyville, James Clemens, Jasper, Lindsay Lane and Rogers.
The 31st annual Margaret Blalock Invitational Tournament at Homewood gets underway Friday at Homewood will have a powerful field of many of the AHSAA’s top programs – all striving to reach their peak heading into the post season which gets underway with area tourney play Oct. 21 and 222.
The 19-team field, as usual, is loaded with programs that battle for state championships year after year. In fact, the field can claim at least 89 past state titles to their credit with defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic and defending Class 4A state champion Bayside Academy leading the way. The Dirty Dozen have 21 state titles to their credit and the Lady Admirals have won 27 – including 17 in a row.
Other schools in the field with past state titles include Huntsville (11), Hazel Green (8), Grissom (6), Ramsay (5), Mountain Brook (3), Thompson (3), Homewood (2) Madison Academy (2) and Bob Jones (1). All four Class 7A schools reaching the 2018 Elite Eight state tourney semifinals will be competing: McGill, Hoover, Bob Jones and Mountain Brook.
Last weekend was a big weekend for tournaments around the state and a big weekend for players who emerged to lead their teams to titles.
Among the top performances reported were:
BAILEY DREW McINTYRE, CHELSEA: Had 187 assists and 53 digs to lead the Class 6A Hornets (42-2) to eight straight wins and the championship of the Old Shell Road Invitational volleyball tournament at Mobile. Teammate Victoria Schmer added 96 digs and Zoe LaBreche had 70 kills. Chelsea bear Spanish Fort in the finals.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Dished out 140 assists and teammate Macie Williams had 55 kills as the Panthers (35-11) went 6-1 on the week and won the Etowah County tournament for the 11th straight year. Southside was 3-0 in the tourney with two wins over Hokes Bluff and one over Sardis.
REESE COLBURN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Sparked the Blue Devils (31-9) to a 6-2 record over eight matches, including four victories in the Jefferson County Tournament en route to the championship match win over Gardendale. She had 51 kills and 11 digs while teammates MaKensie Glenn and Madeline Snow added 29 and 28 kills, respectively. Glenn also had 20 blocks and Snow had 17.Haylee Roberts had 71 assists, 18 digs and seven service aces.
CAMERON LOVELL, BROOKS: Returned to the lineup in a big way after missing 25 matches this season. She had 78 kills, 89 digs and 19 aces as the Lions (18-25) reached the finals of the Lauderdale County tournament. Brooks lost to Wilson in the championship match.
LENNON McANNALLY, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Went 6-0 without dropping a single set to capture the Elmore County Block Party tournament championship as McAnnally collected 43 kills, 32 digs and 16 service aces. PCA beat Alabama Christian in the finals.
ASHLYN CONNER, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Helped the Raiders (19-9) go 4-0 in the Goshen Invitational to win the tourney championship. She had 120 assists, nine kills and seven aces. Teammate Caroline Nelson also had 12 aces.
MEG BRACKHAN, SPANISH FORT: The defensive specialist had 120 digs and eight series aces to help the Toros (45-6) win seven of eight matches. Spanish Fort’s only loss was to Chelsea in the finals of the Battle of Old Shell Road tourney.”
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Handed out 180 assists, had 42 digs and nine aces as the Bucks (36-13) won six of eight matches. Both losses were to Jasper in the Don Drummond Family Invitational hosted by the defending Class 5A state champion Vikings. The final loss came in the championship match.
OLIVIA BROWN, HOMEWOOD: Had 40 kills and 39 blocks as the Patriots (26-8) went 5-2 on the week and reached the semifinals of the Don Drummond Family Invitational at Jasper. MADALYN HOLLADAY, DANVILLE: Led the Hawks (32-9) to the finals of the Morgan County Tourney with 44 kills and 35 digs. Savanah Free also had 163 assists. Danville lost to Hartselle in the finals.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Totaled 55 kills, an average of 27.5 per match, in wins over Priceville and Madison County.
PARIS MORRIS, SPAIN PARK: Served 15 aces and had 29 kills as the Jags (28-13) beat Hewitt-Trussville and Mountain Brook.
SKYLER BUMPERS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 20 kills, six blocks and 11 digs in wins over Foley and Pensacola Catholic for the defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (24-7).
ADELINE BARNES, BOB JONES: Totaled 166 assists and 34 digs as the Patriots went 7-1 in matches last week.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Helped the Senators (28-10) go 4-1 for the week with 51 kills in the five matches.
ZOE ATKINSON, OAK MOUNTAIN: Led the Eagles (26-12) to a 5-2 record overall, including going 2-2 in the Metarie Park Country Day School Invitational at New Orleans. She had 28 kills, 23blocks and eight services aces.
RACHEL MORRISETTE, BAKER: Registered 30 kills on 45 attempts with just four errors as Baker (15-11) beat Mary Montgomery and St. Paul’s Episcopal in regular-season matches.
MARY MORGAN FORMBY, NORTHRIDGE: Had 70 kills, 36 assists and 30 digs as Northridge went 4-2 in six matches for the week.
AALIYAH AUSTIN, FAITH ACADEMY: Totaled 68 kills and six blocks in seven matches for the Rams.
MIKEA ALLEN, BREWBAKER TECH: Had 150 assists as Brew Tech won three matches over Carver-Montgomery, Enterprise and Saint James.
KEYSTON HENDERSON, CROSSVILLE: Totaled 57 kills and 37 digs in four matches as the Lions went 5-1 for the week.
HAVEN HALL, GERALDINE: Had 31 kills, 10 blocks, seven digs and four aces as Geraldine (25-7) beat Oneonta, Crossville and Ider.
HANNAH DAVIS, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats (25-9) to four wins with 42 kills, 48 digs and seven aces for the week.
ALLI TEMPLE, PHILLIPS: Had 22 assists and 17 kills as the Bears (21-14) downed Belgreen in a key Class 1A match in northwest Alabama.
AHSAA VOLLEYBALL SPOTLIGHT
MONTGOMERY – Bayside Academy (34-8) was 4-1 in the strong field at the Over the Mountain volleyball tournament held at Hoover last weekend.
More significantly, the Admirals posted the 1,500th coaching victory of Coach Ann Schilling’s legendary career and landed in the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2019 season.
Schilling, who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, finished the weekend with a 1,502-407 career record. The defending Class 4A state champion Admirals posted wins over Etowah (GA), Class 5A Jasper and Class 7A powers Vestavia Hills and Thompson before falling 2-1 to host and tourney champion Class 7A Hoover in the semifinals.
The state’s volleyball coaching career wins leader is now in a most elite group of one as the only high school volleyball coach in the AHSAA to reach the 1,500-match victory milestone. Earlier this season, Montgomery Academy Coach Julie Gordon coached her 1,400th career match win at Montgomery Academy, joining Schilling and retired coaches Glenda Wright and Tammy Richardson reaching that exclusive milestone.
Bayside has won 17 straight AHSAA state volleyball titles dating back to 2002 and have won 24 state championships over a 27-year period since 1992. Schilling’s program has won titles in Class 1A, 2A, 3A, and last year, in Class 4A. Victory No. 1,500 came against the defending Class 5A state champion Jasper Vikings last weekend.
Jacque Martin and Emily Buhl led Bayside at the Over-the-Mountain tourney. Martin had 36 kills, four aces, four blocks and 27 digs and Buhl recorded six aces, 26 kills and 27 digs.
Hoover (22-10) went 5-1 in the tourney to win the championship. The Bucs avenged a pool-play loss to 7A rival Mountain Brook with a victory in the championship match.
The Class 7A third-ranked Bucs beat the Spartans 2-1 in the title match after falling to the Spartans 2-0 earlier in pool play at the tournament.
Rya McKinnon led Hoover with 113 kills for the week, including 24 in the tourney win over Spain Park. She went over the 1,000-kill mark for her career in the tourney win over Baker.
Other top performances reported include:
ALLY McCOLLUM, PHILLIPS: Had 61 kills and seven blocks to spark the Bears (19-14) to the championship of the Marion County Tournament. Phillips beat Hackleburg twice and Meek in regular season play and then beat Marion County twice, Hackleburg, Hamilton and Winfield twice for the title after losing to the Pirates earlier in the tournament.
GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Led the Trojans (44-5) to the 10 match wins, including the championship of the Kentucky Challenge Invitational tourney at Lexington (KY). She had 81 kills, 42 digs, 14 blocks and five aces in the tourney with a career-high 17 digs in a win over Tate Creek (KY).
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Led the Toros (38-5) to nine match wins with 163 assists, 40 digs, 27 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces as Spanish Fort won the Harvest Fest Invitational at Boaz. The Toros beat Hartselle in the finals. Teammate Avery Rodgers contributed 88 kills and 21 aces.
IMANI NICHOLSON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Helped the defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (22-7) finish third in the Southern Invitational at Atlanta with 59 kills and 28 digs in seven matches.
MARY GRAY TURNER, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had 36 kills and 13 digs and teammate Millie Stevenson dished out 115 assists and the Eagles (28-5) went 6-0 to win the Danville Tournament of Champions.
ANSLEY DEAN, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 50 kills in two match wins over Prattville Christian and LAMP for the Lady Knights.
BAILEY DREW McINTYRE, CHELSEA: Had 158 assists, 49 digs and 21 aces as the Hornets (34-2) went 8-0 for the week and 5-0 to win its own September Slamfest tourney. Chelsea beat Brewbaker Tech in the finals.
ANNA CLARE HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Had 194 assists, 49 digs, 27 kills and 12 aces as the Lady Devils (30-11) were 8-3 for the week. Two losses were to defending 5A and 6A state champs Jasper and Spanish Fort.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Posted 57 kills, 63 digs and four aces as the Spartans won six of seven matches last week. Teammate Vandevelde had 133 assists.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 29 kills and 34 digs in three matches for the Senators (24-9).
MAKENNA LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 213 assists as the Rebels (24-3) posted six wins in seven matches.
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD, WINSTON COUNTY: had 132 KILLS, 19 service aces and 54 digs as the Yellow Jackets went 7-2 for the week.
AMBER ASKEW, GRISSOM: Dished out 72 assists and recorded five blocks and four aces in two match wins for the Tigers (22-12) over Danville and Guntersville.
AINSLEY SCHULTZ, VESTAVIA HILLS: Served a near-perfect 93 percent with 17 aces and just six errors in 88 attempts in seven matches for the Rebels. She also had 127 assists, 70 digs and six blocks.
HAVEN HALL, GERALDINE: Had 50 blocks and 55 kills as Geraldine (22-7) posted five wins in seven matches.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Had 82 kills as the Aggies went 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Harvest Fest Tourney.
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Totaled 100 assists as the Bucks (29-11) went 4-1 in five matches.
ALLI WILLIAMS, ATHENS: Totaled 96 kills and seven blocks in nine matches for the Golden Eagles (19-13).
McKINLEY FERGUSON, JASPER: Led the Class 5A Vikings (34-8) to seven wins in nine matches with 84 assists, 54 kills and 19 services aces.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 148 assists and 18 digs in eight matches for the Panthers (29-10), which went 6-2 for the week.
LOGAN HORNE, BREWBAKER TECH: Had 62 kills and 67 digs to lead Brew Tech to the finals of the SlamFest Tourney at Chelsea. Brewbaker (17-11) was 5-2 on the week.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 134 kills and 84 digs in 10 matches for the Eagles (30-6). She also served 10 aces and had 12 assists.
MADALYN HOLLADAY, DANVILLE: Posted 93 kills, 50 digs, 10 blocks and 10 aces as the Hawks (30-19) reached the finals of the Tournament of Champions hosted by Danville.
LAURA LEE KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORNCE: Had 155 digs and Ann Margaret Keener had 257 assists as Central went 7-4 for the week.
AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 5
MONTGOMERY – Mountain Brook High School’s Spartans volleyball team extended its current win streak to 20 in a row last weekend by winning the HeffStrong Invitational tournament at Spain Park High School.
The Spartans (34-5) of Coach Vickie Nichols won 11 matches in a row to win the 66-team Rocky Top Classic the previous weekend and followed with a regular-season victory over Hewitt-Trussville and six straight wins at the HeffStrong tourney. Mountain Brook didn’t lose a single set in the seven matches and beat host Spain Park in the finals.
The dominating win streak catapulted Class 7A Mountain Brook into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for week five of the 2019 season. Senior Grace Carr continued her strong play on the net with 54 kills, 40 digs and eight service aces. Senior teammate Hannah Hitson added 23 kills, seven blocks and seven aces, junior Celie Field also had 23 kills, five blocks, 30 digs and nine aces. Senior setter Ann Vandevelde, handed out 107 assists and also had 38 digs, five kills and three blocks in a strong all-around effort.
The next major tournament for Mountain Brook will be the Margaret Blalock Invitational scheduled for Oct. 11-12.
The Spartans’ team streak edged out a noteworthy milestone by Chelsea setter Bailey Drew McIntyre. She had 183 assists for the week and recorded the 1,000th assist of her career on Saturday in a win over Russell County at the Smiths Station Tourney. The Hornets (26-2) captured the championship later in the day beating Harris County (GA) in the finals. Chelsea was 8-1 on the week with wins over Vestavia Hills and Homewood in regular season play and victories over Valley, Smiths Station, Russell County, Shaw (Ga.), Central-Phenix City and Harris County in the tourney. McIntyre also had 63 digs and 25 service aces.
OTHER TOP PERFORMANCES REPORTED
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Won MVP honors leading the Aggies (21-4) to the Marshall County Tournament championship. She had 110 assists, 22 service aces, 16 kills and three blocks. Albertville, after losing to Arab in pool play, beat the Knights in the finals.
ANNA JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: The Valley Cubs’ setter turned in 152 assists, 46 digs, 20 aces and 15 kills as Alexandria (29-6) won eight matches to win the Brooks Invitational.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Handed out 150 assists and served seven aces as the Panthers (23-08) won the Champions Fall Fest Invitational and finished 7-1 on the week.
ABIGAIL WISTNER, MADISON ACADEMY: Totaled 110 assists, 61 kills, 79 digs and 17 aces as the Mustangs (27-10) went 8-2 on the week. Madison Academy won the Priceville Invitational going 8-0.
KARSEN KINMAN, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 29 assists as Horseshoe Bend won the Tallapoosa County tournament with wins over Ranburne, Dadeville and Reeltown.
PAGE MORRIS, SPAIN PARK: Totaled 70 kills, 15 aces, seven blocks and 11 digs as the Jaguars went 8-1 for the week and finished runner-up in the HeffStrong Tourney.
GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Totaled 77 kills and 26 blocks as the defending Class 6A state champion Trojans (35-5) finished 6-1 and reached the finals of the WILLCO Invitational in Tennessee before falling to Greenwood (KY).
HAILEY HOLSEHOUSER, HARTSELLE: Had 99 digs and 72 kills as Hartselle (33-5) went 8-1 for the week, including 4-1 at the WILLCO Invitational tourney. Teammate Grace Leighton also had 192 assists and 15 aces.
ANN MARGARET KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Passed out 256 assists, had 124 digs and 27 aces to lead Central to a 7-2 record and a strong showing in the Brooks Invitational.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 22 kills in a 25-21, 25-15, 25-20 setback to Houston Academy. She scored 39.3% of her team’s points just on her kill shots.
ASHLEY CONNER, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had 31 assists as the Raiders upset G.W. Long 3-0.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Had 30 kills and three service aces in two match wins as the Bucs beat Thompson and handed defending Class 5A state champion Jasper its first in-state
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 13 kills and nine service aces as the Senators (22-8) beat Austin.
ADELINE BARNES, BOB JONES: Helped the Patriots (16-8) go 4-2 at the HeffStrong tourney by notching 108 assists and 29 digs. Among the Bob Jones wins was a victory over defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic.
KALLIE BURDEN, DESHLER: Totaled 74 kills and five blocks in the Brooks Invitational as the Tigers went 7-1 for the week.
ALI WIGGINS, ENTERPRISE: Helped the Wildcats go 3-1 at the HeffStrong Tournament with 21 assists and 15 kills.
KAYLIE WRIGHT, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had 92 kills and 12 aces in 10 matches as the Trojans (20-12) went 6-4 for the week.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: Led the Bulldogs to s 3-0 win over Houston County with nine service saves and eight kills.
COURTNEY STONE, DORA: Had 147 assists and 36 digs in nine matches for the Bulldogs.
KHLOE KIMBRELL, CURRY: Had 136 assists, 43 digs and 17 aces as Curry (35-6) went 9-1 on the week with the only loss coming to Southside-Gadsden at the Champions Fall Fest tourney.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II: Had 113 kills and 14 aces in nine matches for the Falcons.
CALEY GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats to five wins in seven matches with 120 digs and 10 aces.
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