Addison closes in on state title
by Johnathan Bentley
Nov 01, 2012 | 1226 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Addison's Chelsea Posey goes up for a spike as coach Pam Wilkins looks on during Wednesday's opening round match vs. Akron at the state tournament. Addison won its first two matches and faces Donoho at 9 a.m. today in the 1A championship match. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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BIRMINGHAM — No. 1 vs. No. 2 — that's how the state tournament is supposed to end.

That's the case in the Class 1A volleyball title match.

Top-ranked Addison takes on second-ranked Donoho at 9 a.m. today for the top spot at the Elite Eight State Volleyball Tournament being held at the Birmingham Crossplex.

Addison is looking for a bit of revenge this season.

Donoho defeated the Bulldogs in a five-set marathon in last year's championship match. Addison ousted Donoho in the semifinals in 2010 on the way to its fifth state championship.

"I think everybody knows that you've got to bring your best (today)," Addison coach Pam Wilkins said. "We're not going to be able to play real nervous and young, which is the part that worries me because we are young. We're going to have to make very few mental errors. We'll see how that goes."

Addison graduated four seniors off last year's squad and has just two seniors (Stora Gilliland and Chelsea Posey) on this year's team. Wilkins also starts a pair of freshmen.

On Wednesday, both Addison and Donoho made quick work of their first two opponents.

Addison (56-4) cruised past a pair of ranked teams, beating both No. 10 Akron (25-8, 25-10, 25-12) and No. 4 Sacred Heart (25-8, 25-9, 25-12). Donoho (53-5) eliminated a pair of Winston County squads, topping Meek (25-8, 25-13, 25-7) and No. 3 Lynn (25-9, 25-19, 25-20).

Addison has faced Donoho once during the season with the Bulldogs earning a three-set victory.

"We've been waiting all year to get them again," Gilliland said. "We've got a lot of new players and a brand new team. I can't wait to play them. If we play our game, I think we can win because we've beat them before, and all we have to do is do it again."

Addison has been to the state tournament every year since 2002, winning five state championships (2003-05, 2009 and 2010) and finishing as state runner up another four times (2002, 2006, 2008 and 2011).

Donoho has won nine state titles (1979-80, 1987-88, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2011).

Meek, Lynn and Winston County were eliminated on Wednesday.

Lynn (30-11) finished tied for third in 1A.

The Bears won their first match, beating Jefferson Christian 25-9, 25-12, 25-9 before being ousted by Donoho.

Meek (19-25) dropped its first match of the day to the Falcons.

In Class 3A, Winston County (36-23) dropped a three-set decision to No. 1 Bayside Academy, losing 25-11, 25-9, 25-21.