The Vikings get one last shot against the Yellow Jackets on Thursday as area volleyball tournaments open across the state.
Both teams compete in the Class 5A, Area 12 Tournament at Curry High School.
The Yellow Jackets, the No. 1 seed, takes on No. 4 seed Hayden while No. 2 Walker faces No. 3 Mortimer Jordan. Both matches are at 4:30 p.m.
The championship match is set for 6 p.m.
The top two teams from each area tournament advance to the Super Regional Tournament, with teams in areas 1 through 8 heading to Montgomery and teams in areas 9 through 16 playing in Huntsville. From there, the top four teams at each regional tournament head to the Elite Eight State Tournament in Birmingham.
In the regular season, Curry took a pair of matches from Walker, winning in straight sets at Curry and winning in four sets at Walker’s Songer Gym. In the last meeting, the Vikings won the opening set before the Jackets rallied for the win.
“The last time we played they seemed more confident,” Curry coach Annah Cagle said. “They gave us good competition.”
Curry comes into the area tournament ranked No. 5 in Class 5A.
The Yellow Jackets (45-11 overall, 6-0 in area play) closed out the regular season with a straight set win over Gardendale on Tuesday.
The Yellow Jackets are after a second straight trip to the State Volleyball Tournament. Curry finished tied for fifth last season.
Curry has plenty of playoff experience, led by seniors: Jessica Bagwell, Chloe Bennett, Kendall Chance, Bretta Lane, Payton Norris and Mary Beth Scott.
“When the season started, I didn’t know what to expect,” said Cagle, who is in her first year as head coach.
“As we started playing, the girls gelled together. They refused to lose. As far as the area tournament goes, our goal is to come in first and make it back to state.”
Five teams in the Daily Mountain Eagle’s coverage area are hosting area tournaments this week: Addison, Lynn, Winston County, Carbon Hill and Curry.
Carbon Hill hosts the 4A, Area 8 Tournament.
Dora takes on Corner in the opener at 10:30 a.m. while Carbon Hill faces Oak Grove at noon. The championship match is at 1:30 p.m.
At Addison, the top-ranked Bulldogs begin their quest for a sixth state championship on Thursday. Addison takes on St. Bernard at 4:30 p.m. to open the 1A, Area 11 Tournament. Meek faces Falkville at 5:45 p.m. and the championship match is set for 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs won 1A state titles in 2003-05 and 2010 and also picked up a 2A state title in 2009. Addison also finished as state runner up in 2006, 2008 and 2011.
Lynn hosts the 1A, Area 10 Tournament on Thursday.
The third-ranked Bears face Sumiton Christian at 2 p.m. while Parrish plays Brilliant at 3:30 p.m. The championship match is set for 5 p.m.
Oakman plays in the 2A, Area 11 Tournament at Cold Springs. The Wildcats take on Sulligent at 5:30 p.m. with the championship match set for 7 p.m.