Addison-Meek battle for Class 1A title

State Volleyball Tournament: Jasper right on track

Vikings face Pelham for Class 6A title

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 11/1/17

BIRMINGHAM — Jasper is one win away from school history.

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Addison-Meek battle for Class 1A title

State Volleyball Tournament: Jasper right on track

Vikings face Pelham for Class 6A title

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BIRMINGHAM — Jasper is one win away from school history.

The Vikings kept their late season momentum going at the State Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday, winning their first two matches at the Birmingham Crossplex.

Next up for No. 1 Jasper (56-4) is the Class 6A state championship game against No. 5 Pelham (40-9) set for 9:45 a.m. today.

“We’ve had a lot of firsts this year. The school has a new name, we won the super regional for the first time and we were ranked No. 1 for the first time. I hope there is one more first,” Jasper coach Bobby Daniels said.

The Vikings came out sluggish in their opening set of the tournament against Helena. The Huskies led by as many as 10 before a late Jasper rally.

“I thought we came out a little bit timid. I don’t think we were as confident or as aggressive as we needed to be. Toward the end of that first set, we started relaxing,” Daniels said.

The result was a 22-25, 25-13, 25-9, 25-18 Jasper victory.

Against No. 3 Spanish Fort — the Class 6A runner up each of the last two seasons — Jasper left no doubt, taking control from the start.

The Vikings defeated Spanish Fort 25-18, 25-21, 25-15.

“We were much more confident in the semifinals. Spanish Fort is a good team. They know what it’s all about. I’m proud of our girls. They had good focus,” Daniels added.

Jasper is seeking its first state volleyball championship.

Pelham advanced to the championship game with a 16-25, 25-21, 25-19, 27-25 win over No. 4 Daphne.

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Class 1A

Addison-Meek to meet in final

Addison is back in the Class 1A state championship match.

So is an all too familiar foe.

Winston County rivals Addison and Meek have already played five times this season.

The sixth matchup will be for the Class 1A title. Both teams advanced with a pair of wins at the Birmingham Crossplex on Wednesday. Today’s 1A title match starts at 8 a.m.

Top-ranked Addison — chasing a fifth straight championship — defeated both Westminster Christian-Oak Mountain and Athens Bible while No. 2 Meek got past Sumiton Christian and Decatur Heritage in straight sets.

Addison (50-8) took down Westminster 25-11, 25-7, 25-13 before beating Athens Bible 25-6, 25-23, 25-11.

Meek (46-16) dominated Sumiton Christian 25-20, 25-6, 25-22 and finished off Decatur Heritage 25-17, 25-12, 26-24.

Against Westminster, Abbie and Allie Chambless combined for 23 kills, seven digs and three blocks for Addison. Kendra Tyree added 12 digs and three aces while Savannah Manley had six kills, five blocks and two aces.

In the win over Sumiton Christian, Meek’s Amanda Cunningham had 10 kills, six digs and four aces while Sevanna Banks had eight kills and 11 digs and Jayden Waldrep added 18 assists, one kill, one ace and one dig.

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Carbon Hill goes 1-1

Carbon Hill will have to wait another year.

The second-ranked Bulldogs ran into 15-time defending state champion Bayside Academy in their second match on Wednesday, losing to the Admirals in four sets. Carbon Hill (69-10) opened the day with a blowout victory over T.R. Miller, winning 25-17, 25-10, 25-13.

For the Bulldogs, Alyssa Dutton had 10 kills, five blocks and five digs, Molly Kate Atkins had 27 assists, seven digs, six kills and three aces, Ricki Jill Burrough had nine kills, four digs, two aces, two assists and one block, Heather Carmichael had eight kills, five digs, two blocks and one assist and Lacey Evans added 11 digs, two assists and one ace.

In its opening match, Bayside Academy earned a 25-13, 21-25, 25-13, 25-12 victory over Geraldine.

Carbon Hill won the opening set against Bayside Academy, 25-20, but it was all Admirals after that. Bayside won the final three sets 25-11, 25-17, 25-18.

Against Bayside, Atkins had 27 assists 18 digs and three kills, Dutton added 14 kills, eight digs and two aces, Burrough had nine kills and four digs, Carmichael had eight kills, two blocks and two aces and Lacey Evans had 15 digs, six assists and three kills.

The loss was the final match for Burrough, Carmichael, Kyla Beasley and Abby Gibson.

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Winston County ousted

Winston County won its tournament opener against G.W. Long, winning 23-25, 25-18, 25-9, 25-27, 15-10, but the second-ranked Yellow Jackets dropped their second match to No. 7 Goshen, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19.

Winston County closes the season at 23-12.