Addison knocks off Walker in battle of ranked volleyball teams
by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker’s Miranda Bruce (18) tries to hit the ball past Addison’s Holly Posey during their match at Songer Gym on Thursday. Addison defeated Walker 25-15, 25-23, 25-23. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Walker’s Miranda Bruce (18) tries to hit the ball past Addison’s Holly Posey during their match at Songer Gym on Thursday. Addison defeated Walker 25-15, 25-23, 25-23. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Top-ranked Addison just keeps on winning.

A few days after claiming the title in the Donoho Invitational Tournament, Addison earned a sweep of Walker — the No. 6 team in Class 5A — beating the Vikings 25-15, 25-23, 25-23 on Thursday.

Walker had a chance to get back into the match in the second and third sets only to have Addison get key points down the stretch.

Addison, the No. 1 team in Class 1A, was paced by Summer Hinton and Jessy Taylor. Hinton had 12 kills, seven digs and a pair of aces while Taylor added 12 kills and five aces. Holly Posey, who recently returned from injury, had 40 assists, 11 digs, six kills and a pair of aces while Jessica Benton had eight blocks and five kills.

For Walker, which fell to 21-10, Miranda Bruce had 15 kills and four digs, Sidney Cooper had nine kills, three blocks and three digs, Anna Claire Harris added seven kills and five blocks, Madisyn Hood had seven kills, Carleigh Taylor had 17 digs and Jolee Dobbs had 29 assists and four digs.

Addison coach Pam Wilkins had high praise for the Vikings.

“They have really improved. Walker is a good team. They’ve got good size. They are a lot bigger than we are and they have a great setter,” Wilkins said.

In the end, it was Addison’s experience and speed that made the different.

The Bulldogs are now 21-3 on the season.

Addison earned a statement win at the Donoho Tournament over the weekend, beating No. 3 St. Luke’s (25-16, 25-17) in the semifinals and No. 2 Donoho (25-10, 25-13) in the championship match.

Donoho has knocked off Addison in the state championship match each of the last two seasons.

“It was a good win. Everybody there was ranked. It was a good tournament for us,” Wilkins said.

Addison looks to lock up the area title next week with matches against No. 5 Meek and St. Bernard.

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Carbon Hill splits tri-match

Carbon Hill defeated Haleyville and lost to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in a tri-match at Carbon Hill High School on Thursday.

The Bulldogs knocked off Haleyville 25-14, 26-24. Maggi Clark had five kills and four digs for Carbon Hill (17-12), Tessa Ivey had five kills and three digs, Lindsey Madison added five digs and Jessica Hurst had nine assists and four digs.

Carbon Hill lost to Hillcrest 22-25, 25-13, 15-9.

Clark had six kills and five digs, Ivey had five kills and four digs, Savanna Lawson had six kills, Abby Tittle added four kills and Hurst had 19 assists.

Carbon Hill hosts Oak Grove and Cordova on Tuesday.

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Cordova routs Corner

Cordova swept past Corner on the road on Thursday, winning 25-15, 25-21, 25-14.

For Cordova, Faith Sims had 10 kills, two blocks, two aces and a dig, Katilyn Barnes added seven kills, four aces and a block, Kara Hall had four aces and two kills, Maleah Gilmore had nine digs, Emily Wilson added 23 assists, seven aces and three digs while Allie Bradford had two aces.

Cordova (13-6) plays at Carbon Hill on Tuesday.

Cordova’s JV team defeated Corner 25-16, 25-16.

Coach Mark Ragsdale’s team improved to 12-1 on the season.

For the Blue Devils, Charity Bradford had seven aces, seven digs and four assists, Kelley Burnett had six kills, four digs and one ace, Kaylee Robertson had four assists, three digs, two aces and a kill, Kelsee Sanford added three kills, three digs and an ace while Hannah Ingram had three aces and three digs.

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Curry outlasts Dora

Curry bounced back after losing the first set to beat Dora on Thursday.

The Yellow Jackets won 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20.

For Dora (12-10), Alexia Smith had 13 kills, two blocks and two aces, Larissa Steeley had 10 kills and three aces, Hannah Wilson had 24 assists, six kills and three aces, Madisen Bencko had 20 digs, seven kills and three aces, both Lydia Sanders and Lindsey Johnson had 21 digs and Keola James had three kills and two blocks.

Dora won the JV match 25-23, 25-20 to improve to 5-2.

For Dora, Bailey Jett had four assists, two kills and two aces while Brooke Abbott had 18 digs, two kills and an ace.