Addison stays on track at State Volleyball Tournament
by Johnathan Bentley
Oct 31, 2013 | 1149 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Addison coach Pam Wilkins looks on during the Bulldogs' first-round match at the Elite Eight State Volleyball Tournament. Addison plays Donoho for the 1A title at 4:30 p.m. today at the Birmingham Crossplex. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Addison coach Pam Wilkins looks on during the Bulldogs' first-round match at the Elite Eight State Volleyball Tournament. Addison plays Donoho for the 1A title at 4:30 p.m. today at the Birmingham Crossplex. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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BIRMINGHAM — Addison’s volleyball team has been seeking revenge since last season ended.

The Bulldogs were left kneeling on the floor at the Birmingham CrossPlex while Donoho players celebrated after last year’s championship game.

Actually, the season has ended the same way each of the last two seasons for Addison — with championship match losses to the Falcons.

Addison looks to break that streak today in the Class 1A Elite Eight State Tournament championship match set for 4:30 p.m.

“We’re excited that we get to play them,” Addison coach Pam Wilkins said. “I know the kids want to play them. It’s going to take a team effort because you know (Donoho) wants to extend their title run.”

Both teams won their first two matches on Wednesday. No. 1 Addison (54-6) knocked off Winterboro (25-6, 25-4, 25-5) and followed with a semifinal win over No. 3 St. Luke’s (25-19, 25-7, 25-18). No. 2 Donoho (40-10) swept both Athens Bible (25-16, 25-18, 25-13) and No. 5 Meek (25-14, 25-18, 25-23).

Addison and Donoho have already clashed once this season with the Bulldogs coming away with a blowout win (25-13, 25-10) the first time around in the Donoho Invitational Tournament.

“I think we have a little bit of an edge since we beat them in their tournament, but we played really well that day. We are going to have to play really well (today). We can’t play nervous or timid,” Wilkins said.

Agaist St. Luke’s, Addison was led by Holly Posey with 29 assists, eight digs and three blocks. Summer Hinton had 10 kills, eight digs and five aces, Jessy Taylor added 13 kills and three blocks, Jessica Robinson had four kills and three aces while Kayla Robinson had 10 digs and Jessica Benton had four blocks. 

Addison is seeking its sixth state title and first since 2010.

While Addison moved on, three area teams saw their season come to an end on Wednesday.

In Class 5A, Walker (44-25) dropped its opener to powerhouse St. Paul’s. The No. 1-ranked Saints defeated the Vikings 25-12, 25-14, 25-21.

The Vikings, making their first ever trip to the state tournament, were led by Sidney Cooper and Miranda Bruce with 12 kills each. Madisyn Hood added 11 kills while JoLee Dobbs had 47 assists, nine digs and four aces.

St. Paul’s followed with a win over Hartselle and will play Brewer for the title at 1:30 p.m. today.

In Class 3A, Winston County (41-15) won its opener over Northside 25-14, 25-8, 25-10 before running into 11-time defending state champion Bayside Academy. The Admirals won the match 25-11, 25-15, 25-15 and will face Madison Academy for the championship at 9 a.m. today.

Against Northside, Savanna Tidwell had 30 digs, 13 kills, eight blocks and five assists to lead the way.

After being eliminated in its opener last year, Meek finished in the final four this year.

The Tigers (39-22) opened with a dominating performance against No. 9 Jefferson Christian, winning 25-9, 25-17, 25-14. Ragen Yarbrough had 27 assists, nine digs and five aces while Morgan Hudson had 11 kills and one block.

Donoho eliminated Meek in the semifinals.