The Lady Tornadoes made up for the sluggish opening with a strong finish as they claimed their first area tournament title in five years with a four-set victory over South Lamar, 24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18.
“I felt like the effort was there tonight,” Parrish coach Michael Beck said. “When the effort is there, you always have a chance.”
Parrish trailed by as many as six points in the opening set against South Lamar. “I called a timeout and from that point on, I thought we played our best volleyball of the year,” Beck added.
Area tournament champions and runner ups advance to region tournament play set for Saturday.
Across the county, Carbon Hill had no trouble winning the 3A, Area 13 Tournament title.
Carbon Hill (37-16) knocked off both Hamilton and Cordova on the day.
“It’s been an incredible year,” Carbon Hill coach Brandi Hall said. “It’s been a lot of fun. I’m surrounded with great girls.”
Carbon Hill opened up with a 25-13, 25-22, 25-13 win over Hamilton and earned a 26-24, 27-25, 25-17 victory over Cordova in the championship.
For the Lady Bulldogs, Jamielee Jenkins, Paige Hadder, Erin Parvin and Kendall Norris made the All-Tournament team. Cordova’s Tiffany Colburn, Melanie Porter and Kristy Smith also made the squad.
Carbon Hill and Cordova both advanced to Saturday’s eight-team region tournament at Winston County. Two of the eight teams from the region advance to the sub-state round. Sub-state winners make the trip to Pelham for the state tournament.
At the Winston County region tournament, the Lady Bulldogs will take on West Morgan, the runner-up from Area 15, while Cordova will face Danville, the Area 15 champion.
Parrish (24-18) will face eighth-ranked Lynn at the region tournament in Hamilton on Saturday.
“Once you get there, anything can happen,” said Beck, Parrish’s first-year volleyball coach. “We won the area title this year and last year they didn’t win an area game. We’ve come out and played together. That’s been our word this year — together.”
Against South Lamar, Chelsea Nix led the Lady Tornadoes with 19 kills, Makenze Morgan had seven kills, Jemira Harris had six kills, Grayson Culverson had five kills and five aces, Jamie Beth Hocutt had 14 assists and Sha-Sha Hubbard had four aces and 18 assists.
Lynn takes second
There was little to no drama in Monday night’s Class 1A, Area 15 prep volleyball tournament, as Addison High swept past Tharptown and runner-up Lynn to take a top seed in Saturday’s Region D Tournament, which will be held at the winner of the Area 14 tournament.
The top-ranked Bulldogs (52-3) will play South Lamar in its region tournament opener.
On Monday, the first match for the Bulldogs got easier as it went, as they beat Tharptown 25-7, 25-7, 25-1.
In the second game of the 25-10, 25-5, 25-16 victory, Kaitlin Parker served up 13 straight points, including nine aces.
Against Lynn, Parker had 12 kills and six blocks to go with the nine aces. Ray added 11 kills and five blocks. Beam had six digs and three aces. Scott had five digs. Kateria Feezell finished with five digs, three kills, and an ace.
Lynn easily disposed of Meek, 25-14, 25-13, 25-11.
The Bears advance to Saturday’s region tournament, to play the Parrish Lady Tornadoes.
In Class 2A, Sumiton Christian advanced as the runner-up in Area 13. The Lady Eagles fell to Altamont 25-19, 25-16, 25-10 in the championship match.