Tuesday, November 12, 2019






AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships CLASS 3A FINALS Montgomery Academy 3, Geraldine 0

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Montgomery Academy 3, Geraldine 0

BIRMINGHAM – The Montgomery Academy Eagles (47-6) fell by seven points behind to Geraldine High School early in the AHSAA 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championship Class 3A finals at Bill Harris Arena.
   Once Coach Julie Gordon’s team settled down, however, they clawed back to win the first set 25-20, then clinched the school’s second state title  in a row winning the final two sets 25-20, 25-17 to open the 2019 championship day.
    For Gordon, it was the sixth state title she has coached for the Eagles and pushed were individual coaching wins closer to her next goal of 1,500 wins.
    All seven state finals are scheduled for Bill Harris Arena today and all seven are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network with announcer Jerry Young handling the play-by-play.
    Thursday’s victory belonged to a veteran bunch of seniors and juniors, said Gordon. 
    Senior middle hitter Brooke Horne earned MVP honors with 12 kills in her middle hitter role. Junior Anaya Thomas totaled 11ckills, and senior Mary Gray Turner added 10 kills and 13 digs. Junior Ann Cobern Chapman had  eight kills. Senior setter Millie Stevenson had 35 assists and 11 digs and senior libero Grace Jackson had 23 digs.
   Geraldine (42-9), coached by Renee Bearden, played tough the entire match. Senior Haven Hall had 10 kills and seven digs to lead the Bulldogs. Senior outside hitter Jerika Gary had nine kills and eight digs. Setter Kirby Smith totaled 18 assists and sophomore Jayden Dismuke had a team-high digs.
    Bearden played on Geraldine’s 2001 state championship team.
Brooke Horne, Montgomery Academy (MVP); Anaya Thomas, Montgomery Academy; Millie Stevenson, Montgomery Academy; Haven Hall, Geraldine; Jerika Gary, Geraldine; Jayden Dismuke, Geraldine.


2019 State Volleyball Pairings/Results

49th AHSAA Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex
State Finals, Thursday, Oct. 31

All finals will be at the Bill Harris Arena adjoining the CrossPlex and will be live-steamed by the NFHS Network. For up-to-date details, follow the AHSAA on Twitter @ahsaaupdates

CLASS 3A Championship
Montgomery Academy (47-6) 3, Geraldine (42-9) 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-17)
CLASS 5A Championship

Jasper (62-9) vs. Faith Academy (45-9), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 9:45 a.m.
CLASS 7A Championship
Mountain Brook (58-7) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (39-3), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

CLASS 6A Championship
Hazel Green (58-8) vs. Spanish Fort (71-6), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 1:15 p.m.
CLASS 2A Championship
Addison (44-13) vs. G.W. Long (48-6), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 3 p.m.
CLASS 1A Championship
Donoho (43-18) vs. Westminster-Oak Mountain (37-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 4A Championship
Providence Christian (42-12) vs. Bayside Academy (54-12), Bill Harris Arena, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.


Week 9 Has 3 Challenges, 1 reversal for Schools Using AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay

MONTGOMERY – Three challenges were made in six AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. One of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports
     For the 2019 season, a 59 challenges have been issued by coaches with 13 calls overturned upon review, a 22.0% reversal rate.
     The reversal of a call came in a Class 7A game between Auburn and Central-Tuscaloosa, Jones said. “Auburn challenged a Central touchdown on the  grounds that the runner may have stepped out of bounds before crossing  the goal line. The video review showed the runner stepped out of bounds at the one-yard line, and the ball was placed at the 1-yard line.”
      Jones said  the other two challenges involved a catch/no catch in the Fayette County at Good Hope and the Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort games.

    This week, four games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with three schools taking part for the first time this season.    DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.
     Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:

59 reviews with 13 reversals.  22.0%

  • 21 on catch/no catch
  • 20 fumbles
  • 5 breaking plane of goal line (note 2 were also fumble reviews)
  • 5 Forward progress
  • 2 Touching of punt
  • 1  Backward pass
  • 1 Free kick traveling 10 yards
  • 1 Illegal participation
  • 1 Illegal forward pass
  • 1 Penalty enforcement spot
  • 1 Kick out of bounds
  • 1 Play clock expiring
  • 1 Runner stepping out of bounds

       A total of 67 schools, 17.4% of all AHSAA football-playing schools, have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with four games scheduled for this week. Over the 2018 and 2019 seasons almost 40 percent of the AHSAA schools have had the opportunity to participate in a contest using  the DVSport Instand Replay.
    New to the Instant Replay this week will be the following schools:  B.C. Rain, Sumter Central and Tanner.   
    The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.


Week 10 Games with Instant Replay

  • Athens at Austin, Decatur (Thursday)
  • East Limestone at Tanner
  • Gulf Shores at B.C. Rain, Mobile
  • Sumter Central at Oxford

Class 7A (17)

Bob Jones
Central-Phenix City
Gadsden City
Jeff Davis
Mountain Brook
Smiths Station
Tuscaloosa County
Class 6A (19)
Benjamin Russell
Gulf Shores
Park Crossing
Sidney Lanier
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Class 5A (15)
Charles Henderson
East Limestone
Lawrence County
Madison County
Class 4A (11)
Fayette County
Good Hope
West Limestone
Class 3A (1)
Carbon Hill
Class 2A (1)
Class 1A (1)
Out-of-State (2)
Callaway (GA)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)

Saturday July 25, 2020

AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) to Broadcast Auburn vs. Park Crossing as GOW at Cramton Bowl

     MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV for tonight has been shifted to Auburn vs. Park Crossing at Cramton Bowl. The change was made due to Gordo and Pickens County, the originally game of the week, was moved this morning to Friday night due to expected inclement weather, Game of the Week executive producer of WOTM Vince Earley said.
    Both Class 7A Auburn and Class 6A Park Crossing have clinched a playoff berth for next week’s first round of the 2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs.
    “We’re disappointed that we won’t be broadcasting the Pickens County-Gordo game,” Earley said. “We are excited, however, to be showing the Park Crossing-Auburn game at Cramton Bowl.”
    Game time for tonight’s telecast will be at 7 p.m., with announcers Tommy Wood and Coach Rick Rhoades handling the play-by-play and color commentary. The game will be 10th Game of the Week in the series in 2019.
    The NFHS Network is live-streaming all seven state championship matches at today’s 49th AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena located at the CrossPlex. Eight football contests will be live-streamed to night with 45 tomorrow. A total 70 events are played through Monday.
   The AHSAA TV Network and its producer WOTM TV will have a three-hour playoff special show originating from the AHSAA Office Saturday morning breaking down the AHSAA playoff brackets in each classification. Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A meet at 9 a.m., in a pre-playoff planning meeting with the official bra
ckets announced during the session. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A meet at 10:30 a.m. with the same planning meeting.
    WOTM cameras will capture the highlights of both meetings and will have commentators Jon Holder and Josh Bean on hand to discuss the brackets, the match-ups, the playoff history of the teams and much, much more. The program will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and on the WOTM group of cable stations from 9 a.m., until noon. Be sure to make plans to tune in.
  The schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network beginning today and through the weekend can be found at the following links:


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49TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Six of Seven 2018 State Champs Set to Compete for Championship

     BIRMINGHAM – Jasper (62-9) is one of six defending state champions looking to repeat Thursday as the AHSAA’s 49th Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships conclude with seven championship matches at the Bill Harris Arena.
      The Vikings of Coach Bobby Daniels will be facing Faith Academy (45-9) in the Class 5A state championship match at 9:45 a.m., Thursday. Other defending champions advancing through Wednesday’s first two rounds at the Birmingham CrossPlex include Class 2A Addison, Class 3A Montgomery Academy, Class 4A Bayside Academy, Class 6A Spanish Fort and Class 7A McGill-Toolen Catholic.
      Bayside will be facing Providence Christian in the 4A finals with the Admirals hoping to extend their current consecutive state championship winning streak to 18 in a match that is set for the final match of Championship Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All seven championships will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based network. For more information on the NFHS Network, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Addison meets G.W. Long in Class 2A at 3 p.m., with the Bulldogs seeking their seventh straight state title. Play gets underway with the Class 3A finals pitting Montgomery Academy and Geraldine at 8 a.m. McGill-Toolen Catholic takes on Mountain Brook in the Class 7A finals at 11:30 a.m., followed by Spanish Fort and Hazel Green at 1:15 p.m. Donoho and Westminster of Oak Mountain play in the 1A finals at 4:45 p.m.
    Semifinal results Wednesday include:

McGill-Toolen Catholic 3, Bob Jones 0:
The defending champion Dirty Dozen (39-8) won 25-21, 25-18, 25-16 with Skyler Bumpers posting 12 kills and Haley Palmer 11 kills and four blocks. Imani Nicholson also had nine kills and 16 digs, and Katie Hemphill had 20 digs. Setter Amelia Boykin also had 12 digs and 31 assists. Juanita Monteiro-Pai totaled eight kills and 13 digs for the Patriots (33-15). Adeline Barnes added 16 assists.
Mountain Brook 3, Hoover 1: The Spartans (58-7) pulled out a 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 25-11 win over Hoover to advance to Thursday’s finals. Ann Vandevelde had 32 assists and nine digs for Mountain Brook. Teammates Mary Franklin Fowlkes added 14 kills and Celie Field had 10 kills. Setter Aly Durban led Hoover (34-15) with 37 assists and 10 digs. Rya McKinnon totaled 12 kill and four aces and Laurel Burkhardt had eight kills.

Spanish Fort 3, Hartselle 0:
The defending 6A state champion Toros (71-6) won 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 behind the strong play inside by Avery Rogers and Kamble Franette. The duo had 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Libero Meg Brackhan totaled 21 digs and Kayla Keshock had 32 assists. Hartselle (68-11) got nine kills and 19 digs from Hailey Holshauser and 26 assists from Grace Leighton.
 Hazel Green 3, Albertville 0: Gracie Lynn Butler had 24 kills, seven digs, three blocks and three aces as the Trojans (58-8) posted  25-18, 25-12, 25-12 win over Albertville. Catherine Smith also had 31 assists and Hannah Hampel added 11 kills. Albertville (43-12) was paced by Jayden Watkins’ eight kills. Kyla Mayes added five kills and four blocks.

Jasper 3, Alexandria 0: 
Jasper won the semifinal match 25-13, 25-16, 25-13 as McKinley Ferguson and Alex Oliver posted 14 kills each. Setter Temperance Chatman had 30 assists and 10 digs for Coach Bobby Daniels’ defending Class 5A state champions.
Faith Academy 3, Lawrence County 1: The Rams of Coach Claire Elliott had a more difficult time beating Lawrence County (49-19) – squeezing out a 26-24, 24-26, 29-27, 25-23 victory in the other 5A semifinal. Aaliyah Austin recorded 28 kills in the win while Brinkley Hearn had 28 assists, 15 digs and four aces, and libero Kristin Mitternight had 20 assists and 16 kills.
    Coach Robyn Hutto’s Red Devils were led by setter Anna Clair Hutto’s 34 assists, 16 digs and six kills. Sami Parker also had 19 digs. Bailee Pulliam had 12 kills and Lexi Heidt had 10.

Bayside Academy 3, LAMP 0:
The Lady Admirals (55-12) got by LAMP in straight sets 25-12, 25-8, 25-16.  Jacque Martin had 14 kills and seven service aces for Bayside, which has a state-record 27 state titles to its credit. Cotton Thompson and Ells Broadhead each had eight kills and setter Brelynn Dailey had 35 assists. Broadhead also have five aces and the Bayside starters totaled 19 aces collectively. Grace Hoffman’s 15 assists and Olivia Hughes’ five blocks paced LAMP (22-19).
Providence Christian 3, Montgomery Catholic 0: Adleigh Mayes had 34 assists, nine digs and three aces for the winning Eagles (42-12), Autumn Mayes added 20 kills, 13 digs and six aces, and Emma Houston had 25 digs.  Middle hitter Ansley Dean’s 10 kills led Montgomery Catholic (29-12). 

Geraldine 3, Houston Academy 0:
The Bulldogs (42-8) won 25-17, 25-23, 26-24 with Haven Hall accounting for15 kills and eight blocks. Jerika Gary also had eight kills, Jayden Dismukes chipped in 16 digs and Lilly Rowell had six kills and nine digs.
Montgomery Academy 3, St. Luke’s Episcopal 0: The defending state champion Eagles (46-6) posted a 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 win over the Wildcats with Milly Stevenson totaling 36 assists and 14 digs.  The trio of Brooke Horne, Mary Gray Turner and Ann Covern Chapman had 12, 12 and 11 kills respectively. Outside hitter Gracie Sims had 11 kills and 23 assists for the Wildcats (39-11).
Addison 3, Cedar Bluff 0:
The Bulldogs won in straight sets 25-10, 25-18, 25-21. Addisyn Smothers had 11 kills and 11 blocks, Savannah Manley had 10 blocks and eight kills, Callie Crider contributed seven kills, four blocks and nine digs, Macey Butler had 14 digs and Gracie Manley had 28 assists and four service aces. Setter Kyla Oneal had 24 assists to pace Cedar Bluff (42-20). Hannah Cosby and Julianne Wilson had seven and five kills, respectively.
G.W. Long 3, Sand Rock 1: The Rebels (46-6) won 25-14, 30-28, 23-25, 25-18 over stubborn Sand Rock (37-14), Mary Beth Long had 31 kills, most in any match in all classes Wednesday, and Emma Claire Long had 23 kills for G.W. Long. Emmaline Hughes had 18 digs. Morgan Ferguson added six service aces and the Rebels totaled 19 for the match. Caley Garrett had 23 digs, Victoria Collum added 10 kills, 16 digs and 25 assists for Sand Rock. Hannah Davis also had 14 kills and 14 digs and Lanie Henderson, 13 kills.

Donoho 3, Spring Garden 2:
The Falcons (44-18) used its triple-threat front row to post a hard-fought 13-25, 25-18, 26-24, 28-30, 15-6 victory over Spring Garden. Mercy Mangum had 15 kills, Maggie Wakefield and Lily Grace Draper had 14 each in the marathon match. Setter Maggie Miller had 40 assists. Spring Garden (43-19) was led by Haleigh Molock and Alle Jennings with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Neely Welsh had 19 assists and Abbe Steward had 16.
Westminster-Oak Mountain 3, Phillips 1: The Knights (37-17) won 20-25, 25-14, 25-18, 27-25 with Peyton Metcalf notching 18 assists. Molly Reynolds had seven kills and three blocks and Bizzie Simpson served six aces. Alli Temple had 20 kills, 17 digs and 20 assists for Phillips (31-`19), Ally McCollum added 14 kills.



     BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 2A state champion Addison beat Ariton in the quarterfinals Wednesday and moved to the semifinals at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon at the 49th annual AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Joining the Bulldogs (48-14) of Coach Kayla Woodard in the semifinals are G.W. Long, Sand Rock and Cedar Bluff.
Addison 3, Ariton 0: The Bulldogs were very consistent winning 25-12, 25-12, 25-12 over the Purple Cats. Savannah Manley and Addisyn Smothers each had nine kills, and Callie Crider had eight. Manley also recorded eight blocks. Setter Gracie Manley accounted for 34 assists.
   Ariton (21-10), coached by Terry Goodson, was led by Caroline Hughes’ 3 assists. Blair Hughes and Sarah Snyder also had five kills each.
G.W. Long 3, Winston County 1: The Rebels, who won the Class 2A softball title last spring, won the quarterfinal match over Winston County 25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 25-16 to advance to semis to meet Sand Rock. Mary Beth Long had 30 kills and 22 digs and freshman Emma Claire Long totaled 15 kills and 14 blocks. Setter Makenna Long totaled 62 assists, three aces and six digs. Emmaline Hughes also had 36 digs and three aces, and Breanna Henning served four aces and had 11 digs.
    Winston County (23-19), coached by Tiffany Cole, got a strong performance from Mackenzie Blackwood. The senior had 22 kills and teammate Elle Donaldson had 29 digs. Jenna Downey totaled 27 assists.
Sand Rock 3, Cottage Hill Christian 0: The Wildcats of Coach Lisa Bates won 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 with junior Hannah Davis posting 10 kills and 18 assists. Sand Rock (37-13) also a strong defensive effort from Caley Garrett, who had 17 digs. Victoria Collum also had 15 assisted and 11 digs.
Cedar Bluff 3, Geneva County 0: The Tigers (42-19), coached by Lyndsey Mullins, downed the Bulldogs 25-12, 25-13, 25-18. Cedar Bluff did not report any statistics.
    Geneva County (25-13) was led by Karoline Striplin’s eight kills and nine blocks. Hanna Hubbard had nine assists. Coach Karie Striplin in the Bulldogs’ coach.



     BIRMINGHAM – Phillips High School’s Lady Bears knocked off defending Class 1A champion Pleasant Home in grueling Class 1A quarterfinals match Wednesday to advance to the semifinals of the 49th annual AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Coach Debbie Grubbs’ Bears meet Westminster-Oak Mountain at 5:30 p.m. in the semis. Donoho and Spring Garden posted quarter-final wins to also advance to the semifinals.
Phillips 3, Pleasant Home 2: :  Ally McCollum and Alli Temple dominated on the net to lead the Bears (31-8) past Pleasant Home (30-5). Temple had 25 kills, 22 assists and eight digs, and McCollum had 18 kills and seven blocks. Phillips won the Class 1A state basketball championship last season.
   Coach Tony Wilson’s Eagles also got a tremendous effort from outside hitter Sarah Guilford, who had 20 kills. Senior setter Peyton Huckabaa added 27 assists and Daisy Cordle had 12 kills.
Donoho 3, South Lamar 0: Setter Maggie Miller totaled 32 assists and four aces in the win for Donoho (42-16). Coach James Clendenin’s Falcons also had a strong effort on the net with Maggie Wakefield notching 14 kills and Mercy Mangum getting 10.
    Coach Jessica Watkins’ Stallions (22-8) were led by by Haylie Crimm’s 22 digs. She also had four service aces. Alex Trull also had 13 blocks, most of any player in the 1A quarterfinals Wednesday.
Westminster of Oak Mountain 3, Athens Bible 2: Westminster (36-12) moved to the semifinals with a tough 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 15-8 win over Athens Bible. The Knights, coached by John Jones, were led by Macy White’s seven kills and six by Virginia Welch. Payton Metcalf had 15 assists. No statistics were provided by Athens Bible.
Spring Garden 3, Millry 0: Coach Ricky Austin’s Panthers won in three straight sets 25-11, 25-13, 25-15. No other statistics were provided.



BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 4A champion Bayside Academy (54-12) downed Central-Florence 3-0 and moved into the semifinals of the 49th annual AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Admirals will face LAMP in the semifinals Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Providence Christian and Montgomery Catholic posted quarterfinal wins and will meet in the other 4A semifinal.
Bayside Academy 3, Central-Florence 0: The Admirals of Coach Ann Schilling won 25-26, 25-11, 25-7 to move one step closer to playing for their 18th straight state title dating back to 2002. The school also leads the AHSAA with 27 state championships overall>
     Schilling, who became the state’s only volleyball coach to win 1,500 varsity matches, got a strong effort from outside hitter Jacque Martin, who had 16 kills and served five aces. Ella Broadhead also had nine kills and five aces and setter Brelynn Dailey had 34 assists and nine digs. Libero Luci Wilson had 17 digs.
    Central-Florence (41-28, coached by Drew Murphy, was paced by Ann Margaret Keener, who had 11 assists and six digs. Laura Lee also had eight digs.
LAMP 3, Brooks 1: Coach Dee Wilson’s squad posted a 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17 win over Brooks to reach the semifinals. Olivia Hughes had 16 kills, Claire Conway had 10 kills, Gracey Norris totaled nine kills and sophomore setter Grace Hoffman dished out 37 assists.
Providence Christian 3, Fairview 0: The Eagles (41-12) of Coach Bill Oldfield downed Fairview 25-11, 25-16, 25-18 with senior Autumn Mayes posting 20 kills, 12 digs, three blocks and two aces. Junior Adleigh Mayes had 34 assists and four aces and senior libero Emma Houston totaled 18 digs. Outside hitter Anna Riley added nine kills.
    Brooks (29-34), coached by Ryan Roberson, were led by senior Jordan Tidwell’s 17 kills, four blocks, 11 digs and nine assists. Cameron Lovell also had five kills, seven digs and three aces.
    Pacing Fairview (50-19), coached by Tracy Means, was Daisy Monasio. The junior middle hitter had 11 kills, two blocks and seven digs. Micah Means also had 21 assists and Katie Bal had nine digs.
Montgomery Catholic 3, Jacksonville 2: The Knights (26-11), coached by Sellers Dubberley, dropped the first set 17-25 but came back to win the match 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13. No statistics were reported by Catholic.
  Jacksonville, coached by David Clark, got super efforts from his pair of junior middle hitters, Kayla Broom and Brenna Stone. They hard 27 and 22 kills, respectively, and 12 and 7 blocks. Broom also had 11 digs and Stone had 16. Setter Molly Wilson dished out 28 assists.



BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 7A champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (38-8) downed Thompson 3-0 in its opening match of the 49th annual AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships Wednesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Dirty Dozen advanced to the semifinals to face Bob Jones (33-14) at 3:30 Wednesday.
     Bob Jones downed Baker 3-0, Mountain Brook (57-7) topped Auburn 3-0 and Hoover (34-14)  beat Enterprise 3-1 in the other quarterfinal matches. The Spartans and Bucs square off in the other semifinal at 3:30.
McGill-Toolen Catholic 3, Thompson 0: Imani Nicholson’s 10 kills led a balance attack as McGill beat the Warriors 25-12, 25-20, 25-15. Haley Palmer and Skyler Bumpers each had seven kills, Katie Hemphill had 15 digs and setter Amelia Boykin had nine digs and 26 assists. Palmer also had seven service aces, most reported for any player in the quarterfinals in all classes.
   Thompson (34-26), coached by Judy Green, was paced by senior Molly Willis’ 10 kills. Bri Wilson also had eight kills and Kelsey Tangle had 21 assists.
Bob Jones 3, Baker 2: The Patriots (33-14), coached by Cassie Mullinax, and The Hornets (21-16) went the distance as Bob Jones pulled out 16-25, 25-23, 18-25, 27-25, 15-12 win. Juanita Monteiro-Pai had 18 kills and 19 digs for the Patriots. Lauren Lyons had 10 kills, four blocks and 20 digs, Krista Degenaar contributed 11 kill and Adeline Barnes had 43 assists, 13 digs and two aces.
    Baker, coached by Carly Dougherty, got  strong performance from setter Kelsey Folse. She had 48 assists, 14 digs and three blocks. Alexis Burkhardt had 18 kills and 18 digs, Anna-Marie Stevens totaled 17 kills, Rachel Morissette had 15 kills and three blocks, and libero Megan Edmond had 45 digs.
Mountain Brook 3, Auburn 0: The Lady Spartans of Coach Vickie Nichols beat the Tigers in three sets 25-7, 25-14, 25-14 as senior Grace Carr notched 11 kills and 12 digs. Celia Field had eight kills and seven digs, Mary Kathrine Fowlkes added eight kills and Ann Vandevelde had 26 assists and nine digs. Field and Carr also had four aces each.
   Auburn (37-20), coached by Bentley Stephenson, got eight kills from Lilly Casey.
Hoover 3, Enterprise 1: The Bucs (34-14) beat Enterprise 25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 25-16) to set up the semifinal match with rival Mountain Brook. Coach Chris Camper’s team was led by Rya McKinnon’s 23 kills and 20 digs. Gabrielle Essix added 16 kills and Sydney Melton had 10. Laurel Burkhardt added 17 digs and setter Aly Durban dished out 50 assists and had 11 digs.
   Enterprise (32-15), coached by Janie Wiggins, was led by Tatiana Bonilla’s 25 digs and Ali Wiggins’ rare triple double 13 kills, 15 digs and 10 assists. Morgan Harrelson had 14 assists and six kills.


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BIRMINGHAM – Hazel Green (57-8) beat Pelham 3-0 and Albertville (44-11) defeated Northridge 3-0 Wednesday morning to set up a semifinal battle later today at Birmingham’s CrossPlex as the 49th AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Tournament continued its first-day action.
    Defending state champion Spanish Fort (70-6) downed Athens 3-0) and  Hartselle (68-10) beat Chelsea 3-1 to advance to the other semifinal game.
Hazel Green 3, Pelham 0: Gracie Lynn Butler recorded 25 kills, 14 digs and three blocks as the Trojans (57-8) won their match over Pelham 25-21, 35-33, 25-17. Catherine Smith had 37 assists and 16 digs, and Brittany Strope added 14 digs. Grace Engels contributed five blocks and seven digs for Coach CoCo Tate Hughes’ squad.
    Pelham (32-17), coached by Perry Robinson, got 15 kills and 13 digs from Erin Long. Tammy Melendez had 21 digs and Ashley Anderson  had 14 assists and 11 digs. Kennedy Chambers had seven kills.
Albertville 3, Northridge 0: Jayden Watkins and Journey Oden had 11 and 10 kills, respectively, ss Coach Lydia O’Donnell’s Aggies (44-11) beat Northridge 25-20, 25-19, 25-18). The duo also had 7  and 6 blocks, and setter Savannah Rutledge had 20 assists. Middle hitter Landon Phillips also had nine blocks.
    Northridge, coached by Ryan Gamble, also had a  strong showing on the front line with Mary Morgan Formby totaling 11 kills and 9 blocks and Lydia Paulette, 9 kills and 10 blocks.
Spanish Fort 3, Athens 0: The Toros (70-6) of Coach Gretchen Boykin notched the 70th match win of the season with the 25-14, 25-11, 25-10 win over Athens. Avery Rogers posted 17 kills, Kamble Fanette had eight kills and nine digs, Kayla Keshock had six kills and 30 assists.
Hartselle 3, Chelsea 1: Hailey Holshouser controlled the net with 22 kills and also had 16 digs to lead Coach Tonya Lybarger’s Tigers (68-10) to s 19-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20 win over Chelsea. Lillyanna Cartee added 27 digs, 10 kills and five blocks, Tori Hughes had 17 digs and Grace Leighton dished out 40 assists.
    No statistics were reported for Chelsea.



BIRMINGHAM – Defending Class 5A state champion Jasper (61-9) rolled past Saint James (13-40) in a quarterfinal match-up of last year’s state finalists and the Lady Vikings won in three straight, 25-12, 25-12, 25-7.
      The win sends Jasper to the semifinals to face Alexandria at 3:30 p.m. today at the Birmingham CrossPlex.  The Valley Cubs (45-11) eliminated Brewbaker Tech in straight sets as well, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19). Faith Academy (44-9) and Lawrence County (48-19) posted qurterinal wins in the 9:45 time slot to advance to the other semifinal.
Jasper 3, Saint James 0: Alex Oliver led Jasper, coached by Bobby Daniel, with nine kills, seven service aces and two blocks, and middle hitter Jordan Gilbert had seven blocks and five kills. Dayion Johnson also had five blocks. Setter Temperance Chatman had 19 assists.
     Saint James, coached by Karen Lee, was paced by Hannah Grace Griggs’ eight digs. Lily Foley also had eight assists and the trio of Mary Julian Selzer, Danielle Greene and Merrily Capouya had five kills each.
Alexandria 3, Brewbaker Tech 0: Coach Whitney Welch’s Valley Cubs were led by junior Jordan Beason’s 13 kills and eight digs. Lexi Weber also had 11 kills and two blocks and Madison Wallace, nine kills and three block. Anna Johnson dished out 31 assists, had seven digs and two aces. Sarah Pelham also contributed 17 digs and two assists.
    Logan Horne and Madison Morgan had 16 digs each for Brewbaker, coached by Elissa Morris. Elaina Brooks had 11 kills, Lindsey Scott eight and Horne six. Setter Mikea Allen had 25 assists.
Faith Academy 3, Guntersville 1: Aaliyah Austin turned in a effort on the front line finishing with 25 kills and five blocks to pace the Rams to a 25-22, 12-25, 25-23, 25-17 win in the 5A quarterfinals. Setter Brinkley Hern had 21 assists and five digs, and libero Kristen Mitternight  had 15 digs and six assists for Coach Claire Elliott. Guntersville statistics were not available.
Lawrence County 3, Ramsay 0: Coach Robyn Hutto’s Red Devils downed Ramsay 25-22, 25-22, 26-24 with Anna Claire Hutto turning in an all-around performance with 30 assists, 13 digs, six kills, three service aces and one block. Lexi Heidt added 12 kills and 17 digs, Abby Cook had seven kills and seven digs, and Sami Parker had four aces and 15 digs.
    Ramsay (21-28), coached by Shauntae Lockett-Lewis, got a tremendous effort from middle hitter Lauren Canady, who had 21 kills, four blocks and two aces. Jaidynn Perkins also had 13 kills and six blocks. Yemiymah Yisrael had 23 digs and Ihanla Williams totaled 28 assists and and 13 digs.