Thursday, November 21, 2019






Mountain Brook Extends Streak to 20 in a Row with Championship of HeffStrong Invitational tourney

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 5

MONTGOMERY – Mountain Brook High School’s Spartans volleyball team extended its current win streak to 20 in a row last weekend by winning the HeffStrong Invitational tournament at Spain Park High School.
    The Spartans (34-5) of Coach Vickie Nichols won 11 matches in a row to win the 66-team Rocky Top Classic the previous weekend and followed with a regular-season victory over Hewitt-Trussville and six straight wins at the HeffStrong tourney. Mountain Brook didn’t lose a single set in the seven matches and beat host Spain Park in the finals.
     The dominating win streak catapulted Class 7A Mountain Brook into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for week five of the 2019 season. Senior Grace Carr continued her strong play on the net with 54 kills, 40 digs and eight service aces. Senior teammate Hannah Hitson added 23 kills, seven blocks and seven aces, junior Celie Field also had 23 kills, five blocks, 30 digs and nine aces. Senior setter Ann Vandevelde, handed out 107 assists and also had 38 digs, five kills and three blocks in a strong all-around effort.
   The next major tournament for Mountain Brook will be the Margaret Blalock Invitational scheduled for Oct. 11-12.
    The Spartans’ team streak edged out a noteworthy milestone by Chelsea setter Bailey Drew McIntyre. She had 183 assists for the week and recorded the 1,000th assist of her career on Saturday in a win over Russell County at the Smiths Station Tourney. The Hornets (26-2) captured the championship later in the day beating Harris County (GA) in the finals. Chelsea was
8-1 on the week with wins over Vestavia Hills and Homewood in regular season play and victories over Valley, Smiths Station, Russell County, Shaw (Ga.), Central-Phenix City and Harris County in the tourney. McIntyre also had 63 digs and 25 service aces.




SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Won MVP honors leading the Aggies (21-4) to the Marshall County Tournament championship. She had 110 assists, 22 service aces, 16 kills and three blocks. Albertville, after losing to Arab in pool play, beat the Knights in the finals.
ANNA JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: The Valley Cubs’ setter turned in 152 assists, 46 digs, 20 aces and 15 kills as Alexandria (29-6) won eight matches to win the Brooks Invitational.

BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Handed out 150 assists and served seven aces as the Panthers (23-08) won the Champions Fall Fest Invitational and finished 7-1 on the week.
ABIGAIL WISTNER, MADISON ACADEMY: Totaled 110 assists, 61 kills, 79 digs and 17 aces as the Mustangs (27-10) went 8-2 on the week. Madison Academy won the Priceville Invitational going 8-0.
KARSEN KINMAN, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 29 assists as Horseshoe Bend won the Tallapoosa County tournament with wins over
Ranburne, Dadeville and Reeltown.
PAGE MORRIS, SPAIN PARK: Totaled 70 kills, 15 aces, seven blocks and 11 digs as the Jaguars went 8-1 for the week and finished runner-up in the HeffStrong Tourney.
GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Totaled 77 kills and 26 blocks as the defending Class 6A state champion Trojans (35-5) finished 6-1 and reached the finals of the WILLCO Invitational in Tennessee before falling to Greenwood (KY).
HAILEY HOLSEHOUSER, HARTSELLE: Had 99 digs and 72 kills as Hartselle (33-5) went 8-1 for the week, including 4-1 at the WILLCO Invitational tourney. Teammate Grace Leighton also had 192 assists and 15 aces.
ANN MARGARET KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Passed out 256 assists, had 124 digs and 27 aces to lead Central to a 7-2 record and a strong showing in the Brooks Invitational.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 22 kills in a 25-21, 25-15, 25-20 setback to Houston Academy. She scored 39.3% of her team’s points just on her kill shots.
ASHLEY CONNER, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had 31 assists as the Raiders upset G.W. Long 3-0.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Had 30 kills and three service aces in two match wins as the Bucs beat Thompson and handed defending Class 5A state champion Jasper its first in-state
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 13 kills and nine service aces as the Senators (22-8) beat Austin.
ADELINE BARNES, BOB JONES: Helped the Patriots (16-8) go 4-2 at the HeffStrong tourney by notching 108 assists and 29 digs. Among the Bob Jones wins was a victory over defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic.
KALLIE BURDEN, DESHLER: Totaled 74 kills and five blocks in the Brooks Invitational as the Tigers went 7-1 for the week.
ALI WIGGINS, ENTERPRISE: Helped the Wildcats go 3-1 at the HeffStrong Tournament with 21 assists and 15 kills.
KAYLIE WRIGHT, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had 92 kills and 12 aces in 10 matches as the Trojans (20-12) went 6-4 for the week.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: Led the Bulldogs to s 3-0 win over Houston County with nine service saves and eight kills.
COURTNEY STONE, DORA: Had 147 assists and 36 digs in nine matches for the Bulldogs.
KHLOE KIMBRELL, CURRY: Had 136 assists, 43 digs and 17 aces as Curry (35-6) went 9-1 on the week with the only loss coming to Southside-Gadsden at the Champions Fall Fest tourney.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II: Had 113 kills and 14 aces in nine matches for the Falcons.

CALEY GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats to five wins in seven matches with 120 digs and 10 aces.



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