Friday, January 24, 2020






Saint James Senior Lucy Edwards Sets AHSAA Match Record with 27 Aces in Win over Valley

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4

    MONTGOMERY – Lucy Edwards, a senior at Saint James, set an AHSAA record serving 27 aces in the Lady Trojans’ 3-0 victory over Valley September 10.  Her effort captured the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4.
Her total also ranked sixth nationally. The 5-foot-3 setter for Coach Karen Lee scored 36% of her team’s points from the service box with the aces as Saint James won in straight sets 25-6, 25-2, 26-5.
    The single-match national record, accord to the NFHS Record Book, is 36, established by Maura Kelly of Caldwell High School vs. Newark West Side on September 19, 2003. The New Jersey prep standout’s record has stood for 16 years. Katie DeLay of Chattanooga’s Boyd Buchanan High School (2013), Lauren Deaton of Harding Academy (2017) in Memphis and Minnesota high schooler Mackenzie Luce of Lundington (2017) each had 32 services aces in a match to share second place.  Andrea Nachtrieb of Aurora Gateway High School in Colorado ranked fifth all-time with 28 in a match.
     The AHSAA previous record (10) was set by Lexie Bradley of Wilson in a match versus Central-Florence in 2013.

St. James (7-9) beat Valley and Beauregard last week as Lucy Edwards set a state record with 27 aces the win over Valley.

Edwards had 34 aces for the week, adding 25 assists and 11 digs while Danielle Greene had 18 kills.
     Edwards’ art of serving edged a couple of other top serving efforts for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight. Lincoln senior Taylor Lett served 25 straight points with eight aces during the stretch in a 25-0, 25-5 win over Childersburg. She finished the week with 11 aces as the Bears (21-7) went 4-0. Teammate Morgan Allison added 25 service aces. And at Horseshoe Bend, Kate Lewis had 15 service aces, 77 assists and 19 kills as the Generals won seven matches on the way to winning the Wadley Invitational tourney title.
      AHSAA teams had great success against out-of-state schools with Mountain Brook winning the 66-team Rocky Top Classic invitational at Sevierville (TN). McGill-Toolen Catholic also won the Catholic Cup tourney beating two defending state champions from Louisiana and one from Georgia in the process; and Thompson was 6-0 en route to the River City Classic tourney at Jacksonville (FL).


HALEY PALMER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Earned MVP honors as the Dirty Dozen captured the Catholic Cup Tournament going 6-0 with wins over defending state champions Teurling Catholic (LA), St. Pius X (GA) and Mt. Carmel (LA) along with Father Ryan (TN), St. Joseph's (LA) and St. John Paul II of Huntsville. She had 59 kills, 34 digs, eight blocks and five service aces in the six wins.
KELSEY TANGLE, THOMPSON: Helped the Warriors win six matches, including the championship match at the River City Classic tourney in Jacksonville (FL), with 127 assists and 10 service aces.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Totaled 111 kills, 103 digs and 15 aces as the Spartans (27-5) won the 66-Team Rocky Top Classic tournament at Sevierville (TN). Teammate Ann Vandevelde also had 257 assists and Liz Vandevelde had 128 digs.
MACKENZIE YOAKUM, HOMEWOOD: Led Homewood (18-5) to eight straight wins, including the Husky Challenge tourney championship at Trussville. She had 43 kills and a 33.4% hitting percentage.
AVERY RODGERS, SPANISH FORT: Totaled 83 kills, 12 blocks and 37 digs as Spanish Fort (27-5) won nine matches last week. Among the victories were seven wins en route to the championship of the Battle of the Bay tourney. The Toros downed host and defending 4A state champion Bayside Academy in the finals. Teammate Kayla Keshock also had 159 assists, 66 kills, 59 digs, 21 blocks and nine service aces.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 114 kills, 41 digs, 15 blocks and seven aces as the Rebels (15-2) went 6-2 and reached the finals of the Enterprise Invitational tourney. Makenna Long dished out 260 assists for G.W. Long.
MACKENZIE MORRISON, GULF SHORES: Had 232 assists, 33 digs and 12 aces as the Dolphins (17-5) won the Battle of the Bridge tournament. Teammate Lauren Quigley had 123 kills, 84 digs, 20 blocks and 14 aces.
GRACE LEIGHTON, HARTSELLE: Had 115 assists and 31 digs as the Tigers (25-4) went 6-0 to win the Eddie Prueitt Invitational tourney. Hartselle beat Madison Academy in the championship match. Tori Hughes also had 90 digs.
GRAYSON EVANS, CURRY: Had 82 kills, 52 digs and 12 blocks to earn MVP honors as Curry went 6-1 on the week and won the Walker County Tournament.
ALLI WILLIAMS, ATHENS: Had 116 kills and seven blocks as Athens (14-8) went 7-2 in nine matches. The only loss came to East Limestone in the Elkmont Invitational tourney.
JESSICA CROSS, BROOKWOOD: Led the Panthers (11-3) to six wins, including going 4-0 in the McAdory Invitational to win the title. She had 28 kills, 14 blocks and 20 assists.

RYLEIGH HAMM, WETUMPKA: Had 47 kills and 65 digs as the Indians played six matches and won the Stanhope Elmore Invitational tourney.

ALY DURBAN, HOOVER: Had 166 assists in seven matches for the Bucs (13-9).
MORIAH SEAY, PRATTVILLE: Had 56 kills, 25 blocks and 14 aces as the Lions won seven of nine matches last week.
JUANITA MONTERIO-PAI, BOB JONES: Had 26 kills and 17 digs in two wins over Buckhorn and James Clemens for Bob Jones (12-6).
ANNA GRACE DAVIS, BUCKHORN: Had 95 digs as the Bucks (19-9) went 6-3 in nine matches. Five of the wins came over out-of-state teams.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 121 assists as the Panthers went 7-3 on the week. Southside lost to tourney champion Homewood in the semifinals of the Husky Challenge tourney.
ADLEIGH MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 146 assists, 49 digs and 13 aces as the Eagles (21-3) went 7-1. Providence’s only loss was to 7A Enterprise at the Enterprise Invitational.
SAVANAH FREE, DANVILLE: Totaled 159 assists, 33 digs, 10 kills and eight aces as the Hawks went 5-1 on the week.
ANN COBERN CHAPMAN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Helped the defending Class 3A state champion Eagles (19-4) win five of seven matches last week notching 40 kills and

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