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CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Pelham 3, Jasper 2

    BIRMINGHAM – Pelham captured the school’s third state volleyball championship and the first since 1997 winning an incredible 25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15 victory over Jasper in the Class 6A finals of the 2017 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Bill Harris Arena Thursday.
    Both teams clawed back time and time again with Coach Perry Robinson’s Panthers (41-9) rallying from a 24-19 deficit in game two 26-24.  The Vikings (57-5) of Coach Bobby Daniel rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win games 3 and 4 and force the fifth game.
     Emorie Long had 17 kills to lead Pelham and earn MVP honors.  Four teammates also had 10 or more kills in a contest that had 63 for the Panthers and 62 for Jasper. Sarah Guthrie also had 13 kills and 16 digs, Kaytlyn Maddox and Jamila Wilson had 11 kills each and Erin Long had 10 for Pelham. Setter Georgia Stonicher also had 56 assists and Grace Nolen, 19 digs. Guthrie also had three service aces.
    Walker had four girls with 12 or more kills with McKinley Fergerson totaling 18, Tameyah Griffin and Morgan McClendon, 13 each, and Alex Oliver 12. Ferguson and Khloe Kimbrell had 29 and 25 assists, respectively. Temperance Chatman also had a match-high 30 digs and four ace serves.
    The five remaining state finals will be played today with all being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
CLASS 6A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Emorie Long, Pelham (MVP); Sarah Guthrie, Pelham; Georgia Stonicher, Pelham; McKinley Ferguson, Jasper; Tameyah Griffin, Jasper; Shyan Flack, Brewer.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
CLASS 1A
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)
CLASS 6A
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
CLASS 2A

Goshen (28-13) vs. St. Luke's Episcopal (33-15), 4:45 p.m.
CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.  
CLASS 4A
Saint James (36-9) vs. Deshler (43-14), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A
Lawrence County (59-4) vs. Alexandria (43-9),1:15 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Bob Jones (42-10) vs.  McGill-Toolen Catholic (46-7), 11:30 a.m.



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