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Class 6A State Championship

Hazel Green 3, Spanish Fort 0
   
Hazel Green’s Lady Trojans downed defending champion Spanish Fort in a grueling 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 championship match Thursday afternoon to capture the school’s first state volleyball championship since 1994 – a 22-year drought. The match at the Birmingham CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena finished the Trojans’ season at 56-10.
         Coach Coco Tate Hughes was a member of that 1994 team that a 5A state championship.
         Senior Brooke Sanford registered 14 kills and 16 digs to earn MVP honors for Hazel Green. Gracie Lynn Butler and Tierra Porter had 12 kills each and Maci Battle had 10. The Trojans finished the match with 49.  Setter Lauren Lasater dished out 45 assists and 12 digs.
        Spanish Fort (58-5), coached by Gretchen Boykin, got strong efforts from Savannah Lee and Carley Hamric. The duo had 14 and 11 kills, respectively.
      Hazel Green now has seven state championships. The first six were coached by AHSAA Hall of Fame coach Glenda Wright, who finished her coaching career with 1,458 match wins.  She was on hand to Thursday to support her longtime school and prize pupil.
      Boykin, who played at McGill-Toolen for Becky Dickinson, the first volleyball coach to be inducted into the AHSAA Sports Hall of Fame. Dickinson retired with 1,273 victories and 16 state titles.
   Finals for Classes 3A and 1A were still to be completed Thursday afternoon.
   All championship matches of the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
    Class 6A All-Tourney Team
   
Brooke Sanford, Hazel Green (MVP);  Maci Battle, Hazel Green; Lauren Lasater, Hazel Green; Tierra Porter, Hazel Green; Gracie Lynn Butler, Hazel Green; Savannah Lee, Spanish Fort; Carley Hamric, Spanish Fort.
    
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