BIRMINGHAM – Fourteen outstanding volleyball teams advanced through quarterfinal and semifinal play Wednesday to advance to the 2017 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships Thursday.
Defending champions Addison (1A), St. Luke’s Episcopal (2A) and Bayside Academy (3A) each claimed semifinal victories at Birmingham’s CrossPlex Wednesday. The 46th annual championships move to the Bill Harris Arena next door beginning at 8 a.m., with 1A finals at the 5,500-seat arena. The remaining schedule features the Class 6A finals at 9:45 a.m.; Class 7A at 11 a.m.; Class 5A at 1:15 p.m.; Class 4A at 3 p.m.; Class 2A at 4:45 p.m.; and Class 3A closing out the seven championship matches at 6:30 p.m.
Each championship will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network with veteran announcer Jerry Young handling the play-by-play.
Bayside Academy (41-10) nipped Carbon Hill (69-10) in the Class 3A semifinals Wednesday 3-1 to move into the 3A finals Thursday. The Lady Admirals of Coach Ann Schilling will striving to claim their 16th consecutive state crown facing Montgomery Academy (44-12) in the championship at 6:30 p.m. That match will close out the 46th annual state tournament.
Senior setter Ansleigh Daily had 39 assists and senior outside hitter Brantley Rhodes had 18 kills in the tough semifinal win over Carbon Hill. The Bulldogs were led by junior Alyssa Dutton’s 14 kills. Bayside owns 25 state championships dating back to 1981. Schilling’s team won three in a row from 1998-2000, failed to win in 2001 and has won ever since. The 2002-2007 championships came in Class 2A and the rest since then have come in Class 3A.
Montgomery Academy beat Providence Christian 3-2 in the other semifinal battle. Coach Julie Gordon’s Eagles won the 2A state crown in 2013.
Addison (50-8) is going for its fourth championship in a row – winning in Class 2A in 2014 and 2015 and last year in Class 6A. Coach Kayla Woodard’s Bulldogs will face arch-rival Meek (46-17), insuring that Winston County schools will own the crown for one more year.
St. Luke’s (33-15) will meet Goshen (28-13) in the 2A finals. The Wildcats won their first state championship last season and the Eagles are playing in the finals for the first time in school history.
Deshler and Saint James will meet in the 4A finals. The Tigers of Coach Jana Killen will be vying for the school’s first volleyball state title. Killen has coached the Lady Tigers (43-14) to five state basketball championships, however, winning the 4A titles in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015 and 2016. Saint James (36-9) captured volleyball titles in 2001 and 2003. Lawrence County (59-4) and Alexandria (43-9) square off in the 5A championship match. The Red Devils have five state championships with the last one coming in 1999. Alexandria won back-to-back titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
In Class 6A, Pelham (40-9) is taking on Jasper (59-4). The Panthers won state titles 1993 and 1997 and the Vikings will be playing for their first state crown. McGill-Toolen Catholic insured a new 7A champion will be crowned by knocking off Mountain Brook in the semifinals. The Spartans won the first three 7A titles since the new class was added (2014, 2015 and 2016). McGill (45-7) has 19 state titles to its credit with the last one coming in 2005. The Dirty Dozen will be facing Bob Jones, which knocked off Oak Mountain in the other 7A semifinal. The Patriots (41-10) have two state titles with the most recent coming in 2013.
AHSAA 46th Annual Volleyball Championships
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (50-8) vs. Meek (46-17), 8 a.m.
Goshen (28-13) vs. St. Luke's Episcopal (33-15), 4:45 p.m.
Bayside Academy (41-10) vs. Montgomery Academy (44-12), 6:30 p.m.
Saint James (36-9) vs. Deshler (43-14), 3 p.m.
Lawrence County (59-4) vs. Alexandria (43-9), 1:15 p.m.
Jasper (57-4) vs. Pelham (40-9), 9:45 a.m.
Bob Jones (41-10) vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (45-7), 11:30 a.m.
MONTGOMERY – All seven defending state champions have qualified for the AHSAA Super Regional Volleyball Championships and will be in the field when the two tournaments get underway Thursday.
Defending state champions St. Luke’s Episcopal (Class 2A), Bayside Academy (Class 3A) and St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A) will be in the 56-team field at South Super Regional at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl MultiPlex. The North Super Regional, at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center, will have the remaining four defending champs, Addison (1A), Madison Academy (4A), Hazel Green (6A) and Mountain Brook (7A) in its 56-team field.
Sixteen teams in Classes 1A through 6A and eight in Class 7A will be vying at each Super Regional to advance to next week’s 46th annual AHSAA State Championships at Birmingham’s CrossPlex. Tomorrow’s action gets underway with Class 6A at 9 a.m. Classes 1A, 2A and 4A also play Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Classes 3A, 5A and 7A open play on Friday with first matches at 9. Defending 1A state champion Addison (44-8), going for its third state crown in a row, will be in action at 2 p.m., at the Von Braun Center’s South Hall taking on Cherokee in its first-round game at 2 p.m.
Mountain Brook opens play Friday morning at 9 a.m., against Huntsville. The Lady Spartans have all three Class 7A state crowns since the AHSAA expanded its classifications from six to seven in 2014.
Daphne’s Bayside Academy plays at 12:45 p.m. Friday at the MultiPlex against Randolph County with Coach Ann Schilling’s Lady Admirals (36-8) riding a streak of 15 state championships in a row. Bayside has 25 state titles overall. Both totals are AHSAA state records.
Last year’s Super Regional tournaments and the State tournament set an AHSAA record for attendance.
Brackets for the North Super Regional can be found at the following link:
Brackets for the South Super Regional can be accessed at:
First-round pairings are also located at:
The Super Regional championship match schedule at each is as follows:
FRIDAY, OCT. 27
Class 1A Finals: 6:30 p.m.
Class 2A Finals: 5 p.m.
Class 4A Finals: 5 p.m.
Class 6A Finals: 5 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 28
Class 3A Finals: 1 p.m.
Class 5A Finals: 1 p.m.
Class 7A Finals: 6:30 p.m.
MONTGOMERY – McGill-Toolen Catholic High School overcame a loss in pool play to claim the championship of the Margaret Blalock Invitational volleyball tournament last weekend. The Blalock tourney, traditionally one of the most competitive in the state that serves as a good measuring stick for teams as them move into the post season, grabbed the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 7 of the 2017 season.
The Dirty Dozen (36-7), coached by Kate Wood, lost to Hoover in pool play but rebounded to beat the Lady Bucs in the finals 2-1. McGill also beat Niceville (FL), Oak Mountain, Alexandria, Hazel Green and Bob Jones en route to the title. Kenya McQuirter had 78 kills, 14 blocks, 49 digs and five service aces to pace McGill-Toolen. Erica Schilling also had 78 kills and 15 aces, and Alex Pierre registered 44 kills and 22 blocks in the tourney.
Other volleyball superlatives from Week 7:
BRITTAN DAVIS, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 12 kills versus Grissom to go over 1,000 kills for her career.
CARSON ANN CROW, SAINT JAMES: Had 29 kills in two matches to go over 1,000 kills for her career.
LINDSEY WALKER, MUSCLE SHOALS: Led the Trojans to the Colbert County tournament championship with 68 kills and eight aces.
ALYSSA DUTTON, CARBON HILL: Registered 131 kills and 22 blocks to lead Carbon Hill to an 11-1 record and won the Shrimp Fest Tourney at Gulf Shores.
PAIGE SHAW, HOOVER: Helped Hoover (26-7) go 7-1 for the week and reach the Margaret Blalock finals with 110 kills, 10 blocks and ???? aces.
TORI WALKER, WILSON: Helped her team finish 7-1 for the week and finish second in the Lauderdale County tourney with 65 kills and 39 blocks.
KINSLEY HANBACK, LEXINGTON: Recorded 66 kills and 18 blocks as Lexington extended its current streak to 38 match wins in a row with a victory in the finals of the Lauderdale County tournament.
EMMA JARRETT, BOB JONES: Had 50 kills in six matches for the Patriots (32-10) at the Margaret Blalock tournament.
MALLORY ODOM, BAKER: The versatile Hornets player had 51 kills and 98 assists in nine matches to lead Baker to the championship of the Silver Bracket at the Gulf Shores Shrimp Fest tournament.
ABBIE CHAMBLESS, ADDISON: Had 64 kills, 33 digs and 15 blocks in five matches to lead Addison to the Winston County tournament championship.
EMORIE LONG, PELHAM: Had 44 kills and nine blocks in three matches for the Panthers.
JAMIE GREGG, HOOVER: Dished out 195 assists for the Bucs in eight matches.
EMMA NESTER, WILSON: Had 173 digs in eight matches as Wilson went 7-1.
LIBBY GRACE GANN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Registered 159 assists and 10 service aces in a very productive week for the Lady Spartans.
KALEY BRUCE, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Had 126 assists, 53 digs and 13 aces as the Lions reached the finals of the Barry Walker Invitational tournament at Briarwood.
AIJA ABELE, BOB JONES: Had 109 assists in seven matches for the Patriots.
KELLAN HENSLEY, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Had 155 digs in seven matches for the Wildcats.
TAYLOR FONTENELLE, SPANISH FORT: Had 127 digs and 11 aces in eight matches for the week.
TAYLOR BROWN, WILSON: Had 118 digs in eight matches as Wilson went 7-1 for the week.
HANNA RIGSBY, GULF SHORES: Totaled 105 digs in seven matches for Gulf Shores.
MONTGOMERY – Mortimer Jordan High School outside hitter Makayla Pharris led the Blue Devils to five wins last week, including going 4-0 to capture the championship in the Jefferson County Volleyball Tournament.
The 5-foot-11 senior had 14 kills and 14 blocks in the tourney to earn MVP honors on the way to grabbing the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 6. The Class 5A Blue Devils (21-10) of Coach Kelsey Treadaway beat Curry earlier in the week, then reeled off victories over Pleasant Grove, Gardendale and Clay-Chalkville before beating Gardendale again in the tourney finals.
Senior setter Kayla Dollar had 46 assists and eight aces, 5-11 junior Laci Reese contributed 17 kills, eight blocks and nine service aces and junior Emma Kate Dean registered 17 digs for Mortimer Jordan.
Other top performances reported included:
ALYSSA DUTTON, CARBON HILL: Had 98 kills, 18 service aces, 22 blocks and 43 digs to lead Carbon Hill (47-5) to an 11-1 record for the week, including going 6-1 to win the Danville Tournament of Champions over the weekend. The Bulldogs beat two ranked teams in Class 3A and one in Class 7A during the stretch.
BRI TURNER, DAPHNE: Had 20 kills in two match wins to go over 1,000 career kills. Teammate Sydney Omtvedt also went over 1,000 career kills with 17.
POLLY GLASS, REHOBETH: Led the Lady Rebels to the Wiregrass Athletic Conference tournament title with 14 kills, two blocks and 10 digs in the championship match 25-17, 25-21 win over Wicksburg She also had seven kills and four blocks in Rehobeth’s semifinal victory over Headland.
SKYLER BENSON, PRICEVILLE: Had a career high 16 kills in a win over Tanner and finished the week with 44 kills in four wins.
ANNA GRIGGS, ARAB: Led the Lady Knights to a 9-2 record and runner-up finish in the Boaz Invitational tourney with 132 kills and 46 blocks.
SHYAN FLACK, BREWER: Managed 127 kills, 101 digs, 10 aces and 10 blocks as to Patriots went 8-2 on the week.
KENYA McQUIRTER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Totaled 19 kills, 15 digs and four blocks to lead the Dirty Dozen (29-6) over defending 5A state champion St. Paul’s Episcopal for one of its two match wins.
ABBIE CHAMBLESS, ADDISON: Had 27 blocks, 74 kills, 11 aces and 63 digs as Addison won eight matches and reached the finals of Tournament of Champions at Danville.
TAYLOR WRIGHT, BUCKHORN: Recorded 27 kills and eight blocks as Buckhorn went 2-1 in three matches.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Had 92 kills and 65 digs in six matches.
GRACE PATTERSON, BRIARWOOD CHRISTIAN: Led the Lions to a 3-1 record with 46 kills and nine blocks.
MONTGOMERY – Sophomore setter McKinley Ferguson turned in an all-around performance to lead Class 6A Jasper (30-1) to nine volleyball wins last week. She had 128 assists, 84 kills, 66 digs and 25 service aces to lead the Lady Vikings of Coach Bobby Daniels to 10 wins last week and grabbed the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 5.
Ferguson and her Lady Vikings teammates headed into the week at 20-0 and stretched the state’s longest winning streak of the season to 30 before Daphne beat Jasper 2-1 in in the Over-the-Mountain invitational tourney hosted by Hoover High School last weekend. Alex Oliver added 66 kills, 58 digs and nine aces, and Kensley Farris contributed 45 kills, 18 blocks and 11 aces during last week’s strong showing.
Other top performances from across the state last week:
PAIGE SHAW, HOOVER: Had 84 kills, nine blocks, 31 digs and 16 service to lead Hoover (17-6) to seven wins and the title of the Over-The-Mountain Classic tournament.
ALANA COX, BOB JONES: Helped the Lady Patriots win eight of nine matches delivering 81 kills and 29 blocks.
JOSIE HUGHES, CROSSVILLE: Registered 18 kills and five aces in a match versus Scottsboro. She had 81 kills, 16 blocks and 28 aces over seven matches for the week.
LIBBY KIRBY, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had 37 kills, 19 digs and seven service aces in three matches for the Saints.
MEKAILA HILL, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had 35 kills in three wins for the Cougars.
KELSEY GIBSON, GOSHEN: Had 28 kills in a 22-25, 25-29, 20-25, 25-17, 20-18 loss to Ariton. She also had 30 kills in three matches over the weekend.
TIA ROGERS, PIKE COUNTY: Led the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win over Abbeville with nine blocks, seven kills and eight assists.
LAKYN PRATT, ARITON: Totaled 21 kills and five blocks in a marathon 3-2 win over Goshen and also had 38 kills to lead the Purple Cats (17-2) to the finals of the Carroll Invitational.
POLLY GLASS, REHOBETH: Recorded 13 kills, five blocks, 14 digs and four aces in a grueling 22-25, 15-25, 25-19, 25-13, 15-11 match as Rehobeth fought back from an 0-2 start to win 3-2 over Headland as the Rebels celebrated senior night.
JAMYAH JACKSON, HEADLAND: Recorded 10 blocks and eight kills in the Rams’ 3-2 loss to Rehobeth.
EMILY POUNDSTONE, SAINT JAMES: Went over 2,000 assists for her career with 42 in two matches last week.
ERIN LANGLEY, SAND ROCK: Recorded 56 assists, 17 digs and six aces in three matches to lead Sand Rock to its second consecutive Cherokee County tournament championship and seventh overall.
AINSLEY SCHULZ, VESTAVIA HILLS: Recorded 246 assists and 11 service aces in seven matches for the Rebels.
JAMIE GREGG, HOOVER: Totaled 178 assists for Hoover in a 7-0 week.
AIJA ABELE, BOB JONES: Registered 177 assists in nine matches for Bob Jones.
LIBBY GRACE GANN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: The setter had 168 assists for the Spartans in seven matches.
MOLLY KATE ATKINS, CARBON HILL: Led the Bulldogs (37-4) to seven straight wins with 165 assists, 33 digs and 24 service aces on the week.
AUTUMN BRAGWELL, BELGREEN: Had 111 assists in three wins for Belgreen.
SAVANNAH GIBBS, HOOVER: Had 148 digs in seven matches for the Lady Bucs.
TAYLOR BROWN, WILSON: Had 90 digs in four wins. Wilson beat two ASWA-ranked teams Deshler and Muscle Shoals.
MADALYNN OWEN, PRICEVILLE: Had 89 digs as Priceville went 7-1 and reached the finals of the Decatur Heritage tourney.
MONTGOMERY – Class 6A Chelsea’s Lady Hornets (20-3) rolled to an 8-0 record last week with senior setter Ashley Mock at the throttles. Mock recorded 72 digs, 111 assists, 28 kills and 20 service aces in one of the most complete all-around performances of the season to grab the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4.
Coach Jessica Pickett’s team won the Husky Challenge volleyball tournament at Hewitt-Trussville over the weekend beating Clay-Chalkville in the final match. Other wins came over Pleasant Valley, Oxford, Mortimer Jordan, Indian Springs, Pell City, Childersburg and the host Huskies.
Sophomore Victoria Schmer added 74 digs and 22 aces. Junior Jules Hamer was on the receiving end a majority of Mock’s assists and finished with 66 kills.
Chelsea’s performance edged out another perfect week for Lexington. Coach Melissa Hammond guided the Class 3A Bears (25-2) to a 10-0 record and the championship of the Brooks Invitational tourney with seniors Kinsley Hanback and Hannah Underwood leading the way. Hanback had 102 kills and 36 kills over the 10-match stretch, and Underwood had 91 kills and 17 blocks. Lexington beat Lawrence County in the finals of the tourney Saturday and also had regular-season wins earlier in the week over Wilson, Brooks, Hatton, Colbert County, Mars Hill Bible and Loretto (TN).
A special thanks to Dennis Victory of al.com for his contributions to this spotlight.
In other highlights reported:
KATE SHARP, JAMES CLEMENS: Helped Coach Amanda Smith’s Class 7A Jets win the Bronze Bracket of the Kentucky Challenge tourney recording 101 assists and 26 kills in eight matches. The senior setter now has 2,322 career assists.
MACKENZIE DAVIS, ATHENS BIBLE: Went over 1,000 assists for her career with 55 on Saturday in four matches at the Priceville Invitational. Athens Bible reached the tourney semifinals and finished 3-1 for the tourney.
LAUREN MAYES, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Led the Red Devils (28-3) to a runner-up finish in the Brooks Invitational and an 11-1 record for the week with an all-around effort including 108 kills, 38 blocks and 20 service aces.
AVERY NANCE, GENEVA: Totaled 26 kills, 11 blocks and six service aces to lead the Panthers to a grueling 27-25, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 win over Andalusia in one of the top matches of the season for both teams.
EMRY WRIGHT, SIPSEY VALLEY: Had 10 kills and 20 aces to lead the Bears to a 3-0 win over Oak Grove.
KARLEE HALE, GERALDINE: Helped the Bulldogs (23-6) win 10 matches, including six in their own tourney en route to the title. She had 79 kills, 31 blocks, 34 digs and 20 service aces.
SKYLER BENSON, PRICEVILLE: Finished the week with 80 kills in 10 games as Priceville went 8-2 in that span.
EMORIE LONG, PELHAM: Had 65 kills and 25 blocks in nine matches. The Panthers went 4-2 in the HeffStrong Invitational at Spain Park to reach the semifinals.
LEXIE SMITH, HARTSELLE: The junior recorded 53 kills, five blocks and 26 digs as the Tigers won six of seven matches for the week.
HANNAH VINES, VESTAVIA HILLS: Helped the Rebels win four of six matches with 43 kills and 33 digs.
MIKAELA GRUBB, ENTERPRISE: Had 41 kills and 34 digs as Enterprise went 5-1 on the week and finished runner-up to Providence Christian in its own tourney.
ALANA COX, BOB JONES: Led her team to a 4-0 record with 35 kills, 11 blocks and six aces for the week.
JEANNA THOMAS, AUSTIN: Recorded 56 kills, 22 blocks and seven aces to lead the Black Bears to the Priceville Invitational championship and a 5-1 record for the week.
LAEKYN BENNETT, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Had 247 assists as her team won 11 of 12 matches last week.
GEORGIA STONICHER, PELHAM: Recorded 211 assists in nine matches as the Panthers went 7-2. Pelham also reached the semifinals of the HeffStrong Tourney at Spain Park.
REILLY VOUGHT, SPANISH FORT: Led Spanish Fort to seven wins in eight matches with 162 assists, 50 digs and 10 aces.
ALLIE ISOM, ARAB: Handed out 153 assists as Arab went 6-3 for the week.
KAYLA DOLLAR, MORTIMER JORDAN: Registered 150 assists as the Blue Devils went 5-3 – notching Coach Kelsey Treadway’s 100th career victory in the process.
KIRBY SMITH, GERALDINE: Distributed 96 assists and also had 19 digs to lead Geraldine to six straight wins and the Geraldine Invitational title. The Bulldogs won 10 matches over the week.
KIRSTEN BOYD, THOMPSON: Had 96 assists as the Warriors (19-8) finished fifth in the 24-team field at the Kentucky Challenge. Thompson was 4-2 on the week.
ISABELLE FUELL, HUNTSVILLE: Totaled 81 assists as Huntsville won three of four matches.
AIJA AVELE, BOB JONES: Had 66 assists as Bob Jones (16-3) went 4-0 for the week, including a 2-0 victory over defending Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook.
PAIGE NORRIS, SAND ROCK: Totaled 123 digs as Sand Rock went 7-3 on the week.
ALEXIS SNOW, DANVILLE: Had 122 digs in nine matches for the Hawks.
TAYLOR FONTENELLE, SPANISH FORT: Recorded 102 digs and 10 aces as the Toros (20-5) went 7-1.
MORENA PERAL, MOODY: Had 73 digs as the Blue Devils (21-6) went 10-0 on the week and won its own invitational tourney.
SHELBY BROTHERS, GERALDINE: Had 65 digs and 16 aces in 10 wins last week.
ERICA SCHILLING, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 65 digs and six aces in seven matches for the Dirty Dozen last week.
MONTGOMERY – Bayside Academy’s Admirals’ volleyball win over Spanish Fort in the finals of the Battle of the Bay tournament last weekend was a special victory in more ways than one.
The victory was the 1,400th in the career of Coach Ann Schilling. The Admirals (12-4) and Schilling also grabbed the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for week three with the victory.
Schilling and the Bayside volleyball program have been among the tops in the nation for many years – winning 15 straight AHSAA state championships heading into this season and 24 overall – both are AHSAA state marks. Her career record improved to 1,400-370 after the tournament championship match Saturday. Bayside finished 8-1 for the week.
Glenda Wright is the AHSAA’s all-time career volleyball wins leader with a 1,458-593 record that spanned five decades. Wright, who spent most of her teaching and coaching career at Hazel Green, retired after 2015.
Bayside senior setter Ansleigh Dailey, who had 167 assists in nine matches last week, also recorded her 5,000th career assist and became the fourth player in AHSAA history to reach that total in her career. Huntsville’s Chelsea Wintzinger holds the AHSAA record with 7,505 assists from 2005-09. Sydney Chandler, who helped Bayside win five state titles from 2009-13, ranks second and holds the Bayside school record with 7,505 assists. Addison’s Kali Lake also recorded 5,827 assists for the Bulldogs from 2006-09.
In other highlights reported:
CARSON ANN CROW, SAINT JAMES: Notched 31 kills in two matches including 18 in a win over Trinity Presbyterian.
EMMA JOHNSON, HELENA: Had 30 kills and 15 blocks as Helena posted five wins to claim the Chelsea tournament championship.
SYDNEY OMTEVEDT, DAPHNE: Had 73 kills and 30 service aces in nine matches.
MARLEE JOHNSON, SPAIN PARK: Posted 63 kills and five blocks to lead the Jaguars to the championship of the Eddie Prueitt Invitational at Hartselle.
DULANEY PETERSON, BUCKHORN: Helped the Lady Bucks finish third in the Eddie Preuitt tournament’s Gold division collecting 36 kills, 17 blocks and 10 aces.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 17 kills, seven digs and three blocks in a win over James Clemens.
PAIGE SHAW, HOOVER: Had 17 kills, five blocks and four aces in a win over Oak Mountain and finished the week with 79 kills and 10 blocks in six matches.
ABBIE CHAMBLESS, ADDISON: Had 53 kills, 52 digs, 20 blocks and 12 aces as Addison (19-2) finished 7-0 on the week and won the Donoho Tournament of Champions.
TIERRA PORTER, HAZEL GREEN: Helped the defending Class 6A state champion Trojans go 4-1 for the week registering 32 kills and 15 blocks in the five matches.
LEXIE SMITH, HARTSELLE: Had 53 kills and 26 digs to lead the Tigers to six wins in seven matches. She had 32 kills to help Hartselle finish second in its own invitational tourney.
LAYYN PRATT, ARITON: Registered 11 kills and three blocks in a triumph over Dale County rival G.W. Long.
HANNAH VINES, VESTAVIA HILLS: Recorded 43 kills and 33 digs in six matches.
ZOEY ALEXANDER, CENTRAL-TUSCALOOSA: Had 33 kills, six aces and four blocks in five matches. She had 12 kills and three aces in a win over Rogers.
JULIANNA TAYLOR, PHILLLIPS: Led Phillips to the championship of the Bear Creek Invitational tourney notching 35 kills and 10 aces in five matches.
DERIENNE BLACK, SPARKMAN: Finished the week with 59 blocks and 28 kills in seven matches.
TEMPERANCE CHATMAN, JASPER: Helped Jasper (19-0) win seven matches en route to winning the Calera Block Party tourney by serving 24 aces and handed out 51 assists.
REILLY VOUGHT, SPANISH FORT: Recorded 165 assists last week – pushing her career total to more than 2,000, to lead the Toros to a 7-1 record.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 103 assists and 58 digs in eight matches, including 33 assists, 11 digs, nine kills and six aces in a win over UMS-Wright.
KODEE PHILLIPS, McADORY: Had 99 assists and 16 aces as McAdory went 6-3 on the week and reached the finals of the Calera Block Party tournament.
LAURA ANNE HUGHES, CEDAR BLUFF: Notched 77 assists to lead the Tigers to a 4-2 record for the week.
AUTUMN BRAGWELL, BELGREEN: Had 68 assists and nine service aces in six matches.
LIBBY GRACE GANN, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Recorded 48 assists in a win over James Clemens.
ASHLEY MOCK, CHELSEA: Passed out 39 assists and had 37 digs to help Chelsea go 4-2 and finish second in the Hornets’ own invitational tourney.
ASHLEIGH REEVES, RAMSAY: Had 55 assists, 30 digs and 10 aces to lead Ramsay to the Silver Division championship of Hartselle’s Eddie Prueitt Invitational.
MACKENKZIE DAVIS, ATHENS BIBLE: Sparked her team to a 4-1 record and the championship of the Silver Division at the Donoho Tournament of Championships with 67 assists and 24 kills.
ALEXIS RENFROE, SOUTHEASTERN: Posted 164 digs in seven matches to lead Southeastern to second place in the Silver Division of the Donoho Tournament of Champions.
ALEXIS SNOW, DANVILLE: Had 107 digs for Danville on the week.
ERICA SCHILLING, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 65 digs in seven matches as McGill went 5-2.
MADALYNN OWEN, PRICEVILLE: Had 93 digs to lead the Bulldogs to a 5-2 record and a runner-up finish in a tourney at Loretto (TN).
MONTGOMERY – Junior setter Lillie Fromdahl had 123 assists last week as McGill-Toolen Catholic High School reeled off 10 straight match wins to headline this week’s AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight. The Dirty Dozen, coached by Kate Wood, is off to a strong start at 16-1 on the year.
McGill-Toolen opened the week with regular-season wins over Pope John Paul II of Slidell, LA, and Class 6A Spanish Fort. The Dirty Dozen then reeled off eight wins in the School Bash Invitational tournament hosted by Fairhope. Wood also got strong net play from hitters Kenya McQuirter abd Reanna Burroughs, who had 53 and 39 kills, respectively, as McGill-Toolen beat Daphne, Mobile Christian, Foley, McAdory, Robertsdale, St. Luke’s Episcopal, host Fairhope finally, Daphne again in the tournament championship match.
Other top performances reported this week:
LAWRENCE COUNTY ROLLS TO 11 WINS: The Lady Red Devils (15-2) went 11-1 last week and won the Large School division of the Muscle Shoals First Metro Tourney. Coach Robyn Hutto’s team beat Saint James in the finals. Lauren Mayes had 112 kills and 43 blocks for the week. Laekyn Bennett also had an astounding 332 assists. Lawrence County beat Haleyville, Deshler twice, Russellville, Ardmore, Central-Florence, Cullman, Pope John Paul II, Wilson and St. James twice in the tournament. Carson Ann Crow led Saint James in the tourney with 79 kills, 57 digs and 11 blocks as the Lady Trojans (11-5) went 8-2 l to reach the finals.
Saint James also beat Auburn, Providence Christian and Alabama Christian in regular-season matches.
LEXINGTON CAPTURES SMALL-SCHOOL DIVISION: The Class 3A Bears (13-2) won the Lower Division of Muscle Shoals’ First Metro Tournament, downing defending Class 1A state champion Addison in the finals. Lexington, led by Kinsley Hanback and Hannah Underwood, didn’t lose a set in the best-of-three play with wins over Hatton, Winston County and Decatur Heritage in pool play, followed by victories over East Lawrence, Decatur Heritage and Addison in championship play. Hanback had 72 kills and 14 blocks in the tourney and Underwood had 67 kills and 17 aces. Addison (12-2) went 7-1 for the week and reached the tourney finals with Abby Chambless notching 45 kills and 23 digs. Kendra Tyree also had 39 digs and 12 aces for the Bulldogs.
BOB JONES SECOND IN HUNTSVILLE IRONMAN TOURNEY: Bob Jones reached the tournament finals before falling 2-1 to Blessed Trinity of Roswell, GA, to finish runner-up. The Lady Patriots went 9-1 for the week with wins over ASWA top-10 teams James Clemens and Spain Park in a tri-match.
Setter Aija Abele had 186 assists, 37 digs and 14 aces in the Ironman tourney. Teammate Alana Cox had 81 kills and 16 blocks. Emma Jarrett and Juanita Monerio-Pai had 57 and 56 kills, respectively, for the Patriots (12-3).
GANN HAS 160 ASSISTS FOR MOUNTAIN BROOK: Senior setter Libby Grace Gann handed out 160 assists in seven Ironman tournament games and one regular-season match as the defending Class 7A state champion Lady Spartans went 4-4 for the week. Grace Carr responded with 64 kills.
BUTLER, PORTER LEAD HAZEL GREEN: The defending Class 6A state champs (12-6) were 9-3 on the week with a strong showing in the Ironman Tourney going 5-3. Hitters Gracie Lee Butler and Tierra Porter led The Trojans. Butler had 47 kills and 11 blocks in the tourney and Porter had 43 kills and 43 blocks. Setter Catherine Smith issued 130 assists and had 39 digs.
CARBON HILL NOTCHES 4 WINS IN TENNESSEE: The Lady Bulldogs (12-2) went 6-2 on the week, including going 4-2 in the Rocky Top Classic at Gatlinburg, TN. Alyssa Dutton had 57 kills, 12 blocks and nine aces and teammate Molly Kate Atkins registered 146 assists and 42 digs.
ISABELLA WINS MUSTANG INVITATIONAL: Synia Chattman had 36 kills and 19 blocks and Kasey Grimes registered 57 assists as Isabella (12-0) remained unbeaten and won its own invitational tourney. Isabella beat LAMP in the finals.
TRINITY CLAIMS PARTY ON THE PLAINS TITLE: The Wildcats (11-3) went 6-1 in the tournament hosted by Auburn High School with a win over Tuscaloosa County in the finals. Lucy Williams had 31 kills and 10 service aces and Drue Walker had 104 digs. Mary Emily Taylor handed out 83 assists and also had 13 aces. Tuscaloosa County (107) was 4-2 in the tourney with Zoe Lollar recording 27 kills to lead the Wildcats.
PELHAM’S LONG HAS 18 KILLS: Emorie Long led Pelham (9-2) to regular-season wins over John Carroll Catholic and Ramsay. She had 18 kills in three matches, including a loss versus Jasper. Setter Georgia Stonicher also had 64 assists and 11 kills.
SCOTTSBORO’S KRITNER GETS FIRST WIN: The Lady Wildcats (2-1) beat Lee-Huntsville 2-0 in the season opener to give new coach Patrick Kritner his first coaching win at Scottsboro. Abby Jones had 15 kills and 14 blocks in three matches to pace the Wildcats.
MONTGOMERY – Class 1A defending state champion Addison (5-1) won the West Morgan Tournament of Champions volleyball tournament Saturday to headline this week’s AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight.
Abbie Chambless, who was named MVP of the 2016 Class 1A state tournament, had 44 kills, 16 blocks and seven aces to lead the Lady Bulldogs to wins over Lexington, Good Hope, Lee-Huntsville, Deshler and Danville. Class 6A Florence was the only team to beat Addison during the tourney.
Coach Kayla Woodard’s team also got strong performances from Kendra Tyree, Savannah Manley and Cecilee Gaither. Tyree had 57 digs and 14 aces, Manley had 35 kills, 10 blocks and four aces and Gaither, the setter, 44 digs, 13 aces and 76 assists.
Addison has won nine state titles in the Winston County school’s storied volleyball history.
The first week’s action was highlighted by a number of tournaments including the 35th annual Juanita Boddie Invitational at Hoover and the Mayor’s Cup Invitational at Montgomery.
Highlights reported include:
LEXINGTON’S HAMMOND NOTCHES 900TH WIN: The Lexington Bears beat Central-Florence in the first match of the West Morgan Tournament of Champions invitational tourney Saturday to give head coach Melissa Hammond her 900th career win. The Bears finished 5-2 in the tourney with Kinsley Hanback recording 72 kills and 20 blocks for the tourney.
McGILL-TOOLEN REACHES SEMIS OF JUANITA BODDIE TOURNEY: The AHSAA’s oldest season-opening tourney was dominated by out-of-state teams with Class 7A McGill-Toolen Catholic the only in-state team to reach the semifinals. The Dirty Dozen fell in the semis to eventual champion Etowah (GA). Briarcrest Christian (TN) and Blessed Trinity (GA) were the other semifinal teams. Kenya McQuirter led McGill-Toolen with 56 kills and nine blocks in the 35th annual tourney while setter Lillie Fromdahl had 154 assists
Among other top performances from the Boddie Tourney: Alana Cox, Bob Jones: had 42 kills and 10 blocks in five matches as the Lady Patriots finished 3-2; Paige Shaw, Hoover: recorded 50 kills, 23 digs and 12 service aces as the Bucs finished 4-1; Alex Presnell, Buckhorn: had 105 digs as Buckhorn finished 5-3 to claim second place in the Silver Division; Mallory Odom, Baker: recorded 40 kills, 63 assists, 30 digs and eight aces in five Boddie Tourney matches for the Hornets; Myah Magwood, Hazel Green: helped the defending 6A state champs go 3-3 in the Boddie with 19 blocks and 11 kills. Teammate Catherine Smith also had 69 assists.
THOMPSON CLAIMS BRIARWOOD SERVE-OFF TITLE: The Class 7A Lady Warriors
(5-0) downed Lawrence County in the finals after rolling through the preliminary matches with straight-set wins over Geraldine, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Clay-Chalkville and Boaz. Ramsay went 4-1 to win the Silver bracket with a win over Homewood in the finals. Kaitlan Stone had 30 assists and 10 service aces and Kaylyn Howard managed 33 kills, 25 digs and 10 aces. Lauren Mayes had 39 kills and 19 blocks in the tourney for Lawrence County (4-1), and Laekyn Bennett had 74 assists. Geraldine, which went 6-1, was led by Karlee Hale, who finished with 43 kills and 15 blocks and 23 digs.
MONTGOMERY ACADEMY WINS MAYOR’S CUP TOURNEY, MONTGOMERY: Coach Julie Sinclair’s Eagles beat Class 3A rival Providence Christian in the finals, 25-14, 13-25, 21-19. MA beat Enterprise in the semifinals and PCA beat Pelham. Pacing Providence Christian was Kayla Champion, who had 155 assists, 25 digs and eight aces in the eight matches played. Autumn Mayes had 81 kills, 45 digs, nine aces and three blocks and Jordan Hollis had 46 kills, 12 blocks, four aces and six digs to lead Providence (6-2). Enterprise went 6-1 with Mikaela Grubb notching 41 kills, 40 digs and 12 blocks and Ali Wiggins registering 30 kills, 12 blocks and 44 assists. Emorie Long led Pelham (5-1) with 53 kills and 13 blocks and teammate Georgia Stonicher registered 176 assists. No individual leaders were available for Montgomery Academy.
JASPER WINS ALBERTVILLE INVITATIONAL: Jasper went 5-0, including beating Springville in the semifinals and host Albertville in the finals, to claim the tourney title. Alex Oliver and McKinley Ferguson had 23 and 21 kills, respectively, for the Vikings. Chelsea (6-1) won the Silver Bracket division as Ashley Mock recorded 70 assists, 43 digs and 23 kills and teammate Jules Hamer had 53 kills, 13 blocks and 18 aces.
ARAB CAPTURES HAYDEN INVITATIONAL: The Lady Knights wet 5-0 to claim the title with Lexi Pace leading the way with 40 kills and 21 service aces. Lauren Watson also had 34 kills and Allie Isom passed out 64 assists.
CARBON HILL CLAIMS 12TH ANNUAL BULLDOG INVITATIONAL: The host Bulldogs went 6-0 beating Meek in the finals 2-0 with Allyssa Dutton totaling 55 kills, 20 aces, 17 digs and six blocks. Setter Molly Kate Atkins had 132 assists.
ST. LUKE’S CAPTURES MARY MONTGOMERY TOURNEY: Lauren Bailey had 53 assists, Jada Carney had 46 kills and Kellan Hensley had 101 digs as St. Luke’s went 5-0 to win the Mary Montgomery Invitational.
ISABELLA WINS LINCOLN TOURNEY: The Lady Mustangs beat Sand Rock, Ragland and Lincoln in pool play, then downed St. Clair County in the quarterfinals, Cherokee County in the semifinals and Sand Rock in the championship match. Leading Sand Rock was Erin Langley with 119 assists, 41 digs and 12 aces, and August Gilliland, who had 49 kills.
Pleasant Valley also beat host Saks in the finals to claim the title of the Saks Invitational at Anniston.
MONTGOMERY – The North All-Stars needed only 65 minutes to post a 3-0 win over the South Thursday afternoon in the AHSAA North-South girls’ volleyball match held at Auburn-Montgomery’s Basketball Complex.
The volleyball match and the 58th annual North-South football all-star game Thursday closes out the 2017 All-Star Sports Week competition for the 21st annual Summer Conference. The football game was still underway Thursday night at Cramton Bowl.
The Summer Conference concludes Friday for member schools with special mandatory sessions for member school principals, athletic directors and administrators. It will also feature two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon which recognizes 107 high schools that were fine and ejection free during the 2016-17 school year, and the Coaches’ Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Both banquets will be at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center. A highlight of the Awards fete will be the presentation of the Making A Difference Award to seven individuals, one coach or administrator from each of the AHSAA’s seven classifications. The individuals were selected for the positive impact they have made in their schools and communities.
Two student-athletes, Pelham’s Hasaan Hawthorne and Opelika’s RaKavius Chambers, will also be recognized for capturing the NFHS Section 3 “Sprit of Sport” and ”Heart of the Arts” awards. They were selected from a field that included the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The AHSAA Officials luncheon, which is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Renaissance, will close out the week officially. The Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week has been hosted annually since 1997 by the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
NORTH GIRLS 3, SOUTH GIRLS 0: Mountain Brook’s Libby Gann had 30 assists, four kills and seven digs to lead the North to the 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 win. The victory improved the North’s record in the series to 14-6. For her efforts, Gann was named North MVP.
Karlee Hale of Geraldine and Tierra Porter of Hazel Green had 9 and 8 kills, respectively, on the front line for the North, coached by Coco Tate-Hughes of Hazel Green and Whitney Welch of Alexandria. Gann also had a team-high three service aces, and Alexis Snow of Danville had 12 digs. Maci Battle of Hazel Green also added nine digs.
The South, coached by Bridgett Brantley of Opp and Neysa Hernandez of Prattville, was led by South MVP Spanish Fort’s Reilly Vought. She had 14 assists, three kills and six digs. Brantley Rhodes of Bayside Academy had nine kills and four digs, and Caroline Kirkham of Montgomery Academy had five kills.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD: Seven individuals will be recognized in the Making A Difference Award Class of 2017: Winterboro football coach Alan Beckett (1A); Dale County Schools recently retired associate superintendent Lamar Brooks (2A); Ohatchee principal Bobby Tittle (3A); Bibb County athletic director Charles McCaleb (4A); Lawrence County head football coach Richard Dutton (5A); Chelsea athletic director Janeice Calhoun (6A); and Buckhorn softball coach Alvin Rauls (7A).
The award, now in its seventh year, was first presented in 2011.
ALABAMA MEDIA GROUP TO PRESENT SEVEN GRANTS: Russellville High School head baseball coach Chris Heaps will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon. A total of 107 high schools, up from 75 the previous year, will be recognized as fine and ejection free for 2016-17. Alabama Media Group has selected eight of the schools, one from each district, to receive a $1,000 al.com sportsmanship grant. The schools are: Blount (District 1); Red Level (District 2); Linden (District 3); Holtville (District 4); Pleasant Grove (District 5); Ranburne (District 6); Hubbertville (District 7); and West Point (District 8).
The $8,000 distributed this year brings the total to $80,000 since 2008 distributed by Alabama Media Group in support of the AHSAA member schools’ commitment to good sportsmanship.
HAWTHORNE, CHAMBERS EXCEL IN AHSAA: Hasaan Hawthorne, a wrestler at Pelham High School, was selected as the 2017 Section 3 recipient of the “National High School “Spirit of Sport Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He was one of eight student-athletes to earn the prestigious section award and finished third in the overall balloting nationally.
The National High School Spirit of Sport Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics.
Hawthorne displayed amazing grit and determination rising from a 12-22 start as a seventh grader to finish undefeated at 38-0 and earning MVP honors in Class 6A as a senior while winning the Class 6A state 145-pound state title. While Hawthorne’s accomplishments would be remarkable under any circumstances, they move into the realm of being truly extraordinary when one considers the fact that he had both legs amputated at the knee at age four months. His inspirational example of courage and tenacity was documented by ESPN Sports and earned him Class 6A Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award recipient in 2016.
He now wrestles for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
RaKavius Chambers of Opelika High School was selected as the 2017 Section 3 recipient of the “National High School “Heart of the Arts” Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). He was one of eight student-athletes to earn the prestigious section award and finished second in the overall balloting nationally.
The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify how the arts and athletics represent the core mission of education-based athletics.
He received the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award for his balance between his love for sports and the arts. A leader in all aspects of his life, he helped OHS capture first place in the state high school theatrical competition at Florence – playing the lead role of “God” in the play “Children of Eden.” He was also a member of the OHS Show Choir and Symphonic Band. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman helped the Opelika football team reach the Super 7 Class 6A state finals in 2016 earning All-America and All-State honors while also being named team captain. The Duke University football signee graduated with a 4.33 grade-point average, scored a 32 on his ACT test and ranked second in his graduating class of 248.
Chambers was also named the recipient of the Bryant-Jordan Foundation’s Larry D. Striplin, Jr., AHSAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The program, named in honor of the late coaches Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama and Ralph "Shug" Jordan of Auburn, recognized 52 regional scholar-athlete winners selected for their excellence in athletics and academics and 52 achievement winners chosen for their ability to overcome major obstacles during their high school athletic careers.
Chambers, who plans to study medicine at Duke University with his goal of becoming a cardiac surgeon, also was the recipient of the Watkins Award, which is awarded annually to the top Afro-American high school student-athlete in the U.S. as selected by the national committee.
NFHS NETWORK: The NFHS Network started a special live-stream series July 19 entitled “30 Plays in 30 Days” over the NFHS Network featuring a top highlight from around the country each day beginning July 19. AHSAA member schools are being featured throughout the 30 days – including the first segment on Wednesday, August 4, August 6, August 13, August 14, and August 17. The schools featured include Briarwood Christian, Blount, Prattville, Gadsden City, Madison Academy and Russellville.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE APP: The week’s festivities can be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: https://admin.mycaboodleevents.com/event/detail/79/ahsaa-2017-ahsaa-summer-conference