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Class 1A VB State Championship

Meek 3, Donoho 1
 
  Meek High School won a grueling 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23 battle over Donoho Thursday night at Bill Harris Arena to win the Class 1A state volleyball championship – the school’s first state title ever.
    All seven state finals were played at Bill Harris Arena Thursday as the 45th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships closed out its final day of competition.
    Coach Tara Branstetter’s Lady Tigers (40-13) controlled the nets for 60 kills and limited Donoho to just 38. Morgan Hudson, named the Class 1A state tourney MVP, had 19 kills, three blocks, three service aces and 12 digs to lead Meek. Sevanna Burks added 16 kills and Amanda Cunningham had 15. Setter Jayden Waldrep had 43 assists.
    Madison Gaines led Donoho (46-9), coached by Janice Slay, with 18 kills.  Kayla Wallace added 11 kills and 23 digs. Setter Katie Brown had 36 assists and two service aces, and Camryn Swain had 17 digs.
    
Class 1A All-Tournament Team
Morgan Hudson, Meek (MVP); Sevanna Banks, Meek; Amanda Cunningham, Meek; Jayden Waldrep, Meek; Katie Brown, Donoho; Madison Gaines, Donoho; Kayla Wallace, Donoho.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (19-20) 3, Lawrence County (61-9) 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13)
Class 1A Finals
Meek (40-13) 3, Donoho (46-9) 1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23)
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.

Class 5A State VB Championship

Randolph 3, Lawrence County 1
 
  Randolph High School of Huntsville rallied from a 1-0 deficit Thursday afternoon to beat Lawrence County 3-1 to claim the school’s first AHSAA state volleyball championship since 1985.
    Coach Mindy Spalding’s Raiders (19-20) won 21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13 at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena in the finals to capture the school’s first Class 5A state championship. Randolph won the 1A state title in ’84 – 30 years ago.  Spalding, in her first season as head coach after spending a year as the assistant, saw her team save its best for last as Randolph reeled off seven wins in eight post-season matches.
     Class 5A MVP Victoria Fennell had 25 kills to lead Randolph in the championship match. She also had eight digs and two service aces.  Libby Gold had eight kills, three aces and eight digs, and Julia Shoemake had seven kills and 11 digs. Setter June Harriman had 41 assists.
    Lawrence County (61-9), coached by Robyn Hutto, was paced by senior Rachel Childress’s 13 kills, 14 assists and 13 digs. Ali Grace Shelton also had 14 assists and Tori Smith added six kills. The Red Devils had played Randolph twice before this season and won 2-0 in a regular-season tournament and 3-0 in last week’s North Super Regional tourney.
    Finals for Classes 2A and 1A will conclude the 45th   AHSAA State Championships today. All finals matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Subscriber information can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Class 5A All-Tournament Team
Victoria Fennell, Randolph (MVP); Libby Gold, Randolph; Julia Shoemake, Randolph; June Harriman, Randolph; Rachael Childers, Lawrence County; Tori Smith, Lawrence County; Jaylyn Feldes, Springville.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (19-20) 3, Lawrence County (61-9) 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13)
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.

Class 4A Volleyball State Championship

Brooks 3, Saint James 1
 
   Brooks High School captured the first state volleyball championship in school history Thursday afternoon with a 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19 victory over Saint James of Montgomery. The Lions (44-10), coached by Ryan Roberson, totaled 64 kills in the match played at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena.
    Erin Jewell led Brooks with 24 kills and 13 digs and was named Class 4A state tournament MVP. Lauren Williams added 15 kills and Kaitlyn Belue had 11. Halee Thomas had a game-high 31 digs and setter Madison Tidwell had 54 assists. Tidwell also had three service aces.
    Leading the Karen Lee’s Trojans (32-9) were Hannah Dailey and Clayton Waring with 10 kills each.
    Emily Poundstone had 26 assists and Lindsey Sampson had 21 digs.
    Finals for Classes 5A, 2A and 1A will conclude the 45th   AHSAA State Championships today. All finals matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Subscriber information can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Class 4A All-Tournament Team
Erin Jewell, Brooks (MVP); Lauren Williams, Brooks; Halee Thomas, Brooks; Kaitlyn Belue, Brooks; Hannah Dailey, Saint James; Carson Ann Crow, Saint James; Aniyah Robinson, Jacksonville.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (18-20) vs. Lawrence County (60-8), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.



Class 6A State Volleyball Championship

Spanish Fort 3, John Carroll Catholic 2
 
   Spanish Fort High School downed defending Class 6A state champion John Carroll Catholic  3-2 Thursday afternoon at Bill Harris Arena to capture the school’s first state volleyball championship. The Toros (55-5), coached by Gretchen Boykin, won the match 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11 to finish the season with a school record 55 wins.
     The two teams met in the South Super Regional finals with that match going five sets as well.
    Carley Hamric, the Class 6A State Tournament MVP, had 21 kills, one block and eight block assists for Spanish Fort. Maegan Parrillo added 11 kills, Elise Polio and Anna Claire Whaley, 10 each, as the Toros finished with 57 kills. Taylor Fontenelle had 23 digs, Reilly Vought had 25 assists and Briana Rider had 21. 
     John Carroll (34-10), coached by Ginny McMillan, recorded 64 kills with Kelsi Hobbs notching a game-high 23. Morgan Adamson added 13 and Mary Hart 10. Adamson also had 22 digs, and Kaylee Gilchrist had 27. Anna Runyan had 30 assists.
    
Finals for Classes 5A, 4A, 2A and 1A will  conclude the 45th AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament today. All Matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
Class 6A All-Tournament Team

Carley Hamric, Spanish Fort (MVP); Maegan Parrillo, Spanish Fort; Anna Claire Whaley, Spanish Fort; Morgan Adamson, John Carroll; Kelsi Hobbs, John Carroll; Mary Hart, John Carroll; Bailey Powell, Hartselle.

Class 7A VB State Championship

Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 0
 
   Mountain Brook High School overcame deficits in each of the first two sets to win close and swept McGill-Toolen 27-25, 25-23, 25-16 to claim the Lady Spartans’ second straight Class 7A state volleyball championship Thursday.  All championship matches are being played at Birmingham’s 5,500-seat Bill Harris Arena for the first time. All finals are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
     Playing before a large crowd at Bill Harris Arena, Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team rallied to sneak past Coach Kate Adams’ Dirty Dozen (49-8).  Senior Sara Carr, who earned MVP honors for the second year, was powerful up front. She registered 13 kills, 12 digs and two service aces to lead Mountain Brook (57-6). Emmy Kilgore and Caroline Davies added nine kills each in the heavyweight match that totaled 78 kills for both teams. The Spartans had 44 and McGill-Toolen 34.
    Sara Mitchell had 39 assists, Lacey Jeffcoat had 16 digs and Selman added 14.
    McGill-Toolen’s Elizabeth Burnett had 11 kills, Kirsten Carter had eight, Sofia Bruno had 20 digs, and Elizabeth Murphy had 26 assists.
   Class 7A All-Tournament Team
Sara Carr, Mountain Brook (MVP); Payton Selman, Mountain Brook; Emmy Kilgore, Mountain Brook; Sara Mitchell, Mountain Brook; Elizabeth Murphy, McGill-Toolen; Elizabeth Burnett, McGill-Toolen; Aubrie Huddleston, Grissom.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (54-5) vs. John Carroll Catholic (34-9), noon
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (43-10) vs. Saint James (32-8), 2 p.m.
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (18-20) vs. Lawrence County (60-8), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.


Class 3A Volleyball State Championship

Bayside Academy 3, Madison  Academy 0
 
     Bayside Academy used a strong inside lineup to beat Madison Academy 25-19, 25-16, 25-18 to capture its 14th straight AHSAA state volleyball championship Thursday morning at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena.
     Coach Ann Schilling’s Lady Admirals (40-7) recorded 39 kills with Ariel Dulaney leading with 15 and Lauren Chastang adding 11. Chastang  also had eight digs to earn MVP honors for the second year in a row.
    Madison Academy (35-22), coached by Wendy Rucker, was led by Olivia Knott’s six kills. Sydney Chandler and Emma Wade had eight assists each.
    Bayside, which  now owns a state-record 24 state titles, also got 15 digs from Julia Martin and 30 assists from Ansleigh Dailey.
Class 3A All-Tournament Team

Laura Chastang, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ariel Dulaney, Bayside Academy; Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Julila Martin, Bayside Academy; Olivia Knott, Madison Academy; Abby Brooks, Madison Academy; Annie Homan, West Morgan.

 

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-7) vs. Mountain Brook (56-6), 10 a.m.
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (54-5) vs. John Carroll Catholic (34-9), noon
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (43-10) vs. Saint James (32-8), 2 p.m.
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (18-20) vs. Lawrence County (60-8), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.

 

Six Defending State Champions in Field as AHSAA’s 45th State Volleyball Championships Get Underway

       The 45th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Volleyball Championships commences Wednesday morning at the 4,000-seat Birmingham CrossPlex with 56 schools competing for seven individual classification state championships.
       An AHSAA volleyball attendance record was set last season as the schools competed in seven classifications for the first time.
        Six defending state champions are in the field in 2015 which culminates with all seven classification state finals being played for the first time in the adjoining Bill Harris 5,500-seat Arena on Thursday.  Mountain Brook (54-6) is back to defend its title in 7A, John Carroll Catholic (32-9) in 6A, St. Paul’s Episcopal (23-21) in 5A, Danville (34-27) in 4A, Bayside Academy (37-7) in 3A and Addison (49-13) in 2A. Only Athens Bible, the 2014 Class 1A state champion, failed to make this year’s field.
      Bayside, coached by Ann Schilling, will be going for its 14th straight state title – already holding the AHSAA state record at 13.
      The AHSAA hosted its first state tournament in 1971 with only one division. Bradshaw of Florence won the first titles before McGill-Toolen won the first of 19 in 1974.
    Competition in the single-elimination tournament gets underway at 8 a.m. on Wednesday with 1A, 2A and 5A with the earliest matches. All classes are playing through semifinal action Wednesday with semifinals slated for 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., depending on the class.
        All finals will be Thursday.
       The championship matches will be live-streamed for the second year in a row by the NFHS Network Thursday via its subscriber program. To sign up, viewers can go to http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/ahsaa and follow the prompts. The semifinals will not be live-streamed Wednesday by the NFHS Network, but three schools will be live-streaming quarterfinal and semifinal matches for their selected schools through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. The three are Albertville in 6A, Randolph in 5A and Jacksonville in 4A. Those matches may be accessed through the NFHS Network subscriber program as well.
    The AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament made history in 2013 by becoming the first event live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
    Tickets may be purchased on line by clicking on the PrepTix logo at www.ahsaa.com.
     The schedule is listed below.  
     
45th AHSAA State Volleyball Championships
At Birmingham CrossPlex (Oct. 28-29)
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST-ROUND PAIRINGS
Class 1A
Brilliant (16-15)  vs. Isabella (29-7), 9:30 a.m.
Kinston (12-12)  vs. Meek (37-13), 9:30 a.m.
Decatur Heritage (39-11)  vs. Pleasant Home (30-8), 11 a.m.
Fruitdale (16-4)  vs. Donoho (44-8), 11 a.m.
Class 2A
Mars Hill Bible (12-23) vs. Providence Christian (49-5), 11 a.m.
Goshen (37-11)  vs. Falkville (37-14), 11 a.m.
Ider (28-10)  vs. St. Luke’s Episcopal (35-17), 12:30 p.m.
New Brockton (17-13)  vs. Addison (49-13), 12:30 p.m.
Class 3A
Geraldine (34-19)  vs. Bayside Academy (37-7), 8 a.m.
Cottage Hill Christian (22-18)  vs. West Morgan (52-17), 8 a.m.
Lexington (44-7)  vs. Indian Springs (31-3), 9:30 a.m.
T.R. Miller (23-4)  vs. Madison Academy (33-21) , 9:30, a.m.
Class 4A
Saks (47-9)  vs. Saint James (30-8), 8 a.m.
UMS-Wright (26-12) vs. Danville (34-27), 8 a.m.
Jacksonville (29-12)  vs. Trinity Presbyterian (23-16), 9:30 a.m.
Satsuma (15-16)  vs. Brooks (41-10), 9:30 a.m.
Class 5A
Springville (49-9)  vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal  (23-21), 2 p.m.
Faith Academy (21-20) vs. Randolph (17-20), 2 p.m.
Guntersville (42-25) vs. Helena (26-12), 3:30 p.m.
Calera (13-17)  vs. Lawrence County (59-8), 3:30 p.m.
Class 6A
Albertville (40-20)   vs. Spanish Fort (52-5), 8 a.m.
Pelham (26-29)   vs. Arab (49-3) , 8 a.m.
Walker (42-14) vs. John Carroll Catholic (32-9), 11 a.m.
Daphne (30-20) vs. Hartselle (62-13), 11 a.m.
Class 7A
Hoover (34-6)  vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic (47-7), 2 p.m.
Murphy (38-16) vs. Grissom (36-17), 2 p.m.
Mountain Brook (54-6)  vs. Enterprise (33-11), 3:30 p.m.
Prattville (24-17)   vs. Huntsville (33-15), 3:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY’S SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS
Class 3A-G5        3:30 p.m.
Class 3A-G6        3:30 p.m.
Class 4A-G5        3:30 p.m.
Class 4A-G6        3:30 p.m.
Class 6A-G5        3:30 p.m.
Class 6A-G6        3:30 p.m.
Class 1A-G5        5:30 p.m.
Class 1A-G6        5:30 p.m.
Class 2A-G5        5:30 p.m.
Class 2A-G6        5:30 p.m.
Class 7A-G5        5:30 p.m.
Class 7A-G6        5:30 p.m.
Class 5A-G5        7:30 p.m.
Class 5A-G-6       7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS
Class 3A Finals 8 a.m.
Class 7A Finals 10 a.m.
Class 6A Finals Noon
Class 4A Finals 2 p.m.
Class 5A Finals 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals 8 p.m.


Class 4A State Volleyball Championship

Danville 2, Jacksonville 1

     Danville closed out the 2014 AHSAA State Volleyball Championships Thursday night by winning its first state championship with a 25-16, 25-18, 17-25, 25-17 triumph over defending champion Jacksonville in the Class 4A finals at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
     Coach Spencer Cole’s Hawks (51-11) jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then closed out with a strong fourth-set finish to notch the title.  Tournament MVP Sydni Shelton had 18 kills and 19 digs to lead her team.  Kellee Styles also had 18 kills and 13 digs.  Setter Charlee Anderson had 46 assists and 10 digs.
     Leading Coach David Clark’s Golden Eagles (40-10) were paced by Blessing Dunn’s 26 kills and 21 digs. Darrien Martin also had eight kills and 16 digs and Ashley Clingan had 33 assists.
Class 4A All-Tournament Team
Sydni Shelton, Danville (MVP);  Kellee Stiles, Danville; Charlee Anderson, Danville; Blessing Dunn, Jacksonville; Sierra Stone, Jacksonville; Zori Foster, St. James; Julia Burton, Deshler.


Class 3A State Volleyball Championship

Bayside Academy 3, Madison  Academy 2
 
     Bayside Academy captured its 13th straight AHSAA state volleyball championship Thursday night, but not without plenty of drama.
      Madison Academy battled the Lady Admirals point-for-point all match and was serving in the fifth set for the winning point at 15-14. Bayside survived that challenge, then settled the marathon Class 3A championship by winning the final two points to take a 15-25, 25-14, 25-23, 21-25, 17-15 victory to keep the state championship streak alive for yet another year.
      Bayside (44-9) has now won a state-record 23 state titles. Coach Ann Schilling’s team needed their full arsenal to nip Coach Wendy Tucker’s Mustangs (50-12).  Lauren Chastang, the tourney MVP, had 22 kills and 13 digs on the night for the Admirals. Ariel Dulaney added 19 kills and 13 digs and Brantley Rogers had 13 kills.  Setter Ansleigh Dailey dished out 52 assists.
     Taylor Gill had a phenomenal performance for the Mustangs with a 2014 state-tournament high 34 kills. Addison Rucker, daughter of the head coach, had 20 assists and Lauren Milar had 18. Gill also had 14 digs, Rucker had 13 and Haley Palmer, 23.
Class 3A All-Tournament Team
Lauren Chastang, Bayside Academy (MVP); Ariel Dulaney, Bayside Academy; Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Taylor Gill, Madison Academy; Lauren Milar, Madison Academy; Jillian Tinglin, Montgomery Academy; Annie Homan, West Morgan.

Class 1A State Volleyball Championship

Athens Bible 3, Meek 1
     Athens Bible fought off stubborn Meek in the Class 1A state volleyball finals Thursday to win the school’s third state championship and first since 2009 when new head coach Elizabeth Anne Shaver was still a player for the Lady Trojans.
    Shaver, 21, saw her team claw out a 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22 win over the Tigers (28-22) to take the title. In the process she may have become the youngest head coach in AHSAA history to win a state volleyball title.
     Kara Ward led Athens Bible (32-17) with 19 kills, 28 digs and two blocks.  Emma Jarrett added 11 kills, Loren Gilliam had seven kills, 35 assists and 15 digs, and Lyndsey Sherrod had 23 digs.  Holly Persell also had eight kills.
    Meek, coached by young Tara Branstetter, 23, got strong showings from Morgan Hudson and Jordan Waldrep, who recorded 19 and 18 kills each. Jayden Waldrep had 40 assists.
    Class 1A All-Tournament Team
Kara Wood, Athens Bible (MVP); Emma Jarrett, Athens Bible; Holly Persell, Athens Bible; Jordan Waldrep, Meek; Morgan Hudson, Meek; Kayla Grimes, Decatur Heritage; Maddie Vinton, Decatur Heritage.