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Class 1A State Championship

Addison 3, Decatur Heritage 2
    
Addison and Decatur Heritage squared off in the Class 1A state championship match Thursday night in the final contest of the 46th AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament and saved their best for last.
    The Bulldogs(43-19) scraped out as 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 20-25, 15-6 victory over the Eagles (46-11) to claim their ninth volleyball title in school history – and also notched fourth title in a row. Coach Kayla Woodard’s team won the 2A title last year before moving to Class 1A this season.
      Abbie Chambless had 20 kills and 35 digs in the finals to earn Class 1A state tournament MVP honors for the Bulldogs. Allie Chambless had 13 kills, Savannah Manley had 11 and MaKenzie Berry 10 as Addison totaled 59 in the grueling five-setter.   Cecilee Gaither had 39 assists and 19 digs, and Maison Evans had 31 digs. Manley and Evans also had three service aces each.
     Leading Coach Kelly Garland’s Eagles was middle hitter Kayla Grimes. The 6-foot-1 senior had 34 kills. Kaitlyn Cheatham had 42 assists and 20 digs and teammates Maggie Holsclaw and Cassidty Cheatham had 31 and 32 digs, respectively. Decatur Heritage finished the contest with 141 digs.

 Class 1A All-Tourney Team
   
Abbie Chambless, Addison (MVP); Savannah Manley, Addison; Maison Evans, Addison; Allie Chambless, Addison; Kayla Grimes, Decatur Heritage; Hope Gladish, Decatur Heritage; Maggie Holsclaw, Decatur Heritage.   

Class 3A State Championship

Bayside Academy 3, Providence Christian 0
    
Bayside Academy extended its consecutive state volleyball championship streak to 15 Thursday night beating Providence Christian 25-23, 254-13, 25-18 in the finals of the 46th AHSAA State Volleyball Tournament. Coach Ann Schilling’s Admirals (57-7) have now won
the last nine Class 3A state titles (2008-2016) and had six straight Class 2A championships from 2002-2006. Bayside has won a state-record 25 state championships overall dating back to 1981.
     Senior Ariel Dulaney had 14 kills, four service aces and seven digs to lead Bayside in the finals.  Named the MVP of the 3A state tourney, Dulaney also recorded the 1,500th kill of her high school career in the championship match.
     Lauren Chastang, the MVP in 2015, added nine kills and nine digs and setter Ansleigh Dailey had 27 assists.
     Providence Christian (45-9), coached by Bill Oldfield, was paced by senior Hannah Harris’ 16 kills. Ashlyn Byrd had 20 assists and Kennedy Raffle had 10 digs. The Eagles and Admirals met in the South Super Regional finals last week – a match won by Bayside in five grueling sets. Providence Christian, which moved from 2A to 3A this season, won the Class 2A state championship in back-to-back years (2011 and 2012).
    Class 3A All-Tourney Team
   
Ariel Dulaney, Bayside Academy (MVP); Lauren Chastang, Bayside Academy; Ansleigh Dailey, Bayside Academy; Hannah Harris, Providence Christian; Kennedy Raffle, Providence Christian; Jada Terry, West Morgan; Molly Kate Atkins, Carbon Hill.    

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.
    

Class 7A State Championship

Mountain Brook  3, Hoover 1
   
Mountain Brook downed Hoover 25-11, 23-25, 25-12, 25-19 Thursday afternoon at the Birmingham CrossPlex Bill Harris Arena to claim the AHSAA Class 7A state volleyball championship for the third year in a row. The Lady Spartans (44-8) of Coach Haven O’Quinn have won the title all three years since the seven-classification was instituted in 2014.
    Outside hitter Emmy Kilgore, who played a major role in the 2014 and 2015 championship seasons for the Spartans, provided strong senior leadership for the 2016 team to earn 7A state tourney MVP. She had 15 kills, three service aces and 13 digs in an outstanding performance in the final match. Caroline Davies added 10 kills, Lacey Jeffcoat managed 25 digs and setter Libby Grace Gann had 40 assists and 10 digs.
    Hoover (39-15), coached by Chris Camper, was led by senior Kyra Hunter’s 13 kills and four block assists. Grace Harris recorded 27 assists, Nora Webster had eight kills and nine digs and Olivia Portera had 14 digs for the Lady Bucs.
   Finals for Classes 6A, 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 7A All-Tourney Team
   
Emmy Kilgore, Mountain Brook (MVP); Lacey Jeffcoat, Mountain Brook; Caroline Davies, Mountain Brook; Kyra Hunter, Hoover; Nora Webster, Hoover; Sabrina Duncan, Huntsville; Kenya McQuirter, McGill-Toolen.
   

Class 4A State Championship

Madison Academy  3, Saint James 0
   
Madison Academy  downed Saint James 27-25, 25-20, 25-21 in the 46th annual AHSAA Class 4A State Volleyball tournament finals Thursday to clinch the school’s second volleyball championship overall the first since 2004 .
    Coach Mandy Kerce’s Mustangs (45-20), moving up from Class 3A this season, got strong performances from Macy Moore and Abby Brooks, who had 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Brooks, named the Class 4A state tournament MVP, also had 13 digs. Erin Eisenhart recorded 24 digs and Sydney Chandler had 20 assists.
    Saint James (35-11), coached by Karen Lee, forced the first set to go 27-25, and while they battled in each of the final two sets, the Trojans could never quite get the upper hand in what was a well-played match by both teams.  Hannah Dailey had 10 kills, Carson Ann Crow had nine and Lindsey Sampson had 14 digs for the Trojans. Emily Poundstone had 15 assists and Samantha White added 14.
     The Class 4A finals was the third of seven to be played Thursday as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships concludes the 2016 season. All matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
    Class 4A All-Tourney Team
   
Abby Brooks, Madison Academy (MVP); Macy Moore, Madison Academy; Hannah Dailey, Saint James; Carson Ann Crow, Saint James; Mikayla Loins, Danville; Sierra Stone, Jacksonville.   

Class 5A State Championship

St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Alexandria 0
   
The Saints clawed out a 28-26, 25-21, 25-13 win over Alexandria at Bill Harris Arena to capture the Mobile school’s 16th AHSAA state volleyball title since claiming their first in 1976.
    Coach Lisa Marston’s Saints (47-4) limited the Valley Cubs (48-10) kept squeezed out the two-point win in the first set and worked to keep the strong arms of Coach Whitney Welch’s front line from gaining any long stretches of momentum in the final two sets. 
    Class 5A state tourney MVP Parker Canada was a big reason with 13 kills and 11 digs for St. Paul’s. Mary S. Hollingsworth also had 19 digs and Konner Wilks had 15. Lily Myers and Katie Albrecht also had 14 assists each.
    Alexandria’s Taylor Spradley had 11 kills, Gracie Muncher had 27 assists and 10 digs and Kinsley Gregoria had 22 digs.
     The state title for St. Paul’s was its first since 2014 and the first under Marston’s direction.
    The Class 5A finals was the second of seven to be played Thursday as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships concludes the 2016 season. All matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
    Class 5A All-Tourney Team
   
Parker Canada, St. Paul’s Episcopal (MVP); Konner Wilks, St. Paul’s Episcopal; Mary S. Hollingsworth, St. Paul’s Episcopal; Tori Rae Stillwell, Alexandria; Taylor Spradley, Alexandria; Catelynn Howell, Alexandria; Rachel Green, St. John Paul II Catholic.

18 AHSAA Events Slated for NFHS Network Raycom / AHSAA Game of the Week Features James Clemens at Austin

       MONTGOMERY – Raycom Media will televise James Clemens High School at Austin tonight at Decatur’s Shorty Ogle Stadium in the final Raycom / AHSAA regular-season Game of the Week. Raycom will feature a state playoff each of the next four weeks leading up to all seven AHSAA Super 7 state championship games at Auburn Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
     The NFHS Network plans 18 AHSAA events tonight and Friday with one swimming match live-streamed by the Cullman High School School Broadcast Program and 17 football games.
    James Clemens heads into tonight’s game locked in a three-way tie with Bob Jones and Gadsden City for the second playoff slot in Region 8 for the upcoming Class 7A state playoffs. A win over Austin, the Class 6A, Region 8 champion, would clinch the tie breaker and No. 2 qualifier for Coach Wade Waldrop’s team. A loss would give the No. 2 qualifier to Bob Jones. All three 7A, Region 8 teams are in the playoffs, however, behind Region 8 champion Hewitt-Trussville.
    The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream 25 total events including 23 football games Friday – five designated as NFHS Network Alabama Games of the Week.
      Raycom Media’s broadcast team features veteran play-by-play announcer Graham Dunn, color commentator Mike Peacock and sideline reporter Christina Chambers. Raycom will also televise live the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl on Dec. 10. The playoff game to be telecast will be announced each week.
     To find the cable channel serving your area, go to www.pathwaytotheplayoffs.com or go to www.ahsaa.com and click on the Raycom link.

NFHS SLATE INCLUDES 17 FOOTBALL GAMES
   
The NFHS Network announced earlier this week four games designated as NFHS Network “Alabama Games of the Week.” Those include: Class 7A Thompson vs. unbeaten Class 6A Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa tonight; Central-Clay County vs. Handley; Chelsea vs. Calera; and Grayson (GA) vs. Hoover, all on Friday. Hoover’s game will also be featured on ESPN.
    Friday’s slate includes 17 games total.
     Those with NFHS Network subscriptions can tune in to any of these football contests. For more information and instructions on how to subscribe, go to www.ahsaa.com and then click on the NFHS Network icon on the front page of the website or go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.


RARAYCOM / AHSAA GAME OF THE WEEK (check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for cable channel)
JaJames Clemens (6-3) at Austin (7-2), Ogle Stadium, Decatur, 7 p.m.


NFHS NETWORK SCHEDULE OF AHSAA SCHOOL BROADCAST PROGRAM EVENTS (THURSDAY AND FRIDAY Oct. 27-28

Date/Time

Event

Producer

URL

Swimming

Thurs. - 4:30 PM

Cullman Swimming

Cullman HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/cullman-high-school-cullman-al/15c99dac57

Football

Oct 27 - 6:30 PM

Thompson vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/hillcresttuscaloosa-high-school-tuscaloosa-al/ff840befd7

Oct 27 - 6:30 PM

B.C. Rain vs. Saraland

Saraland HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/saraland-high-school-saraland-al/a2532ca0a3

Oct 27 - 7:00 PM

Deshler vs. Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/muscle-shoals-high-school-muscle-shoals-al/2184a9bb54

Oct 28 - 6:45 PM

West Point vs. Lawrence County

Lawrence County HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/lawrence-county-high-school-monticello-al/5a9f3eedf4

Oct 28 - 7:20 PM

Foley vs. Theodore

Foley HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/foley-high-school-foley-al/f2c288add2

Oct 28 - 6:30 PM

New Brockton vs. Sweet Water

Sweet Water HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/sweet-water-high-school-sweet-water-al/955e8092be

Oct 28 - 6:30 PM

Prattville Christian vs. Highland Home

TriCounty Sports

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/tricounty-sports-montgomery-al/6b3246a52d

Oct 28 - 6:30 PM

Central High vs. Handley

Eagle 102.3

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/eagle-1023/28748a540d

Oct 28 - 6:40 PM

Brooks vs. Lauderdale County

Brooks HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/brooks-high-school-killen-al/d38af310f7

Oct 28 - 6:50 PM

Grayson vs. Hoover

Hoover HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/hoover-high-school-hoover-al/d569bcf443

Oct 28 - 6:50 PM

Wilson vs. Randolph

Randolph School

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/randolph-school-huntsville-al/6d86588711

Oct 28 - 7:00 PM

Chelsea vs. Cullman

Cullman HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/cullman-high-school-cullman-al/8e07af6e73

Oct 28 - 7:00 PM

Vestavia Hills vs. Shades Valley

Shades Valley HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/shades-valley-high-school-birmingham-al/ea8b5e2835

Oct 28 - 7:00 PM

Brantley vs. Goshen

Goshen HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/goshen-high-school-goshen-al/27f4da1448

Oct 28 - 7:00 PM

Northview vs. Charles Henderson

Northview HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/northview-high-school-dothan-al/f5c8184991

Oct 28 - 7:00 PM

Russellville vs. Colbert County

Russellville HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/russellville-high-school-russellville-al/14c3a8d518

Oct 28 - 7:00 PM

Guntersville vs. Albertville

Albertville HS SBP

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/albertville-high-school-albertville-al/45e2e8d8c1






Class 2A State Championship

St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Winston County 0
   
The Wildcats faced three set point serves in the first game at Bill Harris Arena Thursday morning to pull out a 28-26  win, then followed that momentum with dominating 25-11, 25-13 sets to beat Winston County 3-0 to capture the Mobile school’s first ever state volleyball championship.
    The Class 2A finals kicked off Championship Thursday as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships got the first of seven finals underway.
    Elizabeth Thompson, a 6-foot senior middle hitter for St. Luke’s (46-14), spearheaded a strong front line attack  with nine kills and five block assists to earn Class 2A state tournament MVP honors.  Natalie Bonner and Jada Carney added 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for Coach Meredith Donald’s Wildcats. Setter Brooke Threlkeld had 21 assists and Kellan Hensley had 21 digs.
    Winston County (28-16), coached by Tiffany Cole, was led by Andrea Jacques’ nine kills and Saige Blanton’s eight.  Macy Green also recorded 17 assists and Jacques added 17 digs.
    Class 2A All-Tourney Team
   
Elizabeth Thompson, St. Luke’s Episcopal (MVP); Kellan Hensley, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Brooke Threlkeld, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Natalie Bonner, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Saige Blanton, Winston County; Andrea Jacques, Winston County; Ashley Sharff, Altamont.

Finals set for 46th AHSAA Volleyball State Championships

  
    BIRMINGHAM – Hoover and Mountain Brook advanced to the 7A state finals as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at the CrossPlex moved into the semifinals Wednesday night.
    Bayside Academy won its semifinal match and moved into the finals for the 15th straight year in Class 3A to face South Super Regional rival Providence Christian.
    Other finals set include: Alexandria and St. Paul’s Episcopal in Class 5A; defending champion Spanish Fort and Hazel Green in 6A; Winston County and St. Luke’s Episcopal in Class 2A; Saint James versus Madison Academy in 4A; Addison and Decatur Heritage in 1A.
     Recaps of the semifinal matches are below:

Class 7A Semifinals
   Hoover 3, Huntsville 0: Coach Chris Camper’s Lady Bucs (39-14) clawed out a tough 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over Huntsville (38-11) at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday afternoon to advance to the AHSAA Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament finals. Hoover will meet two-time defending state champion Mountain Brook in the championship match Thursday at Bill Harris Arena next door at 2 p.m. All finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
   Leading Hoover were Kenya Hunter and Nora Webster with 11 kills each. Paige Shaw added nine kills and six digs and Hunter added six blocks. Sabrina Duncan’s 13 kills led Huntsville. Savannah Combs also had 19 digs and Hannah Barrett added 12 assists.
   Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 1: Emmy Kilgore’s 22 kills led the Spartans (43-8) to the 7A finals with a 25-20, 24-26, 28-26, 25-20 triumph over McGill-Toolen. Lacey Jeffcoat added three service aces and 35 digs and setter Libby Grace Gann had 50 assists, 15 digs and three kills for Mountain Brook. Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team will be making their third straight Class 7A state championship match appearance with Thursday’s finals versus Hoover.
   McGill-Toolen (49-10), the 2015 state runner-up, had strong front-row play from Shaunta Battle, Jaylen Daffen and Kirsten Carter. The trio had 10, 9 and 9 kills, respectively. Sofia Bruno added 24 digs and Lillie Fromdahl had 24 assists.

Class 6A Semifinals
   Spanish Fort 3, Hartselle 1: Defending state champion Spanish Fort (58-4), coached by Gretchen Boykin, beat the Tigers (68-12) in four sets 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 advancing to  Thursday’s Class 6A championship match versus Hazel Green at 4 p.m. at Bill Harris Arena on the CrossPlex campus.
    Carley Hamric and Savannah Lee each had 16 kills for the Toros. Lee also had 21 digs, and Reilly Vought recorded 37 assists.
     Leading Hartselle was Megan Zuck with 19 kills and 32 digs. Hayden Hanserd added 15 kills while setter Gabrielle Bili dished out 44 assists.
Class 5A Semifinals
   Alexandria 3, St. John Paul II Catholic 1: Senior Tori Rae Stillwell and junior Taylor Spradley dominated inside with 16 kills and 15 kills, respectively, as Coach Whitney Welch’s Valley Cubs (48-9) beat St. John Paul II Catholic 25-13, 25-11, 22-25, 25-19. Alexandria moves to the Class 5A finals to face St. Paul’s Episcopal. The 5A championship match will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bill Harris Arena.
    Gracie Muncher had six service aces and 42 assists, and Kinsley Gregoria had 19 digs.
    Setter Madison Lozen had 30 assists, Alex Pressnell had 19 digs and seven kills, and Marissa Koch added 10 kills for the Falcons (39-27).
    St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Lawrence County 1: Seniors Konner Wilks and Mary Scott Hollingsworth paced St. Paul’s (43-7) to a 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-15 victory in the other Class 5A semifinal. Wilks had 29 digs while Hollingsworth had 13 kills, two blocks and 20 digs for Coach Lisa Marston’s Saints.
    Lawrence County (46-14) was led by Ally Craig’s 10 kills and eight blocks. Bradee Garner also had eight kills and eight blocks and setter Laekyn Bennett had 35 assists.

Class 4A Semifinals
   Saint James 3, Jacksonville 1: The Trojans (35-10) moved to the Class 4A finals with a 25-18, 25-18, 19-25, 26-24 victory over Jacksonville. They advance to the 4A finals Thursday at noon to face Madison Academy.
     Senior Sydney Stone and sophomores Carson Ann Crow and Hannah Dailey had 11, 10 and 10 kills respectively for Saint James, coached by Karen Lee. Samantha White had 31 assists and Emily Poundstone had 22.  Jacksonville finished its season 43-12.
   Madison Academy 3, Danville 2: The Mustangs (44-20), moving up to 4A this season, advanced to Thursday’s Class 4A finals thanks in part to a super performance from outside hitter Abby Brooks. The junior had 25 kills and 34 digs, and Emma Wade had 35 digs and 29 assists. Macy Moore also had 10 kills for Coach Mandy Kerce’s Mustangs.
    Shelby Ziegler and Mikayla Koins had 20 and 19 kills, respectively. Ziegler also had a first-day state-tournament high 12 blocks. Courtney Watts recorded 46 assists.


Class 3A Semifinals
   Bayside Academy 3, West Morgan 0: Coach Ann Schilling’s Lady Admirals (56-5) kept their hopes of a 15th straight state championship alive with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-14 sweep of West Morgan (40-22) in the Class 3A semifinals. The win sends Bayside, which has won eight Class 3A state championships in a row after capturing six Class 2A state titles from 2001-2007, against Providence Christian in Thursday’s finals at 6 p.m. at Bill Harris Arena.
    Lauren Chastang had 14 kills and 14 digs for Bayside, also seeking its 25th state title overall, and Ansley Dailey added 29 assists. Ariel Dulaney also served five aces and had eight kills. West Morgan’s Savannah Stephenson led the Rebels with eight kills and 11 digs.
   Providence Christian 3, Carbon Hill 0:  Coach Bill Oldfield’s Eagles (45-8) set up another showdown with Bayside in the state finals with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-16 win over Carbon Hill (69-9).  Providence, moving up from 2A to 3A this season, met Bayside in the South Super Regional finals last weekend.
   Ashlyn Byrd had 34 assists and Hannah Harris had 26 kills in the win. Autumn Mayes also had 23 digs. Carbon Hill, coached by Saige Beaty, got nine kills and 13 digs from sophomore Lacey Evans and 18 assists from Molly Kate Atkins.

Class 2A Semifinals
   Winston County 3, Fyffe 2: The Yellow Jackets (28-15), coached by Tiffany Cole, won the five-set marathon 20-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-10, 15-13 to advance to Thursday’s Class 2A finals versus St. Luke’s Episcopal. The 2A finals will kick off Championship Thursday at Bill Harris Arena with the first championship match at 8 a.m.
    Saige Blanton led Winston County with 19 kills and 20 digs. Andrea Jacques had 24 digs and eight fills, Presley Billups added nine kills and 19 digs, and Macy Green distributed 43 assists.
     Fyffe finished its season (33-13).
   St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Altamont 2: Coach Meredith McDonald’s Wildcats  (45-14) pulled out the 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13 victory coming from a 2-1 deficit to reach the 2A finals. Natalie Bonner had 12 kills and eight blocks, Kellan Hensley and Jordan Odom had  32 and 30 digs, respectively, and Brooke Threlkeld  recorded 21 assists.
   Altamont (28-5) got 41 assists from Ashley Sharff. Abby Sharff had 62 digs and 16 kills.

Class 1A Semifinals
   Addison 3, Isabella 0: Addison won the Class 2A state championship in 2015, moved down to 1A this season and will be playing for the Class 1A title Thursday night after its 25-19, 25-19, 25-10 win over Isabella in Wednesday’s semifinals.
   Coach Kayla Woodard’s Bulldogs (42-19) will face Decatur Heritage in the finals at Bill Harris Arena. The 5,500-seat facility is adjoined to the Birmingham CrossPlex where all the first-day action took place.
    Abbie Chambless had 13 kills and Allie Chambless had 10 to lead Addison. Abbie also had 11digs and Savannah Manley had 12 blocks, which tied for most in a match in all seven classifications Wednesday.  Maison Evans served four aces and led with 18 digs.
   Isabella (37-4), coached by Glen Graham, was led by Hailey Underwood’s 13 digs. Synia Chattman had five blocks and Kinley Tuttle had four.
   Decatur Heritage 3, Donoho 1: The Eagles (45-10) of Coach Kelly Garland  reeled off the last 14 points of the final set to thwart a Donoho comeback and captured the other finals slot 20-25, 25-11, 25-12, 25-14.
    Trailing 14-11 in the fourth set, senior Kayla Grimes took over at the net as Decatur Heritage closed out the win on a 14-0 run. She finished the match with 28 kills and seven blocks. Teammate Timara Bowers was also dominant inside with 22 kills and three blocks.  Setter Kaitlyn Cheatham had 56 assists and 25 digs.
    Katie Brown led Donoho (33-19), coached by Janice Slay, with 44  assists and 31 digs. Madison Gaines and Peyton Suco added 16 and 10 kills, respectively. Suco also had 27 digs.


Finals set for 7A, 5A and 2A at the 46th AHSAA Volleyball State Championships

   BIRMINGHAM – Hoover and Mountain Brook advanced to the 7A state finals as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at the CrossPlex moved into the semifinals Wednesday night.
    Alexandria and St. Paul’s Episcopal posted Class 5A semifinal wins while Winston County and St. Luke’s Episcopal squeaked out five-set win in the Class 2A semifinals.
     Class 1A, 3A, 4A and 6A semifinals were underway at 6 p.m.

Class 7A Semifinals
   Hoover 3, Huntsville 0: Coach Chris Camper’s Lady Bucs (39-14) clawed out a tough 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over Huntsville (38-11) at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday afternoon to advance to the AHSAA Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament finals. Hoover will meet two-time defending state champion Mountain Brook in the championship match Thursday at Bill Harris Arena next door at 2 p.m. All finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
   Leading Hoover were Kenya Hunter and Nora Webster with 11 kills each. Paige Shaw added nine kills and six digs and Hunter added six blocks. Sabrina Duncan’s 13 kills led Huntsville. Savannah Combs also had 19 digs and Hannah Barrett added 12 assists.
   Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 1: Emmy Kilgore’s 22 kills led the Spartans (43-8) to the 7A finals with a 25-20, 24-26, 28-26, 25-20 triumph over McGill-Toolen. Lacey Jeffcoat added three service aces and 35 digs and setter Libby Grace Gann had 50 assists, 15 digs and three kills for Mountain Brook. Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team will be making their third straight Class 7A state championship match appearance with Thursday’s finals versus Hoover.
   McGill-Toolen (49-10), the 2015 state runner-up, had strong front-row play from Shaunta Battle, Jaylen Daffen and Kirsten Carter. The trio had 10, 9 and 9 kills, respectively. Sofia Bruno added 24 digs and Lillie Fromdahl had 24 assists.

Class 5A Semifinals
   Alexandria 3, St. John Paul II Catholic 1: Senior Tori Rae Stillwell and junior Taylor Spradley dominated inside with 16 kills and 15 kills, respectively, as Coach Whitney Welch’s Valley Cubs (48-9) beat St. John Paul II Catholic 25-13, 25-11, 22-25, 25-19. Alexandria moves to the Class 5A finals to face St. Paul’s Episcopal. The 5A championship match will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bill Harris Arena.
    Gracie Muncher had six service aces and 42 assists, and Kinsley Gregoria had 19 digs.
    Setter Madison Lozen had 30 assists, Alex Pressnell had 19 digs and seven kills, and Marissa Koch added 10 kills for the Falcons (39-27).
    St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Lawrence County 1: Seniors Konner Wilks and Mary Scott Hollingsworth paced St. Paul’s (43-7) to a 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-15 victory in the other Class 5A semifinal. Wilks had 29 digs while Hollingsworth had 13 kills, two blocks and 20 digs for Coach Lisa Marston’s Saints.
    Lawrence County (46-14) was led by Ally Craig’s 10 kills and eight blocks. Bradee Garner also had eight kills and eight blocks and setter Laekyn Bennett had 35 assists.

Class 2A Semifinals
   Winston County 3, Fyffe 2: The Yellow Jackets (28-15), coached by Tiffany Cole, won the five-set marathon 20-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-10, 15-13 to advance to Thursday’s Class 2A finals versus St. Luke’s Episcopal. The 2A finals will kick off Championship Thursday at Bill Harris Arena with the first championship match at 8 a.m.
    Saige Blanton led Winston County with 19 kills and 20 digs. Andrea Jacques had 24 digs and eight fills, Presley Billups added nine kills and 19 digs, and Macy Green distributed 43 assists.
     Fyffe finished its season (33-13).
   St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Altamont 2: Coach Meredith McDonald’s Wildcats  (45-14) pulled out the 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13 victory coming from a 2-1 deficit to reach the 2A finals. Natalie Bonner had 12 kills and eight blocks, Kellan Hensley and Jordan Odom had  32 and 30 digs, respectively, and Brooke Threlkeld  recorded 21 assists.
   Altamont (28-5) got 41 assists from Ashley Sharff. Abby Sharff had 62 digs and 16 kills.