BIRMINGHAM – Saint James beat Deshler 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 Thursday afternoon at Bill Harris Arena to claim the 2017 AHSAA Class 4A state volleyball championship. The state title was the third in school history and the first for Coach Karen Lee.
Junior outside hitter Carson Ann Crow recorded 21 kills and 16 digs to the Class 4A state tourney’s MVP honor. Her play up front helped the Trojans (37-9) from Montgomery roar back after dropping the first set 25-21 to Coach Jana Killen’s Tigers (43-15). LizAnne Livings added 16 kills and Bailey Williams had eight. Setter Emily Olsey had 29 assists and 12 digs and Emily Poundstone had 21 assists and 11 digs.
Leading Deshler was 6-foot senior middle hitter Karleigh Sledge, who had 21 kills and two blocks. Madison Jackson had 10 kills and Ashley Wellington added 24 digs. Setter Kandice Ricks had 37 assists and 15 digs.
The two remaining state finals are remain to be played today. Both are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
CLASS 4A ALL-STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM
Carson Ann Crow, Saint James (MVP); LizAnne Livings, Saint James; Emily Osley, Saint James; Kandice Ricks, Deshler; Madison Jackson, Deshler; Karleigh Sledge, Deshler.
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE/RESULTS
At Bill Harris Arena
(All matches lived-streamed by the NFHS Network)
Addison (51-8) 3, Meek 1 (46-18) (26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19)
Pelham (41-9) 3, Jasper (57-5) 2 (25-20, 26-24, 22-25, 25-27, 17-15)
McGill-Toolen Catholic ( Bob Jones (41-11) 0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25)
Bottom of Form
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.