Lady Raiders sweep tri-county match

Josh McBrayer

GOOD HOPE– Just two days removed from their first match vs. Holly Pond on their newly minted floor, the Good Hope Raiders suited up once again, this time for a tri-county match with Vinemont and Cold Springs.



Good Hope and Vinemont took the floor first and it was all Lady Raiders. Emma Pugh started the game with a vicious kill for the first point of the match. Ally Knight followed with back-to-back aces. Pugh added another kill while Knight added another pair of aces to put the Lady Raiders on top 6-0 before Vinemont earned their first point of the match when a Good Hope return volley went wide right and out of bounds. Vinemont added another point before Good Hope struck back with six unanswered points to take a comfortable 12-2 lead.  The Lady Eagles broke the Lady Raider’s serve but were unable to come back as Good Hope cruised to the 25-9 first set victory.

Set two was much of the same. Chrissi Smith opened the set with a pair of aces while Pugh added her third kill of the match. Vinemont responded with two points including a kill by Zoe Thomas but Good Hope rattled off the next 17 points in a row on their way to a 25-9 win, claiming the match 2-0 over Vinemont.

Good Hope finished the match with 18 aces and 10 kills.



The second match of the night featured the Cold Springs Lady Eagles facing the Vinemont Lady Eagles. Cold Springs started the match on a 6-0 run thanks in part to a pair of aces and a kill from Madison Holmes. Claire Harbison added a pair of aces before Vinemont came roaring back to pull to within three points of the blue and white. However Cold Springs’ length at the net soon took over and Cold Springs rolled to the 25-12 victory.

The second set was back and forth for the first several minutes before Cold Springs was able to pull away on the back of stellar play from AnnaKate Voce, Neely Ellison and Elizabeth Hill. Cold Springs took the set 25-13 and the match 2-0.

Cold Springs compiled 14 aces and 12 kills over the course of the match.



Match three, between the Good Hope Lady Raiders and the Cold Springs Lady Eagles, was a back and forth, nip and tuck affair. Cold Springs scored the first two points of the match, thanks in part to a wicked ace off the serve of Holmes. Good Hope broke the Eagles’ serve on a kill from Pugh and tied the score on an ace from Knight. From here the points see-sawed back and forth until Good Hope was finally able to pull away in the later stages of set one to win 25-22.

Cold Springs looked as if they were going to take the second set, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead but Good Hope was able to claw their way back into the game to stave off the Eagles’ attack. Good Hope took set two 25-21 and the match 2-0 making it a clean sweep on their home floor.

Good Hope finished with two aces and 12 kills.


“We actually played really well,” Good Hope coach Samantha Bryson told The Cullman Tribune after her team’s impressive performance. “I’m really impressed. We had Kate Kent out but the sophomores, juniors and seniors all stepped up and played well, so well.”

Good Hope’s next match will be against Dora Tuesday at Good Hope. Cold Springs will face Tarrant Thursday at Cold Springs and Vinemont will play Monday at Vinemont vs. Holly Pond.


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