(Left) Addison vs. Athens Bible; (Right) Meek vs. Decatur Heritage / Josh McBrayer
BIRMINGHAM – It was all Winston County in the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday as Addison and Meek rolled over their respective competition on the way to setting up an epic clash Thursday for the blue map.
Addison over Westminster-Oak Mountain 25-11, 25-7, 25-13
It was total domination Wednesday morning as the Addison Lady Bulldogs (49-8) dismantled the Westminster-Oak Mountain Lady Knights (18-10) in straight sets 25-11, 25-7, 25-13.
Addison played a complete game, controlling play at the net with great sets, vicious kills (36) and great blocks (8). Addison kept a tight grip on the serves throughout the game, with nearly all of the serves landing in the court of play, resulting in five aces.
Although Addison rolled over the Lady Knights, head coach Kayla Woodard felt that there was room for improvement.
“I feel like we didn’t play our best,” Woodard said after the match. “But hopefully we are getting all the nerves out and getting in the groove. We did some good things this morning. Our offense was good but there are some things we need to key in on and get better before our next game.”
Paving the way for Addison into the second round was Abbie Chambless with 13 kills, five digs and two blocks. Allie Chambless was right behind her with 10 kills, two digs and one block. McKenzie Berry had seven kills while Savannah Manley recorded six kills, five blocks and two aces. Kendra Tyree posted 12 digs and three aces.
Meek in straight sets over Sumiton Christian 25-20, 25-6, 25-22
Meek (45-17) took one step closer to the blue map Wednesday morning by dispatching the Sumiton Christian Lady Eagles (22-10) in straight sets 25-20, 25-6, 25-22.
The Lady Tigers were impressive from the first serve to the last point, with each Lady Tiger doing her part on the court. Setter Jayden Waldrep did her job, racking up 18 assists along with one kill, one dig and one ace. Benefiting from Waldrep’s sets were Amanda Cunningham who had 10 kills to go with her six digs, four aces and a block. Sevanna Banks also got in on the action with eight kills and 11 digs.
Addison defeats Athens Bible, 25-6, 25-23, 25-11
Addison’s (50-8) quest for a fifth straight blue map will continue Thursday morning in the championship game as the Lady Bulldogs toppled Athens Bible (36-14) in straight sets 25-6, 25-23, 25-11.
Head coach Woodard hope that her squad was working out a little bit of nerves in their first match of the day and that seemed to be the case as the Lady Bulldogs settled in for match two.
Addison cruised through game one with ease, getting brilliant play from the front row. Game two was a bit closer as the score went back and forth. In game three, it was evident why Addison is the four-time defending 1A state volleyball champion as the Lady Bulldogs made short work of Athens Bible.
Leading the charge for Addison was Abbie Chambless with 14 kills, eight digs, seven blocks and two aces. Next was Savannah Manley with eight kills, six blocks, one dig and an ace. Kendra Tyree was on fire from the serving line with eight aces to go along with 11 digs. McKenzie Berry added six kills and one block.
Meek defeats Decatur Heritage 25-17, 25-12, 26-24
Meek played its way into the 2017 1A state championship by disposing of Decatur Heritage in straight sets 25-17, 25-12, 26-24.
Meek controlled all aspects of the game, winning points from every spot on the floor. Leading the way for the Lady Tigers was Sevanna Banks with 12 kills and six digs. Amanda Cunningham was right behind her with 11 kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace. Jayden Waldrep had four kills, two digs, an ace and 23 big assists. Montana Barton added five kills.
The Meek Lady Tigers will face the four-time defending state champion Addison Lady Bulldogs Thursday at 8 a.m. in the Bill Harris Arena, next to the Birmingham CrossPlex, in an all-Winston County battle for the blue map.
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