STATE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Addison captures 6th straight state title

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The Lady Bulldogs claimed their sixth straight state championship by defeating Winston County in a five-set thriller Thursday morning. (Gary McGriff for the Cullman Tribune)

BIRMINGHAM – The Addison Lady Bulldogs, led by head coach Kayla Woodard, took on the Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets, led by coach Tiffany Cole, in an all Winston County AHSAA State Volleyball 2A Championship in Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham CrossPlex Thursday morning. Addison has dominated the regular season against its Winston County rival, and on Thursday the Lady Bulldogs walked way with their sixth straight 2A state title.

Addison survived an early challenge from Winston County, winning the first set 25-21. Winston County rebounded, taking the next two sets 25-20 and 25-19. 

In the fourth set, Addison came roaring back, knotting up the match at two sets each with a 25-16 win. A fifth and final set was needed to determine the 2018 2A AHSAA volleyball champion.

In the fifth and final set, Addison (54-12) used the momentum from the fourth set to finally overcome a determined Winston County (33-15) team. The Lady Bulldogs won their 11th AHSAA volleyball championship, the sixth in a row, 15-8.

For the match, Savannah Manley led Addison with 25 kills and 5 blocks. Callie Crider followed with 14 kills. Destiny Walker had 24 digs followed by Tess Alvis with 23 digs.

Addison finished the match 56 kills to Winston County’s 45. Winston County ended with 123 digs compared to Addison’s 106.

Making the all-tournament team from Addison were Savannah Manley, Macey Butler and Callie Crider. Manley also took home tournament MVP honors.

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