PREP VOLLEYBALL: Cold Springs sweeps tri-match at Vinemont, Lady Warriors collect area win

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Cold Springs' Emi Harbison (12) sets the ball during the Lady Eagles' win over Hanceville at Vinemont Thursday. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

VINEMONT, Ala. – Cold Springs and Hanceville travelled to Vinemont Thursday afternoon for a tri-match with the Lady Eagles, but it was the Eagles of Cold Springs that left with wins over both Vinemont and the Lady Bulldogs. Cold Springs knocked off both Vinemont and Hanceville in two sets while the home-standing Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Bulldogs in two sets as well.

Vinemont 2 – Hanceville 0 (25-4, 25-3)

The Lady Eagles dominated Hanceville to get things started Thursday thanks in large part to the 20 aces that Vinemont collected in the match, led by Mikayla Golden with 10 and Jordan Chambless with seven. Golden and Olivia Johnson each posted four kills in the match, Lexi Holmes added three more and Chambless led the Lady Eagles with eight assists.

Cold Springs 2 – Hanceville 0 (25-4, 25-11)

After falling to Vinemont in their first match of the day, the Lady Bulldogs had to turn around and contend with another team of Lady Eagles. Cold Springs defeated Hanceville in two sets and despite leading just 5-3 early in the second set, the Lady Eagles pulled away to win 25-11 and put away the Lady Bulldogs. Emi Harbison led Cold Springs with five assists, three tips, two aces and a dig in the match and both Morgan Harris and Kylon Hamby collected three aces. Hamby led the Lady Eagles with two kills and Emma Chambers posted two aces and a kill of her own.

Cold Springs’ Morgan Harris collects a kill during the Lady Eagles’ win over Hanceville at Vinemont Thursday. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

Cold Springs 2 – Vinemont 0 (25-17, 25-10)

The most competitive match of the day was between the two sets of Lady Eagles but after pulling away in a tight first set, Cold Springs dominated the second set to pick up a win over Vinemont. Cold Springs built a 5-0 lead early in the first set, but Vinemont was able to rally and tie the set at 10. Cold Springs went on a 5-2 run after that to take a 17-12 lead, but Vinemont was able to trim that lead to 18-16. Unfortunately for Vinemont, it was all Cold Springs after that, and the Lady Eagles went on to win it 25-17.

Cold Springs jumped out to an early lead in the second set once again but this time, Vinemont couldn’t keep up and chip away, allowing Cold Springs to pull away and take the match with a 25-10 win. Harbison racked up 15 assists in the win for Cold Springs to go along with two aces and four tips and Chambers, Hamby and Jessica Pulliam each collected five kills in the win. Harris also posted two aces, two kills, two digs and assist in the match against Vinemont.

Johnson led Vinemont with three aces, two kills while Golden finished with three kills, two blocks and two aces. Chambless led the Lady Eagles with six assists in the loss.

Vinemont will travel to Falkville next Monday and Cold Springs and Hanceville will travel to play St. Bernard and Holly Pond next Tuesday respectively.

West Point 3 – Hamilton 0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-21)

The Lady Warriors got area play started at home Thursday night against Hamilton and managed to sweep three tight sets with the Lady Aggies. Lexi Shadix led West Point with 11 kills in the match to go along with three aces, a block and a dig and Braelee Quinn finished just behind her with seven kills, two aces and a block in the win. Gracie Thompson racked up 15 assists for the Lady Warriors and Kyla Kilpatrick posted nine assists, two aces and two digs of her own. Molly Pendley and Ryleigh Jones each collected four kills and an ace in the match and Sasha Hunter added five assists and three kills.

West Point 2 – Decatur Heritage 0 (25-10, 25-21)

After knocking off Hamilton to start area play with a win, West Point hit the floor again to take on sixth-ranked Decatur Heritage in class 2A. The Lady Warriors thrashed the Lady Eagles in the first set 25-10 and edged them in the second set 25-21 to secure the win in two sets.

Shadix picked up eight kills and an ace for West Point and Molly Pendley collected four aces, four kills and two digs in the win over Decatur Heritage. Kyla Kilpatrick led the Lady Warriors with eight assists and Thompson finished just behind her with seven assists to go along with three aces. Quinn added five kills, an ace and assist in the win for West Point.

The Lady Warriors will be back in action when they travel to Russellville next Tuesday.

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