ADDISON, Ala. — The Addison Lady Bulldogs hosted a tri-meet with area foe Meek Lady Tigers and the Good Hope Lady Raiders. Addison swept the Lady Raiders 25-13, 25-16, the Lady Tigers 25-13, 25-18, 25-20 and Good Hope knocked off Meek 25-9, 25-17.
Addison started off the meet facing the Good Hope Lady Raiders. The first set was a game of early Addison dominance. Addison jumped out to an 8-1 lead under the direction of Gracie “Bug” Manley’s wicked jump serve and strong defense provided by Dawg front line. Good Hope went on a run taking 5 of the next 7 points to cut the lead to 10-6. Addison’s Bailee Ory then notched 7 consecutive points while serving, to give the Lady Dawgs a commanding 18-6 lead. The two teams went back and forth the remainder of the match with the Lady Dawgs finally prevailing 25-13.
The second set was a tighter affair as both teams went back and forth. The teams were tied at 4 when Addison got hot. Addison then took 10 out of the next 14 points. They were led by Abby Waldrep and “Dynamite” Dacey Baker manning the front line with timely blocks and kills. Manley and Hadley “Shooter” Butler set the Dawgs up for success with their timely sets and assists. Addison was able to close out the Lady Raiders 25-16 to sweep the match.
Good Hope was then able to defeat the Lady Tigers from Meek fairly comfortably, 25-9 and 25-17 to earn a split for Good Hope in the tri-meet.
Addison then took on area foe Meek and the scrappy ladies from Meek didn’t go down without a fight. Every time it seemed that Addison would pull away from Meek, the Lady Tigers would fight back and get draw closer on the scoreboard.
The first set saw Addison get off to a slow start as Meek jumped out to a 3-2 lead. It was to be a short-lived lead as Addison took 14 out of the next 17 points to lead comfortably 16-6. The Lady Dawgs were led by the serves of Butler and Katie Barrett. “Magic” Molly Gilbreath and Ory played excellent defense for the Lady Dawgs as they had numerous digs to save the Dawgs points. Addison went on to down the feisty Lady Tigers 25-13.
The second set wasn’t as close as the score indicated as Addison jumped out to a 21-11 lead. Baker was on fire as she served eight straight points for the Lady Dawgs. With Manley and Butler setting the table and Waldrep, Baker and Barrett driving the ball home the Lady Dawgs looked to be on cruise control. Meek refused to quit and took 7 out of the final 11 points but it wasn’t enough. Addison took the second set 25-18.
The final set was played and once again it looked like a rout. Addison jumped out to a 9-0 lead with Gilbreath at the serve. Addison’s passing and defense were solid, as usual, and the Dawgs were roaring to another sweep. Addison was dominating at 16-6 and then the wheels fell off. It seemed that the ladies got bored and thought the game was over and, but no one told the Lady Tigers. Meek then went on a 14-6 run to close the gap to 22-20. Addison had some sloppy play, but Meek also had some solid shots and played pretty well. The Bulldogs then showed their championship mettle as they composed themselves and took the final 3 points to come away with the set and the game 25-20.
This moves Addison to 2-0 in region play.
Addison Head Coach Kaydi Woodard was pleased with the performance.
“I am glad we were able to start out 2-0 in area play. I was pleased with the girl’s energy tonight,” Woodard said. “We had a slight let down in the final set, but we composed ourselves and came back for the victory. Proud of the way we played overall tonight.”
Unofficial stats for Addison for both matches:
Kills; Waldrep with 19, Barrett and Manley with 12, Baker with 7 and Butler with 4. Digs; Ory had 19, Manley had 17 and Gilbreath had 7. Assists; Manley with 33 and Butler with 17. Waldrep led with 4 blocks.
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