High school volleyball roundup: Oak Mountain sweeps Pelham
Oak Mountain used a 25-12, 25-21, 25-13 sweep over Pelham to notch a victory in its first area game of the season Sept. 2 at Pelham High School.
Senior setter Chelsea Payne tallied 25 assists for the Eagles (7-6, 1-0 in Class 6A, Area 10) on the night. Middle blocker Emily Cosgrove and outside hitter Sara Goodwin had eight and five kills respectively.
Kierson McGrief and Marisa Reese had four digs each while senior Samantha Skinner added 13 kills and three blocks.
The Eagles used yet another set of players to get the win.
“We haven’t had the same lineup since the beginning of the season,” Oak Mountain coach Tammy Richardson said. “I don’t even know if this is going to be the lineup we go with. Considering that fact, I think we played OK.”
Pelham (7-6 overall, 1-2 in Class 6A, Area 10) was led by outside hitter Porsha Tolbert, who had eight digs and five kills.
Elsa Sims added eight assists. Ashley Kate Kepler had two service aces for the Panthers.
Perhaps the most telling stat of the night was that Pelham was unable to record a single block, something that caught the ire of first-year coach Haven O’Quinn.
“We have a lot of improvement to do with (blocking),” O’Quinn said. “We’ve got to improve our blocking, and then we can improve our defense.”
Oak Mountain returns to the court Sept. 3 against Thompson in the Mid South Tournament while the Panthers hit the road for their next contest Sept. 15 at Mountain Brook.
Chelsea rallies to top John Carroll
Samantha Colyer led the Hornets with 11 kills as Chelsea rallied to pick up a 16-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 15-13 win over host John Carroll.
Emily Handley added 10 kills, 17 digs and four service aces.
Jess Vohler recorded 17 digs and a match-high 25 assists.
Montevallo sweeps two matches
Amber Cardwell led the Bulldogs with 16 kills and seven digs in a 25-16, 21-25, 15-12 win over Isabella.
Mallory Anderson added seven kills, seven digs and seven aces. Kathryn Ray finished with a team-high 10 assists and 11 digs.
Cardwell finished with nine kills and five digs to lead Montevallo to a 25-10, 25-19 win over Shelby County.
Anderson added 10 digs and four service aces. Ray finished with six assists.
Spain Park falls to Vestavia Hills
Katie Best led the Jaguars with 10 kills in a 16-25, 21-25, 21-25 loss to Vestavia Hills.
Best added seven digs and six blocks for Spain Park, which fell to 10-4 overall and 1-1 in Class 6A, Area 12 play.
Kendall Carlis added eight kills and five service aces. McKenna McLain recorded seven digs and a team-high 18 assists.
Sydney Fritz finished with six digs and five aces. Kylie Beaubien added six blocks.
Calera drops match to Oak Grove
A’Kia Harris led the Eagles with nine kills in a 25-20, 17-25, 20-25, 21-25 loss to Oak Grove.
Kellie Rasmussen led Calera with 10 service aces.