Warriors top Pelham in first area win

Thompson High School junior Jade Douglas spikes the ball with Pelham blockers (L-R) Porsha Tolbert and Bradleigh Smith defending in the Warriors' win Sept. 28. (Reporter Photo/Davis Potter)

By DAVIS POTTER / Staff Writer

PELHAM — The Thompson volleyball team picked up its first Class 6A, Area 10 victory of the season with a 26-24, 11-25, 25-16, 25-17 win over area foe Pelham Sept. 28 at the Pelham High School gymnasium.

Thompson improved to 1-4 in the area while the Panthers dropped to 2-4 in the area and 21-19 overall.

Junior setter Sonia Acosta led the way for the Warriors, racking up 32 assists and eight digs. Haley Davenport, a senior, had 12 kills and eight blocks. Hailey Schatz accumulated 13 kills and five blocks.

Thompson coach Ellen Fleisher said she was happy to see her team finally notch that elusive first area win.

“I was fired up,” Fleisher said. “I thought we did an excellent job. Our intensity was high. We made the adjustments that we needed to make from the beginning of the season, and those adjustments allowed us to win the match.”

Each team traded victories in the match’s first two games before the Warriors won three consecutive games to get the win.

Fleisher said execution was the key for the Warriors to come away with the win.

“We did extremely well on hitting and executing the plays we had established,” she said.

Junior Sydney Days had a game-high 37 assists for the Panthers while fellow junior Porsha Tolbert added 16 kills and six service aces. Dana Allen and Alexis Veal tallied 12 digs a piece.

Spain Park sweeps Hewitt-Trussville

Katie Best and Sydney Fritz led the Jaguars with 12 kills each in a 25-22, 25-22, 25-19 win over Hewitt-Trussville.

Kendall Carlis added five kills for the Jaguars, who improved to 15-9 overall. Kylie Beaubien finished with four kills and five blocks.

Best added 11 digs and one service ace. Fritz added three blocks. Abbey Morgan tallied  five digs.

McKenna McLain recorded a team-high 27 assists to go along with two service aces.

Briarwood defeats Shades Mountain

Kate Carter led the Lions with 13 kills and 18 digs in a 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-19 win over Shades Mountain.

Carter added three blocks for Briarwood, which improved to 10-11 overall.

Katie Briley added 11 kills, three blocks, two digs and two service aces. Logan Nasworthy recorded eight kills.

Sara Kate Bracewell tallied five kills and five digs. Claire Carter recorded nine digs and five service aces.

Lizzie Baumbach finished with six digs and two service aces. Adeline Reiser registered a team-high 32 assists.

Montevallo rallies to top Indian Springs

Mallory Anderson led the Bulldogs with 18 kills and a season-high 33 digs in a 22-25, 11-25, 28-26, 25-22, 15-8 win over Indian Springs.

Anderson added five service aces. Amber Cardwell chipped in 17 kills, 17 digs and three blocks in the victory.

McKenna Anderson tallied 12 assists and 10 digs. Kathryn Ray posted a team-high 17 assists and nine service aces to go along with 10 digs.

Vincent swept by Ohatchee

Jessica Posey led the Yellow Jackets with two kills in a 16-25, 14-25, 8-25 loss to Ohatchee.

Courtney Holston and Kiara Cohill added one kill each. Randee Isbell led Vincent with four service aces.

Amber Shaw and Rachel Johnson finished with two service aces each. Shaw added a team-high 14 digs. Johnson led Vincent (6-11, 4-2 in Class 2A, Area 10) with three assists.

Evangel sweeps The Rock

Elizabeth Ragland led the Lightning with seven kills in a 25-13, 25-8, 25-10 win over The Rock.

Erica Williams added four kills for Evangel, which improved to 13-0. Rainey Ketcham and Meghan Byrd finished with three kills each. Byrd added a team-high six service aces.

Kate Foster recorded four service aces and a team-high seven assists. Mariah Lawrence registered six assists.