Bulldogs sweep way to region title

Montevallo High School junior Sarah Hyde attacks the Sipsey Valley defense in the Bulldogs' win Oct. 15. (Reporter Photo/Wesley Hallman)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

LEEDS — Montevallo High School continued its unbeaten streak in individual games in the postseason with three consecutive sweeps on its way to an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 3A region tournament championship Oct. 15 at Leeds High School.

The Bulldogs, who swept Northside in the AHSAA Class 3A, Area 7 tournament championship match Oct. 10, earned a 25-17, 25-14, 25-21 sweep against the Rams in the region tournament title match.

Senior Mallory Anderson led the Bulldogs (24-1) with 24 kills in the victory. Anderson also recorded a team-high 14 digs to finish with a double-double.

Anderson was named the tournament’s most valuable player after racking up a tournament-high 58 kills in the three matches.

Fellow senior Kathryn Ray, who recorded 11 digs and 18 assists in the championship match, and junior Sarah Hyde, who chipped in three kills and six digs in the title match, were named to the all-tournament team.

The Bulldogs swept Marbury 25-18, 25-23, 25-9 in the region tournament semifinals.

Anderson recorded 16 kills and 19 digs. Ray finished with 17 assists and 17 digs. Hyde contributed 19 digs, six service aces and two blocks in the victory.

Montevallo opened the tournament with a 25-10, 25-11, 25-13 sweep of Sipsey Valley in the quarterfinals.

Anderson registered 18 kills, including 11 kills in the second game, to go along with 15 digs and two service aces.

Ray finished with seven kills and 13 assists. Hyde recorded eight digs and six service aces.

Senior Maryann Lee contributed three blocks in the victory.

Montevallo, which lost only one match during the regular season Sept. 17 against Central-Tuscaloosa in the Jemison Invitational, will host Abbeville in a sub-state match Oct. 20.

Indian Springs School, which earned a spot in the region tournament after finishing runner-up in the AHSAA Class 3A, Area 8 tournament Oct. 10, ended its season with a loss to Marbury in the quarterfinals.