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Saks’ hot start continues

Saks' Maiya Northard (2) is blocked at the net by Weaver's Jazmyn Mosely during Thursday's match. In the cover photo, Saks coach Randy Law brings his team together before the match. (Contributed photos)

Saks’ Maiya Northard (2) is blocked at the net by Weaver’s Jazmyn Mosely during Thursday’s match. In the cover photo, Saks coach Randy Law brings his team together before the match. (Contributed photos)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

The Saks volleyball team, like most teams in the state, had a busy first week of the season. And it was a productive one.

The Lady Wildcats completed their opening week Thursday with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Weaver. The game scores were 25-7, 25-10, 25-7.

It was their ninth win in 10 matches to open the season, a much more successful start than a year ago. Their only loss came in a lackluster showing against Pleasant Valley, just a few days after they took it down in their own tournament.

“We had a lot of people saying that we weren’t going to be too good this year,” junior setter Jaelyn Wilson said. “One of the umpires who came to officiate our practice asked if this was going to be kind of a coming-up year for us.

“I knew personally we were going to be pretty good. I know our players and I know that we have potential and we really have good potential to be better. This is a good start to the season.”

Saks spread the wealth against the Lady Bearcats (1-6). Wilson had eight assists. Baylee Snider and Taylor Teague (six kills) both had five aces. Senior libero Tiffany Springer and Teague had four digs each.

“I feel like we played up to our standards today,” Springer said. “We played our best out there. Just because we were playing an easier team, instead of slacking off, we played up to our capabilities.”

Saks coach Randy Law couldn’t find fault with much. He was particularly pleased with his team’s ability to pass and get serves in.

He said the 9-1 start bodes well for the future, but he knows the schedule will only get tougher. The Lady Wildcats, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A in this week’s statewide prep volleyball poll, go back to Pleasant Valley this weekend for the always intense Sandy Hunter Invitational.

Calhoun County volleyball is well represented in the weekly al.com state volleyball poll released Thursday.

Sacred Heart and Donoho are 1-2 in Class 1A. Ohatchee was nominated for consideration in Class 3A. Jacksonville is No. 2 in 4A, with White Plains getting nominated. Alexandria is No. 10 in Class 5A. And Oxford is No. 6 in Class 6A.

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