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PV gets its crown

After falling in the finals each of the previous two years, Pleasant Valley scores its elusive County Volleyball title

Pleasant Valley's Mikayla Kendrick drops one of her kills over the net in the Calhoun County Tournament championship match. (Photo by B.J. Franklin/GungHo Photos)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE — The third time was indeed the charm for the Pleasant Valley volleyball team.

The Lady Raiders, turned back in five sets each of the last two finals, won the Calhoun County Volleyball Tournament Championship Monday with a 3-2 win over Alexandria at Jacksonville State.

PV, the tournament’s top seed, put away the decisive fifth set 18-16 on Blakely Malsy’s ace after tournament MVP Anna Bryant broke the 40th tie of the match with a signature winner into the right corner.

It was the Lady Raiders' first county title since 2003 and 12th all-time. Senior setter Anna Bryant was named tournament most valuable player.

“I am not just super excited, I’m super thankful ... to finally be able to make it,” PV coach Dana Bryant said. “Three years, two of them going home second place, we finally made it. We finally pushed through. We couldn’t make it easy, could we? It wasn’t easy. It took everything we had to win tonight.”

Related material: Anna Bryant's courageous comeback complete with MVP honors; see a gallery of photos from the match at www.bjfranklin.smugmug.com

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