E.A. Sports Today

Nearing nifty 50

Pleasant Valley tunes up for its area tournament and beyond by winning Cullman Invitational, closes in on 50 wins

By East Alabama Sports Today

CULLMAN – Reigning county champion Pleasant Valley tuned up for the post-season and moved closer to the 50-win plateau by winning the Cullman Pre-Area Invitational Saturday.

The Lady Raiders (49-6) went 6-0 in the tournament, dropping only two sets. They beat 1A Meek in the final 25-21, 25-15.

They also took down Hillcrest (25-23, 25-10); Madison County (25-18, 25-15); Brewer (20-25, 25-21, 15-11); Mortimer Jordan in the quarterfinals (19-25, 25-14, 15-13) and Boaz in the semifinals (25-21, 25-15).

The Lady Raiders’ first shot to hit 50 comes Tuesday in the finals of the Class 3A Area 10 tournament against the winner of the Glencoe-Piedmont match.

“I’ve never had 50 wins before,” PV coach Dana Bryant said. “It’s kind of a big deal I think for any team.”

Here are their cumulative statistics from the tournament

KILLS – Mikayla Kendrick 50, Blakely Malsy 15, Savannah Williams 22, Anna Bryant 40, Karmyn Sparks 2, Maggie Hedgepath 1, Alisa St. John 34.

ASSISTS – Savannah Williams 43, Anna Bryant 46, Rylee Haynes 2, Madison Bentley 1.

ACES – Mikayla Kendrick 4, Blakely Malsy 3, Savannah Williams 3, Anna Bryant 9, Madison Bentley 3, Alisa St. John 11,

DIGS – Mikayla Kendrick 18, Blakely Malsy 12, Savannah Williams 32, Anna Bryant 35, Rylee Haynes 4, Madison Bentley 69, Maggie Hedgepath 22, Cailyn Steele 1, Alisa St. John 36.

BLOCKS – Mikayla Kendrick 5, Blakely Malsy 14, Savannah Williams 4, Anna Bryant 5, Rylee Haynes 1, Karmyn Sparks 2, Alisa St. John 11.


Area 10 at Faith Christian
Faith Christian vs. JCA, 5 p.m.
Donoho vs. Sacred Heart, 6 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Area 8 at Saks
Saks vs. Anniston, 4 p.m.
Munford vs. Handley, 5 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

Area 12 at Jacksonville
Jacksonville vs. Hokes Bluff, 4:30 p.m.
White Plains vs. Cherokee County, 6 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

Area 13 at Oxford
Pell City vs. Southside-Gadsden, 5 p.m.
Winner vs. Oxford, 6 p.m.


Area 9 at Weaver
Ohatchee vs. Wellborn, 5 p.m.
Winner vs. Weaver, 6 p.m.

Area 10 at Pleasant Valley
Glencoe vs. Piedmont, 4 p.m.
Winner vs. Pleasant Valley, 5:30 p.m.

Area 13 at Alexandria
Alexandria vs. Etowah, 4:30 p.m.
Douglas vs. Boaz, 5:15 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 6:45 p.m.

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