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Alexandria takes CaroStrong volleyball tournament with first wins of the season, PV goes 2-2 in Boddie Tournament, Waffle House races at Choccolocco Park

By East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – The Alexandria volleyball team has been a little slow out of the gate as the defending Class 5A state champions. It’s a different year, some different players, some different positions; it’s only natural.

The Lady Cubs went winless in their first two dates (0-4), but made progress each time out and and Saturday made their biggest breakthrough of the year.

They swept through their three opponents without losing a set to win Jacksonville’s Carostrong Tournament for the second year in a row.

The Lady Cubs defeated Brooks (25-13, 25-22, 25-23), Jacksonville (25-14, 25-11, 25-17) and Weaver (25-16, 25-19, 25-17) to make it happen.

“I’ve been trying to talk to them all summer about complacency,” coach Whitney Welch said. “They have been working hard, we’ve got great kids, but sometimes they may be complacent and don’t even realize it.”

The Lady Cubs opened the season with losses to Albertville and Oxford, matches in which they won the first set. They followed it with losses to Lawrence County and Brewer, but played “a lot better, much more cleaner” than their season debut.

“I think that was a really good learning experience for our girls,” Welch said. “I’m kind of glad for it to happen so they could see what I’ve been trying to explain to them.”

The defending champions got a lot of strong efforts in their three matches Saturday. Collectively, Kendal Bumpus had 33 kills, Mattie Wade had 27 kills and 21 digs, and Kayleigh Steen had 36 assists.

In individual match highlights, Bumpus had 10 kills and two blocks against Weaver, 15 kills against Jacksonville and eight kills and 10 digs against Brooks. Kinsley Gregoria and Madison Wallace each had five aces against Jacksonville.

Alexandria def. Weaver, 3-0
Kendal Bumpus: 10 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks; Mattie Wade: 4 kills, 1 assist, 5 digs, 1 block; Kayleigh Steen: 2 kills, 11 assists, 5 digs, 3 aces; Kaitlin Harvey: 1 assist, 8 digs; Kinsley Gregoria: 1 assist, 7 digs, 1 ace; Lanie Dreyer: 1 kill, 1 block; Madison Wallace: 4 kills, 3 digs, 3 blocks, 2 aces; Madison Chastain: 2 kills; Anna Jonson: 6 assists; Maysen Schur 1 kill; Kyleigh Rhodes 1 kill; Ashley Parker 2 aces

Alexandria def. Jacksonville, 3-0
Kendal Bumpus: 15 kills, 2 digs, 1 block, 1 ace; Maddie Wade: 5 kills, 7 digs, 2 aces; Kayleigh Steen: 9 assists, 1 ace; Kaitlin Harvey: 3 digs; Kinsley Gregoria: 6 digs, 5 aces; Lanie Dreyer: 2 kills, 1 dig; Madison Wallace: 2 kills, 3 digs, 1 block, 5 aces; Madison Chastain: 3 kills; Anne Johnson: 13 assists, 4 digs, 1 ace

Alexandria def. Brooks, 3-0
Kendal Bumpus 8 kills, 10 digs; Mattie Wade 8 kills, 9 digs, 2 aces; Kayleigh Steen 1 kill, 16 assists; Kaitlin Harvey 5 digs, 1 ace; Kinsley Gregoria 13 digs, 2 aces; Lanie Dreyer 3 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Madison Wallace 2 kills, 2 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace; Madison Chastain 2 kills; Anna Johnson 1 kill, 6 assists, 2 aces

“I wasn’t pleased with last week and being 0-4 sometimes can get into kids’ heads,” Welch said. “I think they know they can do it if they kind of keep otheir foot on the gas and be into every play with the right mindset. I saw that today and was proud of that.”


HOOVER – Pleasant Valley went 2-2 in the Juanita Boddie Tournament. The Lady Raiders defeated Rogers (25-21, 25-17) and Columbia (25-14, 25-14) and fell to Athens Bible (17-25, 25-21, 15-9) and West Morgan (25-20, 25-19). McGill-Toolen won the championship

Here’s a look at how their lineup fared:
KILLS: Savannah Williams 26, Blakely Malsy 29, Karmyn Sparks 4, Leah Patterson 7, Madison Borders 3, Mattie Glass 1, Rylee Haynes 4, Erin Rose 1.

ASSISTS: Madison Borders 1, Rylee Haynes 43.

ACES: Savannah Williams 2, Blakely Malsy 1, Leah Patterson 4, Rylee Haynes 5, Maggie Hedgepath 4, Allie Bryant 2.

DIGS: Savannah Williams 28, Blakely Malsy 28, Karmyn Sparks 5, Leah Patterson 6, Rylee Haynes 12, Erin Rose 1, Maggie Hedgepath 40, Allie Bryant 13, Abbi Steele 3.

BLOCKS: Savannah Williams 3, Blakely Malsy 3, Karmyn Sparks 8. Madison Borders 3, Mattie Glass 1,


WAFFLE HOUSE INVITATIONAL: Presley Miles of Saint James and Jacob Warner of Spain Park ran away with individual titles in Oxford’s Waffle House Invitational, while Oak Mountain’s boys and Fort Payne’s girls won team gold in the first high school cross country meet staged at Choccolocco Park.

Miles ran away with the girls race, winning in 18:23.81, more than a minute and a half ahead of the girls runnerup, Mackenzie Culpepper of Spain Park. Warner won the boys race in 16:39.92.

The race had been staged at the Oxford Lake course, but Choccolocco Park has a full array of high school meets this fall, including state sectionals.

Oak Mountain’s boys had the next two finishers behind Warner and placed all five of their counters in the top 10.

Fort Payne’s girls placed four of their top five runners in the top 10 and all five of their counters in the top 13. They went 4-6-7-8-13, while girls runnerup Oak Mountain finished 3-5-11-12-15.

Fort Payne’s girls swept their JV race with a perfect 15 points, while Oak Mountain won the boys JV race with five counters in the top nine.

Team scores: Fort Payne 38, Oak Mountain 46, Spain Park 79, Southside 122, Saint James 168, Beauregard 175, Albertville 188, Oxford 195, Glencoe 236, Sardis 242, Douglas 348, Clay Central 350, Cedar Bluff 356, Handley 404.

Individual Top 20
Presley Miles, Saint James 18:23.81
Mackenzie Culpepper, Spain Park 20:05.13
Evia Bell, Oak Mountain 20:35.36
Maggie Crow, Fort Payne 20:58.78
Emma Grace Phillips, Oak Mountain 21:13.46
Gracie Groat, Fort Payne 21:35.23
Mollie Sanderson, Fort Payne 21:49.73
Maddie Jackson, Fort Payne 21:50.14
Molly Conway, Beauregard 22:12.10
Holland Lidikay, Spain Park 22:16.21
Kate Van Beek, Oak Mountain 22:19.55
Savannah Michael, Oak Mountain 22:23.14
Aylin Vega, Fort Payne 22:25.38
Camryn Davis, Southside 22:40.16
Chloe Brown, Pell City 22:41.41
Anna Miller, Oak Mountain 22:53.72
Lana Harwick, Saint James 22:53.74
Alexis Valentine, Southside 23:00.10
Jamie Harry, Oak Mountain 23:03.33
Katie Giles, Glencoe 23:05.31

Team scores: Oak Mountain 28, Southside 83, Albertville 91, Spain Park 132, Fort Payne 176, Pell City 211, Beauregard 244, Oxford 248, Westbrook Christian 258, Lincoln 277, Opelika 324, Moody 386, Hokes Bluff 388, Clay Central 401, Gadsden City 404, Handley 426, Douglas 434, Skyline 475, Cedar Bluff 488, Jefferson Christian 537, Donoho 542, Sardis 544, Glencoe 680.

Individual Top 20
Jacob Warner, Spain Park 16:39.92
Hansen McCown, Oak Mountain 17:05.26
Jonah Barrett, Oak Mountain 17:07.88
Jonathan Jenkins, Beauregard 17:11.82
Taylor Nails, Southside 17:16.40
Walker Cole, Oak Mountain 17:26.75
Bryce Keefover, Oak Mountain 17:50.86
Jonah Morris, Westbrook Christian 17:56.31
Chance Cofield, Albertville 17:58.15
Kenny Chavez, Oak Mountain 18:04.41
Rodrigo Patino, Albertville 18:15.24
Ryan Maudsley, Southside 18:27.32
Brad Jennings, Southside 18:29.90
Arturo Ramos, Albertville 18:33.06
Reese Bell, Oak Mountain 18:36.03
Will Anglea, Southside 18:42.55
Jaylon Hudson, Lincoln 18:45.46
Reed Robinson, Oxford 18:46.61
Joseph Perrella, Beauregard 18:48.35
Layton Bradford, Benjamin Russell 18:51.77

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