E.A. Sports Today

Tuesday volleyball

Here are the scores and highlights from Tuesday night’s volleyball matches involving teams from in and around Calhoun County

Tuesday’s matches
Gadsden City 2, Ohatchee 0 (25-19, 27-25)
Ohatchee 3, Gaston 0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-15)
Oxford 2, Faith Christian 0 (25-21, 25-19)
Pleasant Valley 2, Jacksonville 0 (25-14, 25-16)
Pleasant Valley 2, Saks 0 (25-18, 25-10)
Reeltown 3, Randolph County 2 (19-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-23, 16-14)
Sacred Heart 3, Jacksonville Christian 0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-20)
Southside 2, Oxford 1 (26-28, 25-20, 15-6)
Southside 2, Faith Christian 0 (25-22, 25-11)
White Plains 3, Cherokee County 0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-9)
Weaver at Piedmont
Wellborn, Ranburne at Cleburne County

White Plains on cusp of history

By East Alabama Sports Today

The White Plains volleyball team is on the verge of history after beating Cherokee County 3-0 in a Class 4A Area 10 match Tuesday night.

The Lady Wildcats won 25-14, 25-23, 25-9, and in doing so can claim their second area title in 20 years and first since 2005 by avenging an earlier loss to Jacksonville at home Thursday night.

The Lady Wildcats are 14-14 this season and 3-1 in the area. If they beat Jacksonville – a team they haven’t beaten in at least eight years – they would hand the Lady Golden Eagles their third area loss and claim the title.

“It’s a huge area win and I’m beyond excited about that,” White Plains coach Ben Carroll said, “but to be completely honest I wasn’t worried about that. Tonight had nothing to do with who was on the other side of the net.

“I’ve told them they’ve got to concentrate more on themselves. We’ve been inconsistent. I challenged them tonight to play their best volleyball and not worry about who was on the other side of the net and not put extra pressure on themselves because it was an area match.”

The Lady Wildcats have come through a lot to get to this point. Carroll, a 14-year veteran coach of several sports, had zero experience with volleyball when he took the job and admits the players have taught him more about the game than he could have ever taught them. Seven of their regulars are freshmen or sophomores. They’ve overcome three “significant” injuries to starters – particularly their setters – and have adjusted to changes made on the fly.

In Tuesday night’s match, Gracie Morgan had 15 kills, Natalie Pinto had 18 assists, Reece Roberts had 14 assists and Morgan Huckaby had five digs.

“I really can’t express how proud I am of the girls for how they’ve worked this season because we’ve really overcome a lot of adversity,” Carroll said. “We’ve had to work through a lot and I’ve challenged them several times and instead of breaking down and quitting, they’ve risen to the occasion.”

And now they’re on the verge of history.

“To be honest winning area would be huge for the team and the school,” Carroll said, “but for, me a win on Thursday would be more about us playing consistently well as a team – that’s our most important thing right now. We have to show as a team that we can come out and compete at a high level day in and day out.

“I know winning the area would be huge, but as a coach I’m about getting the girls to play well any time we step on the court.”

Ohatchee splits

OHATCHEE – The Lady Indians (5-16) improved to 2-0 in their area with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-15 victory over Gaston. Senior Sydney Clements had nine kills and sophomore Gracee Haynes had eighth. Seniors Kaylee Wells and Regan Snow both had 10 digs. They later lost to 7A Gadsden City in two tight sets.

Oxford split, Faith swept

(Oxford stats)
KILLS: Tanyia McDonald 6. Lakijah Brown 3, Kiki Woods 1, Shania Vincent 3, Emma Connell 3, Aumaria Lindsey 3.
ASSISTS: Deinnah Isaac 1, Alanah Zimmerman 1, Emma Connell 15, Aumaria Lindsey 2.
DIGS: Deinnah Issac 7, Alanah Zimmerman 6, Tanyia McDonald 3, Lakijah Brown 2, Shania Vincent 1, Emma Connell 2, Aametria Wilson 7.
ACES: Deinnah Issac 3.
BLOCKS: Kiki Woods 1.

(Oxford stats)
KILLS: Tanyia McDonald 7, Lakijah Brown 6, Shania Vincent 5, Emma Connell 1, Aumaria Lindsey 4.
ASSISTS: Lakijah Brown 2, Emma Connell 20.
DIGS: Deinnah Isaac 6, Alanah Zimmerman 5, Tanyia McDonald 5, Lakijah Brown 1, Emma Connell 6, Brittany Davis 6, Aametria Wilson 8.
ACES: Deinnah Issac 1, Tanyia McDonald 1, Emma Connell 1.
BLOCKS: Lakijah Brown 1, Kiki Woods 1.

(Faith two-match statistics)
KILLS: Erin Cheek 1, Nicole Frechette 10, S.J. Christjohn 5, S.K. McVeigh 1, Sydnee Johnson 4, Zana Christjohn 6.
ASSISTS: Abby Kazanjian 1, Erin Cheek 19, Zana Christjohn 2.
DIGS: Abby Kazanjian 12, Emily 2, Erin Cheek 10, Nicole Frechette 9, S.J. Christjohn 1, Zana Christjohn 2.
ACES: Emily Sills 2, Erin Cheek 3, Nicole Frechette 1.
BLOCKS: S.J. Christjohn 3, Sydnee Johnson 4, Zana Christjohn 2.

Pleasant Valley sweeps


(PV two-match statistics)
KILLS: Savannah Williams 19, Blakely Malsy 12, Karmyn Sparks 13, Leah Patterson 6, Rylee Hayne 2.
ASSISTS: Madison Borders 1, Rylee Hayne 40.
DIGS: Savannah Williams 8, Blakely Malsy 10, Karmyn Sparks 2, Leah Patterson 5, Madison Borders 1, Rylee Hayne 8, Maggie Hedgepath 12, Allie Bryant 11, Abbi Steele 1
ACES: Savannah Williams 2, Blakely Malsy 4, Leah Patterson 1, Rylee Hayne 3, Allie Bryant 1.
BLOCKS: Savannah Williams 1, Blakely Malsy 3, Karmyn Sparks 3, Leah Patterson 2, Madison Borders 1, Rylee Hayne 2.

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