E.A. Sports Today

Big day for Cubs

Alexandria coach Welch recognized by school board, then directs Lady Cubs to victory

Tuesday volleyball
Alexandria 3, Wellborn 0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-8)
Chelsea 2, Oxford 0 (25-11, 25-9)
Glencoe 2, Gadsden City 0 (25-7, 25-13)
Glencoe 2, Sacred Heart 1 (19-25, 33-31, 15-23) 
Lincoln 3, Talladega 0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-10)
Pleasant Valley 3, Saks 2 (24-26, 25-11, 21-25, 25-13, 15-12)
Sacred Heart 2, Gadsden City 0 (25-8, 25-16)
Spring Garden 2, Sacred Heart 0 (28-26, 25-17)
Spring Garden 2, Glencoe 0 (25-14, 25-23)
Spring Garden 2, Gadsden City 0 (25-8, 25-16)
Springville 2, Lincoln 0 (25-10, 25-23)
By East Alabama Sports Today
Alexandria volleyball coach Whitney Welch had a busy day Tuesday.
Shortly after school ended, Welch drove over to the central office for some special recognition by the school board. As soon as her portion of the meeting ended, she hustled over to Wellborn, where she directed the shorthanded Lady Cubs to a 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-8) victory over the Lady Panthers.
The county board recognized Welch for her 2017-18 state volleyball coach of the year award following the Lady Cubs’ state championship run. The NFHS informed her of the award in January and the ASHAA recognized it in July during the All-Star Sports Week. It may have seen late coming, but the award is given at the end of the most recently completed school year.
“Honestly, I wish all my girls were here because this really would not have been possible without them,” Welch told the board. “We’ve had some really awesome student athletes over the last few years and they just really bought into what we were trying to do in the team concept. It’s really because of them I’m here.”
Welch was equally proud of the way her current team played against Wellborn. The Lady Cubs were playing without one of their main weapons as outside hitter Jordan Beason missed the match due to illness.
In Beason’s absence, Madison Wallace and Lexi Weber led the offense with eight kills apiece. Kandyn Blakenship had six kills and eight digs. Sarah Pelham had 16 digs. Anna Johnson had 22 assists, four digs and six aces.
The teams went back and forth through the first four sets, then Pleasant Valley won the match in the fifth 15-12.
Karmyn Sparks had 20 kills in the match to lead PV, while Leah Patterson and Rylee Haynes had 13 each. Haynes had 19 assists and Mattie Glass had 14. 

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