E.A. Sports Today

Lady Jackets clinch

Oxford beats Southside to lock up top seed, hosting rights for area tournament; Alexandria, Pleasant Valley both take 3-0 sweeps

Tuesday’s matches
Alexandria 3, White Plains 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-9)
Oxford 3, Southside 1 (25-20, 25-22, 25-27, 25-20)
Oxford 2, Oneonta 0 (25-17, 25-12)
Pleasant Valley 3, Piedmont 0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-16)
Saks 2, ASD 0
Saks 2, Woodland 1

By East Alabama Sports Today

SOUTHSIDE – It’s been an up-and-down year for the Oxford volleyball team, but the Lady Jackets checked off one of their goals Tuesday night.

The Lady Jackets clinched the No. 1 seed and hosting rights for their area tournament when they beat Southside 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 25-27, 25-20). They also swept Oneonta 2-0 (25-17, 25-12).

Lakijah Brown returned to the Lady Jackets’ lineup after missing Monday night’s match and recorded 26 kills and seven digs in the two matches. Lisa Montgomery had nine, Kara King seven and Channing Gallahar four.

Cadie Burn dished 22 assists and Adrionna Foster had 19. Arianna Curry had 19 digs and Aamertia Wilson had 17.

The Lady Jackets (22-16) will play Pell City in its area tournament opener Oct. 13. Springville and Southside will play in the other semifinals. The winners advance to the subregionals.

“This year our team has definitely had its ups and downs,” Oxford assistant coach Rachel Poe said. “We have struggled with consistency, but our girls are fighters. We have been hustling, encouraging and playing together as a unit, and as a coach that is rewarding to see.

“They are making progress, and our goal is to continue to get better each day and work hard in order to be able to put everything together consistently once our season ‘starts’ in postseason play.”

Alexandria 3, White Plains 0

Lady Cubs coach Whitney Welch was not happy with the way her team’s night went Monday splitting with Jacksonville (win) and Donoho (loss) but it bounced back in a big way Tuesday.

Jordan Beason led the Lady Cubs with 11 kills. Lexi Weber had nine and Kandy Blakenship had six. Anna Johnson had 26 assists, Sarah Pelham had 10 digs, and Rylee Gattis had four kills and two blocks.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do still, but I feel good about getting there throughout this month’s push,” Welch said.

(Alexandria statistics)
KILLS: Jordan Beason 11, Anna Johnson 2, Sarah Pelham 1, Lexi Weber 9, TyShica Woodgett 2, Kandyn Blankenship 6, Rylee Gattis 4, Crossley Sparks 2, Lizbet Torres 2.
ASSISTS: Jordan Beason 1, Anna Johnson 26, Sarah Pelham 1, Lexi Weber 1.
ACES: Anna Johnson 2, Sarah Pelham 1, Lexi Weber 1, Kandyn Blankenship 1, Kaylee Smith 3.
DIGS: Anna Johnson 5, Sarah Pelham 10, Lexi Weber 1, TyShica Woodgett 3, Kandyn Blankenship 8, Blakeley Mobbs 1, Jolie Weathington 2, Kaylee Smith 1, Crossley Sparks 1, Ashley Wells 1.
BLOCKS: Lexi Weber 2, TyShica Woodgett 1, Rylee Gattis 2.

Pleasant Valley 3, Piedmont 0

The Lady Raiders won their second match in as many days back on the floor from quarantine in straight sets. Leah Patterson led PV (16-3) with 15 kills and three blocks. Lily Henry had eight kills, Allie Bryant had 20 digs and Rylee Haynes had five kills and 27 assists. 

(PV statistics)
KILLS: Leah Patterson 15, Madison Borders 4, Tori Turner 1, Lily Henry 8, Maddie Schwabe 1, Rylee Haynes 5.
ASSISTS: Rylee Haynes 27.
ACES: Leah Patterson 2, Madison Borders 2, Mattie Glass 1, Lily Henry 2, Maddie Schwabe 1, Rylee Haynes 1, Allie Bryant 2.
DIGS: Leah Patterson 8, Madison Borders 2, Tori Turner 1, Lily Henry 4, Maddie Schwabe 3, Rylee Haynes 9, Allie Bryant 20.
BLOCKS: Leah Patterson 3, Madison Borders 1, Tori Turner 2, Lily Henry 1.

Saks wins a pair

The Lady Wildcats evened their record to 7-7 with a pair of wins over ASD and Woodland. Sa’Nya Fleming led Saks with eight kills. Tamryn Pierce had five kills and four aces, and Stormy Nolan had six assists.

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