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Pulling together

Volleyball roundup: Pleasant Valley ‘adjusts’ to outduel Piedmont in five sets; Donoho sweeps on Senior Night, Alexandria wins twice in return and more

Alexandria 2, Chelsea 0
Alexandria 3, Lincoln 0
Donoho 3, Faith Christian 0
Munford 2, Clay Central 0
Ohatchee 2, Woodland 0
Pleasant Valley 3, Piedmont 2
Sylacauga 2, Munford 0
Wellborn 2, Ohatchee 1

By East Alabama Sports Today

Pleasant Valley bounced back from an opening-set loss and won an intense fifth set to beat Piedmont 3-2 Thursday night and maintain the balance of power in Class 3A Area 11 volleyball.

The Lady Raiders dropped the opening set 25-22, won the next two 25-21, 25-16, then lost a tight fourth set 26-24 before winning the clincher 15-13.

Rylee Haynes scored 26 kills and had a .392 attack percentage for PV and Rebekah Gannaway was solid on the backline with 28 digs. 

“We didn’t have all our starters tonight, so the girls had to adjust and battle through,” PV coach Dana Bryant said. “They pulled together and played hard.”

Jaycee Glover led Piedmont with 25 assists, 15 digs and three aces. Lele Ridley had nine kills and six dogs.

KILLS – PV: Lily Henry 11, Rylee Haynes 26, Allie Bryant 13, Maddie Schwabe 5, Tori Turner 3, Madi Hay 1. Piedmont: Jaycee Glover 2, Z’Hayla Walker 4, Lele Ridley 9, Emma Grace Todd 6, Jenna Calvert 6, Casey Brothers 1.
ASSISTS – PV: Rylee Haynes 16, Allie Bryant 19, Madi Hay 1. Piedmont: Jaycee Glover 25.
ACES – PV: Lily Henry 1, Allie Bryant 3, Maddie Schwabe 2. Piedmont: Jaycee Glover 3, Z’Hayla Walker 1, Lele Ridley 1, Emma Grace Todd 1.
DIGS – PV: Lily Henry 13, Rylee Haynes 14, Allie Bryant 8, Maddie Schwabe 15, Tori Turner 5, Madi Hay 14, Rebekah Gannaway 28. Piedmont: Jaycee Glover 15, Z’Hayla Walker 6, Lele Ridley 6, Emma Grace Todd 4, Jenna Calvert 9, Cayla Brothers 5, Casey Brothers 6.
BLOCKS – PV: Lily Henry 2, Rylee Haynes 2, Allie Bryant 1, Maddie Schwabe 1, Tori Turner 4, Madi Hay 1. Piedmont: Z’Hayla Walker 2, Lele Ridley 1, Casey Brothers 1.

Libero Naira Rehman (3) and Ayesha Siddiqua were two of six volleyball seniors Donoho recognized Thursday night. They combined for 20 digs in a 3-0 sweep of Faith Christian. (Photos by B.J. Franklin)

Senior Night sweep

Donoho celebrated its Senior Night with a 3-0 area sweep of Faith Christian, 25-12, 25-12, 25-16.

All six of the Lady Falcons’ seniors contributed and combined for 12 kills, 23 digs, eight aces and four blocks. Maggie Wakefield was strong at the net with five kills and four blocks, Naira Rehman had 12 digs and three aces, and Yana Osovska had five kills and two aces.

“It was a good senior night matchup,” Donoho coach Jamie Clendenin said. “Senior wise, I was glad to get everybody in and give them a taste against a big crowd.”

This senior class has gone 128-53 over the last four years under Clendenin, been part of a state championship and a state runner-up the last two seasons and are currently ranked No. 1 in Class 1A this season with a 20-2 record.

“You look at the year we won state, for the majority of these girls it was their first year on varsity,” Clendenin said. “This senior-heavy group is pretty much what put Donoho back where it traditionally had been. Just a good group of kids.”

KILLS – Donoho: Lily Grace Draper 6, Maggie Wakefield 5, Mercy Mangum 2, Mary Marshall Perry 4, Estella Connell 1, Yana Osovska 5, Ansley Simmons 1, Sam Wakefield 1.
ASSISTS – Donoho: Sam Wakefield 26, Naira Rehman 1.
ACES – Donoho: Lily Grace Draper 4, Mercy Mangum 3, Yana Osovska 2, Naira Rehman 3.
DIGS – Donoho: Lily Grace Draper 3, Maggie Wakefield 2, Sam Wakefield 5, Naira Rehman 12, Ayesha Siddiqua 8, Hanna Sprayberry 1, Anastasia Budrevich 1.
BLOCKS – Donoho: Maggie Wakefield 4, Mary Marshall Perry 2.

Alexandria gets 2

The time off paid off.

Alexandria coach Whitney Welch gave her Lady Cubs volleyball team the weekend off at the end of an emotional week and when they returned to the floor Thursday for the first time in a week they looked a lot crisper.

They swept Chelsea, the No. 4 team in Class 6A, 25-16, 25-21, handing the Lady Hornets only their second loss of the season, and then won their area opener over Lincoln, 25-17, 25-17, 25-8.

“We’ve gotten better this week for sure,” Welch said. “We controlled the ball really well tonight, which helped us offensively, and we also blocked well.

“We had a great few days of practice and I feel that we are playing much more fluidly at the moment. We’ve just got to keep it up.”

Alexandria, the No. 4 team in 5A, is now 12-5.

KILLS – Kailey Dickerson 5, Kandyn Blakenship 1, Blakeley Mobbs 1, Lexi Weber 12, Crossley Sparks 1, Brie Troup 1.
ASSISTS – Crossley Sparks 14.
ACES – Kailey Dickerson 1, Kandyn Blakenship 2, Blakeley Mobbs 1, Lexi Weber 2, Devan White 1.
DIGS – Kailey Dickerson 4, Kandyn Blakenship 3, Lexi Weber 1, Crossley Sparks 4, Devan White 3, Ava Johnson 4, Brie Troup 2.
BLOCKS – Lexi Weber 4, Crossley Sparks 1.

KILLS – Alexandria: Kailey Dickerson 3, Kandyn Blakenship 3, Blakeley Mobbs 2, Lexi Weber 10, Devan White 2, Brie Troup 3, Ashley Wells 7, Abby Prichard 2, Madison Foster 2, Lauren Weber 1.
ASSISTS – Alexandria: Crossley Sparks 15, Devan White 1, Christian Hess 13.
ACES – Alexandria: Kailey Dickerson 1, Blakeley Mobbs 1, Crossley Sparks 1, Devan White 2, Christian Hess 1, Ashley Wells 1, Madison Foster 1, Lauren Weber 1.
DIGS – Alexandria: Kailey Dickerson 2, Crossley Sparks 1, Devan White 2, Ava Johnson 3, Brie Troup 2, Chloe Gattis 1, Lauren Weber 1.
BLOCKS – Alexandria: Blakeley Mobbs 1, Lexi Weber 3, Brie Troup 1, Madison Foster 2.

Munford splits pair

SYLACAUGA – Munford took down Clay Central in straight sets 25-14, 25-19, then fell to host Sylacauga 25-22, 25-22.

Ellie Rose Jones led the Lady Lions with seven kills, 10 digs and an ace. Kirsten Rogers had seven aces and seven digs. Kaylyn Turner had six kills and two blocks. Kyleigh Hurst had 14 assists and nine digs, and Mekiah Mosley had 15 digs.

The Lady Lions return to action Saturday in the Champions Play Here Tournament. Action starts at Champions Sports Academy at 8 a.m.

POOL A – Hokes Bluff, Oxford, Sand Rock, Weaver.
POOL B – Pleasant Valley, Westbrook Christian, Munford, White Plains.

KILLS – Kirsten Rogers 1, Kelsey Goodson 2, Kaylyn Turner 6, Ellie Rose Jones 7, Kyleigh Hurst 1, Layla Tyus 3.
ASSISTS – Kyleigh Hurst 14.
ACES – Kirsten Rogers 7, Kelsey Goodson 2, Ellie Rose Jones 1, Mekiah Mosley 3. 
DIGS – Kirsten Rogers 7, Kelsey Goodson 8, Ellie Rose Jones 10, Kyleigh Hurst 9, Mekiah Mosley 15, Layla Tyus 1.
BLOCKS – Kaylyn Turner 2, Layla Tyus 2. 

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