E.A. Sports Today

Tuesday volleyball

Taylor returns to alma mater Jacksonville for first time as a coach, leaves with wins over Golden Eagles, Piedmont

Donoho coach Anna Taylor got strong play from her front row in Tuesday’s matches against Jacksonville and Piedmont. (Photos by B.J. Franklin)

Alexandria, Parker at Ramsay
Alexandria 2, Ramsay 0 (25-19, 25-13)
Alexandria 2, Parker 0 (25-11, 25-5)

Donoho, Piedmont at Jacksonville
Donoho 2, Jacksonville 0 (25-23, 25-16)
Donoho 2, Piedmont 0 (25-13, 25-12)
Piedmont 2, Jacksonville 0 (25-20, 25-23)

Munford, TCC at Winterboro
Munford 2, TCC 0 (25-10, 25-7)
Munford 2, Winterboro 0 (25-7, 25-11)

Ohatchee, Sand Rock at Glencoe
Ohatchee 2, Sand Rock 1 (27-25, 25-10, 15-10)
Ohatchee 2, Glencoe 0 (25-19, 25-23)

Saks, Springville at Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley 2, Saks 0 (25-9, 25-4)
Pleasant Valley 2, Springville 0 (25-17, 26-24)

Oxford 3, White Plains 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-18)
Cleburne County 3, Weaver 0
Wellborn 3, Faith Christian 0
Westbrook Christian 3, West End 0

By East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – Anna Taylor knew her way around the Jacksonville gym when she returned to her high school alma mater with the Donoho volleyball team Tuesday night, but she admitted it was a little strange walking in as a member of the opposing team.

Taylor returned to Jacksonville for the first time as head coach to face her old coach and her old team and got the best of the reunion, sweeping both the Lady Golden Eagles and Piedmont in the tri-match.

The Lady Falcons beat Jacksonville 25-23, 25-16, and Piedmont 25-13, 25-12. They are 7-1 on the season. In the third match of the night, Piedmont swept Jacksonville 25-20, 25-23.

“I definitely remembered the gym from when I played there, so I was ready to walk into what I remember, but when I went downstairs to take the opposing bench it was a very different feeling,” said Taylor, a 2001 Jacksonville grad. “It was almost like I don’t recognize this being on the other side. 

“I thought it’d be very familiar and it was when I was on the top, then when I walked down on the court it was different, that’s when it sort of set in.”

The Donoho coach might have had some high anxiety going into the match, but it didn’t translate to her team. Playing with what she called “very low energy when we started out,” the Lady Falcons were locked in a right first set.

They trailed consistently by three points for a while, then tied the set at 18, 19 and 20. They led 24-23 before closing it out on Jacksonville’s serve.

The Lady Falcons got strong play from their front line. Lily Grace Draper had 17 kills in the two matches, middle Estella Connell had 14 and Mary Marshall Perry had 10. Ryals Jones had six kills and three blocks, Draper had five aces and Sam Wakefield had 40 assists.

“It was definitely good to win,” Taylor said. “It was different being there playing against Coach (David) Clark, but I was glad we played our game at the end.”

KILLS – Lily Grace Draper 17, Ansley Simmons 2, Estella Connell 14, Ryals Jones 6, Mary Marshall Perry 10, Sam Wakefield 6, Hannah Sprayberry 1.
ASSISTS – Ansley Simmons 2, Ryals Jones 1, Sam Wakefield 40, Kate Williamon 1.
ACES – Lily Grace Draper 5, Sam Wakefield 2, Hannah Sprayberry 2, Blair Kitchen 2.
BLOCKS – Estella Connell 2, Ryals Jones 3, Mary Marshall Perry 1, Sam Wakefield 1.

(vs. Donoho)
KILLS – TaLeaha Ridley 4, Armoni Perry 1, Jenna Calvert 1, Carson Young 1, Casey Brothers 1.
ASSISTS – Jaycee Glover 6.
(vs. Jacksonville)
KILLS – Armoni Perry 9. TaLeaha Ridley 5, Jaycee Glover 1, Casey Brothers 1, Cayla Brothers 5.
ASSISTS – Jaycee Glover 13.
ACES – TaLeaha Ridley 2, Jaycee Glover 1.
DIGS – TaLeaha Ridley 1, Jaycee Glover 5.

Aces all over the place

WINTERBORO – Munford got its service game working and knocked down 36 aces in a pair of sweeps over Talladega County Central and Winterboro.

“We struggled behind the service line for a bit, then we made it a point to stay aggressive, but also smart,” Lady Lions coach Destinee Briskey said. “After that, the aces started rolling in.”

Kyleigh Hurst answered the challenge with 11 aces on 33 serves. Taite Brasher had six and Anijah Gladden and Ashtyn Bishop had five each. Gladden also had 12 kills and Hurst connected with the hitters for 27 assists.

KILLS – Kyleigh Hurst 2, Anijah Gladden 12, Ashtyn Bishop 1, Blair Darby 6, Kaylyn Turner 2, Alys Mosley 1, Mylie Stephens 2, Teriaunna Davis 1.
ASSISTS – Kyleigh Hurst 27 Anijah Gladden 2.
ACES – Kyleigh Hurst 11, Anijah Gladden 5, Ashtyn Bishop 5, Blair Darby 4, Taite Brasher 6, Alys Mosley 3.
DIGS – Anijah Gladden 1, Ashtyn Bishop 3, Blair Darby 1, 
BLOCKS – Kaylyn Turner 1, Mylie Stephens 1, Teriaunna Davis 1.

Alexandria sweeps pair on road

BIRMINGHAM – Alexandria kept the streak going with a pair of sweeps over Parker (25-11, 25-5) and host Ramsay (25-19, 25-13). The Lady Cubs improved to 7-0 and have won 17 straight sets to open the season.

PV stays unbeaten with home sweep

JACKSONVILLE – Lily Henry recorded 17 kills and seven kills and Maddie Schwabe had 14 kills and 14 assists as Pleasant Valley remained undefeated with a pair of sweeps over Saks and Springville. The Lady Raiders won the second set against Springville 26-24 to keep that match from going to the tiebreaker.

“We didn’t execute as well in Set 2, but the girls kept their composure and just kept putting one foot in front of the other until they finished,” PV coach Dana Bryant said.

KILLS – Lily Henry 17, Allie Bryant 5, Maddie Schwabe 14, Ellie Patterson 2, Madison Schwabe 3.
ASSISTS – Ella Parris 1, Allie Bryant 17, Maddie Schwabe 14, Madison Schwabe 1, Ellie Patterson 1.
ACES – Lily Henry 7, Ella Parris 3, Allie Bryant 1, Maddie Schwabe 4, Madison Schwabe 2, Madi Hay 1.
DIGS – Lily Henry 9, Ella Parris 3, Allie Bryant 5, Maddie Schwabe 7, Madison Schwabe 13, Madi Hay 5.
BLOCKS – Lily Henry 1, Ella Parris 2, Maddie Schwabe 1, Ellie Patterson 1.

Oxford gets White Plains again

Abbie Mitchell had seven kills and Payton Brooks as Oxford beat White Plains for the second time in four days. The Lady Jackets (2-4) beat the Lady Wildcats in five sets Saturday at Pleasant Valley.

“We just played together as a team,” Lady Jackets assistant coach Rachel Poe said. “We had some people in new positions and the girls moved better.”

JaMae Gaston – 5 digs
Payton Brooks – 8 digs, 13 assists
Abbie Mitchell – 7 kills, 2 digs
Sadie Grace Morrison – 3 digs, 2 blocks
Mileah Price – 4 kills, 1 block
Arilyn Pool – 6 digs, 2 aces

Ohatchee opens strong

GLENCOE – Jorda Crook scored 28 kills and had nine aces to lead a well-balanced attack that helped Ohatchee get its season off to a rousing start . The Lady Indians bounced back from a 27-25 loss in the first set to beat Sand Rock 2-1 and won a 25-23 25-23 second set from Glencoe to sweep that match.

Alanah Fitch had a full box score with 10 kills, 22 assists and four aces. Ellie Carden had 24 digs and four aces. Gracyn Snow and Rebecca Henderson had seven kills apiece and Hannah Fitch had 19 assists and nine digs.

Westbrook’s youth serves

WALNUT GROVE – Freshmen setter Raylee Neal had a big night with 18 assists, three kills, two aces and six digs to help Westbrook Christian sweep West End 3-0 for its third straight win — all on the road. Junior outside hitter Raegan Harrell had six kills, freshman middle hitter Landri Lipscomb delivered five aces and sophomore Kylee Wyatt kept the ball alive with 13 digs.

The Lady Warriors’ first nine varsity dates of the season are on the road. They open area play Thursday night at Glencoe. Their home opener is Sept. 13 against Ashville and Southside.

KILLS – Raylee Neal 3, Raegan Harrell 6, Landri Lipscomb 3, Taylor Meador 5, Marley Cox 2.
ASSISTS – Raegan Harrell 18.
ACES – Raylee Neal 2, Raegan Harrell 1, Kylee Wyatt 1, Landri Lipscomb 5, Marley Cox 3.
DIGS – Raylee Neal 6, Kylee Wyatt 13, Marley Cox 7.
BLOCKS – Raegan Harrell 1.

Cleburne County 3, Weaver 0

WEAVER – The Lady Bearcats played another top-flight opponent close, but are still looking for that magic to close. They fell to Cleburne County 25-11, 25-23, 27-25.

KILLS – Jada Harrington 7, Jada Lilio 3, Madison Atchley 6, McKenley Davis 2, Peyton Marvesty 1, McKennah Homesley 3.
ASSISTS – Alana Cooper 14, Jada Harrington 2.
ACES – Gracie Duncan 1, Madison Atchley 1.
DIGS – Alana Cooper 5, Allie Watson 11, Gracie Duncan 15, Jada Harrington 10, Jada Lilio 3, Madison Atchley 7, Sydney Bitzer 17.
BLOCKS – Alana Cooper 1, Jada Lilio 1, McKenley Davis 1, McKennah Homesley 2.

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