E.A. Sports Today

Tuesday volleyball

Alexandria wins epic match with Jacksonville, White Plains sweeps tri-match, Munford, Piedmont sweep area matches

Munford 3, Handley 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-19)
Piedmont 3, Weaver 0 (25-22, 25-6, 25-20)
Westbrook Christian 3, Ragland 0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-20)

Jacksonville, Geraldine at Alexandria
Alexandria 2, Geraldine 0 (25-14, 25-19)
Geraldine 2, Jacksonville 1 (22-25, 25-17, 15-13)
Alexandria 2, Jacksonville 1 (25-17, 23-25, 15-13)

Faith Christian, White Plains at Saks
White Plains 2, Saks 0 (25-15, 25-13)
White Plains 2, Faith Christian 1 (25-21, 18-25, 15-11)
Faith Christian 2, Saks 0

By East Alabama Sports Today

Alexandria and Jacksonville renewed their volleyball rivalry Tuesday night with a match that was as tight and intense as ever.

The Lady Cubs won 2-1, but Jacksonville didn’t go down without a fight. Alexandria won the first set 25-17 and led the second 20-8 before the Lady Golden Eagles rallied to win 25-23 and tie the match. Alexandria won the tiebreaker 15-13.

“We are working hard to get better,” Jacksonville coach David Clark said. “I was proud of their toughness Saturday and today. The young kids have to learn how to win.”

The emotion in the other camp was a little different. After the match there was a little running in store for the Lady Cubs.

Alexandria 2, Jacksonville 1

KILLS — Alexandria: Kailey Dickerson 14, Brie Troup 1, Eryn Spradley 8, Pressley Slaton 1, Ava Johnson 1, Lauren Weber 2, Madison Foster 1, Cassidy Hartsfield; Jacksonville: Abby Wilzcek 1, Caitlin Clark 9, Camryn Stone 4, Mya Swain 4, Sydney Soriano 1.
ASSISTS — Alexandria: Christian Hess 18, Pressley Slaton 5, Devan White 1; Jacksonville: Abby Wilzcek 14.
ACES — Alexandria: Kailey Dickerson 1, Brie Troup 2, Brenlee Sparks 2; Jacksonville: Caitlin Clark 1, Camryn Stone 2, Karli Barnwell 1, Keelie Leach 2.
DIGS — Alexandria: Kailey Dickerson 3, Eryn Spradley 1, Christian Hess 3, Devan White 4, Ava Johnson 3, Brenlee Sparks 2, Lauren Weber 1, Madison Foster 1, Clancy Bright 2; Jacksonville: Abby Wilzcek 1, Caitlin Clark 4, Camryn Stone 3, Karli Barnwell 6, Keelie Leach 1.
BLOCKS — Alexandria: Kailey Dickerson 1, Eryn Spradley 1, Cassidy Hartsfield; Jacksonville: Abby Wilzcek 1, Camryn Stone 4, Mya Swain 3.

Geraldine 2, Jacksonville 1

Abby Wilzcek514
Caitlin Clark79
Camryn Stone5122
Mya Swain 23
Carli Fritts1
Sydney Soriano411
Karli Barnwell18
Keelie Leach3
Jehenna Engram1

Alexandria 2, Geraldine 0

Kailey Dickerson83
Brie Troup61
Eryn Spradley6
Christian Hess1615
Devan White1221
Ava Johnson1331
Kirsten Heathcock11
Brenlee Sparks2
Cassidy Hartsfield11

Munford sweeps area match

Embracing the next man up philosophy, Munford played without senior captain Anijah Gladden for the first time, but they embraced the next man up mentality and stepped up to sweep Handley in an area match.

Gallden, who plays outside in all six of the Lady Lions’ rotations, was injured in a car accident Monday. Ellie Jones, who has experience at that spot, stepped up to deliver a team-high 10 kills. Aubrey Lathem also stepped up and passed well in Gladden’s absence.

“We had to make the last-minute change yesterday after our practice so the team had to make the adjustment for the first time during the game,” Lady Lions coach Destinee Briskey said. “The game was kind of sloppy, as to be expected, but they did good given the circumstances.”

While the timetable for their leader’s return is uncertain, the Lady Lions hope she’ll be back in time for Saturday’s tournament.

Kyleigh Hurst22522
Ashtyn Bishop1126
Ellie Jones1011
Blair Darby9221
Kaylyn Turner64
Alys Mosley221
Mylie Stephens41
Taite Brasher1
Aubrey Lathem2

Piedmont sweeps Weaver

WEAVER — Ta’Leaha Ridley and Jaycee Glover put up some big numbers to lead Piedmont’s 3-0 area sweep of Weaver. Ridley had 20 kills and Glover had 33 assists.

Ta’Leaha Ridley2031
Jaycee Glover331
Jenna Calvert612
Emma Grace Todd521
Armoni Perry422
Abby Baird2
Cayla Brothers8

White Plains grinds out sweep

White Plains has been fighting through some COVID-related issues of late, but the Lady Wildcats are grinding out their way. They beat Saks 2-0 and Faith Christian 2-1 Tuesday.

“The volleyball was not clean all the time but we took care of business,” White Plains coach Bradley Dawson said. “We got one starter back and lost another for the week, so I am just proud of the effort.

“We have people playing out of position, but they just keep stepping up to help the team. We were trying to figure out who the middle was going to be yesterday, but Macy Scism stepped up at practice and wanted the spot. In the last three matches she has played outside, opposite and now middle.”

Scism finished with six kills and six aces. Bella Higgins led White Plains with nine kills, six aces and seven digs. Cooper Martin had 10 kills and three aces. The Lady Wildcats had 29 aces as a team in their two matches, 16 against Saks.

“I think our effort is starting to become more consistent, so that helps with our level of play,” Dawson said.

Macy Scism665
Bella Higgins967
Braeton Moran42557
Leighton Arnold836
Cooper Martin103

Westbrook sweeps Ragland

Westbrook Christian (11-1) kept the ball alive and then put it away in sweeping Ragland 25-15, 25-20, 25-20. Marley Cox had a team-high 13 digs to go along with six kills. Raylee Neal had six kills, 11 digs and 18 assists. Kylee Wyatt had 11 digs.

Raylee Neal618311
Raegan Harrell825
Landri Lipscomb5221
Taylor Meador41
Kylee Wyatt11
Henley Beddingfield59
Marley Cox6113

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