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Class 2A State Championship

St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Winston County 0
   
The Wildcats faced three set point serves in the first game at Bill Harris Arena Thursday morning to pull out a 28-26  win, then followed that momentum with dominating 25-11, 25-13 sets to beat Winston County 3-0 to capture the Mobile school’s first ever state volleyball championship.
    The Class 2A finals kicked off Championship Thursday as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships got the first of seven finals underway.
    Elizabeth Thompson, a 6-foot senior middle hitter for St. Luke’s (46-14), spearheaded a strong front line attack  with nine kills and five block assists to earn Class 2A state tournament MVP honors.  Natalie Bonner and Jada Carney added 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for Coach Meredith Donald’s Wildcats. Setter Brooke Threlkeld had 21 assists and Kellan Hensley had 21 digs.
    Winston County (28-16), coached by Tiffany Cole, was led by Andrea Jacques’ nine kills and Saige Blanton’s eight.  Macy Green also recorded 17 assists and Jacques added 17 digs.
    Class 2A All-Tourney Team
   
Elizabeth Thompson, St. Luke’s Episcopal (MVP); Kellan Hensley, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Brooke Threlkeld, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Natalie Bonner, St. Luke’s Episcopal; Saige Blanton, Winston County; Andrea Jacques, Winston County; Ashley Sharff, Altamont.

Finals set for 46th AHSAA Volleyball State Championships

  
    BIRMINGHAM – Hoover and Mountain Brook advanced to the 7A state finals as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at the CrossPlex moved into the semifinals Wednesday night.
    Bayside Academy won its semifinal match and moved into the finals for the 15th straight year in Class 3A to face South Super Regional rival Providence Christian.
    Other finals set include: Alexandria and St. Paul’s Episcopal in Class 5A; defending champion Spanish Fort and Hazel Green in 6A; Winston County and St. Luke’s Episcopal in Class 2A; Saint James versus Madison Academy in 4A; Addison and Decatur Heritage in 1A.
     Recaps of the semifinal matches are below:

Class 7A Semifinals
   Hoover 3, Huntsville 0: Coach Chris Camper’s Lady Bucs (39-14) clawed out a tough 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over Huntsville (38-11) at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday afternoon to advance to the AHSAA Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament finals. Hoover will meet two-time defending state champion Mountain Brook in the championship match Thursday at Bill Harris Arena next door at 2 p.m. All finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
   Leading Hoover were Kenya Hunter and Nora Webster with 11 kills each. Paige Shaw added nine kills and six digs and Hunter added six blocks. Sabrina Duncan’s 13 kills led Huntsville. Savannah Combs also had 19 digs and Hannah Barrett added 12 assists.
   Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 1: Emmy Kilgore’s 22 kills led the Spartans (43-8) to the 7A finals with a 25-20, 24-26, 28-26, 25-20 triumph over McGill-Toolen. Lacey Jeffcoat added three service aces and 35 digs and setter Libby Grace Gann had 50 assists, 15 digs and three kills for Mountain Brook. Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team will be making their third straight Class 7A state championship match appearance with Thursday’s finals versus Hoover.
   McGill-Toolen (49-10), the 2015 state runner-up, had strong front-row play from Shaunta Battle, Jaylen Daffen and Kirsten Carter. The trio had 10, 9 and 9 kills, respectively. Sofia Bruno added 24 digs and Lillie Fromdahl had 24 assists.

Class 6A Semifinals
   Spanish Fort 3, Hartselle 1: Defending state champion Spanish Fort (58-4), coached by Gretchen Boykin, beat the Tigers (68-12) in four sets 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 advancing to  Thursday’s Class 6A championship match versus Hazel Green at 4 p.m. at Bill Harris Arena on the CrossPlex campus.
    Carley Hamric and Savannah Lee each had 16 kills for the Toros. Lee also had 21 digs, and Reilly Vought recorded 37 assists.
     Leading Hartselle was Megan Zuck with 19 kills and 32 digs. Hayden Hanserd added 15 kills while setter Gabrielle Bili dished out 44 assists.
Class 5A Semifinals
   Alexandria 3, St. John Paul II Catholic 1: Senior Tori Rae Stillwell and junior Taylor Spradley dominated inside with 16 kills and 15 kills, respectively, as Coach Whitney Welch’s Valley Cubs (48-9) beat St. John Paul II Catholic 25-13, 25-11, 22-25, 25-19. Alexandria moves to the Class 5A finals to face St. Paul’s Episcopal. The 5A championship match will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bill Harris Arena.
    Gracie Muncher had six service aces and 42 assists, and Kinsley Gregoria had 19 digs.
    Setter Madison Lozen had 30 assists, Alex Pressnell had 19 digs and seven kills, and Marissa Koch added 10 kills for the Falcons (39-27).
    St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Lawrence County 1: Seniors Konner Wilks and Mary Scott Hollingsworth paced St. Paul’s (43-7) to a 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-15 victory in the other Class 5A semifinal. Wilks had 29 digs while Hollingsworth had 13 kills, two blocks and 20 digs for Coach Lisa Marston’s Saints.
    Lawrence County (46-14) was led by Ally Craig’s 10 kills and eight blocks. Bradee Garner also had eight kills and eight blocks and setter Laekyn Bennett had 35 assists.

Class 4A Semifinals
   Saint James 3, Jacksonville 1: The Trojans (35-10) moved to the Class 4A finals with a 25-18, 25-18, 19-25, 26-24 victory over Jacksonville. They advance to the 4A finals Thursday at noon to face Madison Academy.
     Senior Sydney Stone and sophomores Carson Ann Crow and Hannah Dailey had 11, 10 and 10 kills respectively for Saint James, coached by Karen Lee. Samantha White had 31 assists and Emily Poundstone had 22.  Jacksonville finished its season 43-12.
   Madison Academy 3, Danville 2: The Mustangs (44-20), moving up to 4A this season, advanced to Thursday’s Class 4A finals thanks in part to a super performance from outside hitter Abby Brooks. The junior had 25 kills and 34 digs, and Emma Wade had 35 digs and 29 assists. Macy Moore also had 10 kills for Coach Mandy Kerce’s Mustangs.
    Shelby Ziegler and Mikayla Koins had 20 and 19 kills, respectively. Ziegler also had a first-day state-tournament high 12 blocks. Courtney Watts recorded 46 assists.


Class 3A Semifinals
   Bayside Academy 3, West Morgan 0: Coach Ann Schilling’s Lady Admirals (56-5) kept their hopes of a 15th straight state championship alive with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-14 sweep of West Morgan (40-22) in the Class 3A semifinals. The win sends Bayside, which has won eight Class 3A state championships in a row after capturing six Class 2A state titles from 2001-2007, against Providence Christian in Thursday’s finals at 6 p.m. at Bill Harris Arena.
    Lauren Chastang had 14 kills and 14 digs for Bayside, also seeking its 25th state title overall, and Ansley Dailey added 29 assists. Ariel Dulaney also served five aces and had eight kills. West Morgan’s Savannah Stephenson led the Rebels with eight kills and 11 digs.
   Providence Christian 3, Carbon Hill 0:  Coach Bill Oldfield’s Eagles (45-8) set up another showdown with Bayside in the state finals with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-16 win over Carbon Hill (69-9).  Providence, moving up from 2A to 3A this season, met Bayside in the South Super Regional finals last weekend.
   Ashlyn Byrd had 34 assists and Hannah Harris had 26 kills in the win. Autumn Mayes also had 23 digs. Carbon Hill, coached by Saige Beaty, got nine kills and 13 digs from sophomore Lacey Evans and 18 assists from Molly Kate Atkins.

Class 2A Semifinals
   Winston County 3, Fyffe 2: The Yellow Jackets (28-15), coached by Tiffany Cole, won the five-set marathon 20-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-10, 15-13 to advance to Thursday’s Class 2A finals versus St. Luke’s Episcopal. The 2A finals will kick off Championship Thursday at Bill Harris Arena with the first championship match at 8 a.m.
    Saige Blanton led Winston County with 19 kills and 20 digs. Andrea Jacques had 24 digs and eight fills, Presley Billups added nine kills and 19 digs, and Macy Green distributed 43 assists.
     Fyffe finished its season (33-13).
   St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Altamont 2: Coach Meredith McDonald’s Wildcats  (45-14) pulled out the 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13 victory coming from a 2-1 deficit to reach the 2A finals. Natalie Bonner had 12 kills and eight blocks, Kellan Hensley and Jordan Odom had  32 and 30 digs, respectively, and Brooke Threlkeld  recorded 21 assists.
   Altamont (28-5) got 41 assists from Ashley Sharff. Abby Sharff had 62 digs and 16 kills.

Class 1A Semifinals
   Addison 3, Isabella 0: Addison won the Class 2A state championship in 2015, moved down to 1A this season and will be playing for the Class 1A title Thursday night after its 25-19, 25-19, 25-10 win over Isabella in Wednesday’s semifinals.
   Coach Kayla Woodard’s Bulldogs (42-19) will face Decatur Heritage in the finals at Bill Harris Arena. The 5,500-seat facility is adjoined to the Birmingham CrossPlex where all the first-day action took place.
    Abbie Chambless had 13 kills and Allie Chambless had 10 to lead Addison. Abbie also had 11digs and Savannah Manley had 12 blocks, which tied for most in a match in all seven classifications Wednesday.  Maison Evans served four aces and led with 18 digs.
   Isabella (37-4), coached by Glen Graham, was led by Hailey Underwood’s 13 digs. Synia Chattman had five blocks and Kinley Tuttle had four.
   Decatur Heritage 3, Donoho 1: The Eagles (45-10) of Coach Kelly Garland  reeled off the last 14 points of the final set to thwart a Donoho comeback and captured the other finals slot 20-25, 25-11, 25-12, 25-14.
    Trailing 14-11 in the fourth set, senior Kayla Grimes took over at the net as Decatur Heritage closed out the win on a 14-0 run. She finished the match with 28 kills and seven blocks. Teammate Timara Bowers was also dominant inside with 22 kills and three blocks.  Setter Kaitlyn Cheatham had 56 assists and 25 digs.
    Katie Brown led Donoho (33-19), coached by Janice Slay, with 44  assists and 31 digs. Madison Gaines and Peyton Suco added 16 and 10 kills, respectively. Suco also had 27 digs.


Finals set for 7A, 5A and 2A at the 46th AHSAA Volleyball State Championships

   BIRMINGHAM – Hoover and Mountain Brook advanced to the 7A state finals as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at the CrossPlex moved into the semifinals Wednesday night.
    Alexandria and St. Paul’s Episcopal posted Class 5A semifinal wins while Winston County and St. Luke’s Episcopal squeaked out five-set win in the Class 2A semifinals.
     Class 1A, 3A, 4A and 6A semifinals were underway at 6 p.m.

Class 7A Semifinals
   Hoover 3, Huntsville 0: Coach Chris Camper’s Lady Bucs (39-14) clawed out a tough 25-22, 25-22, 25-21 win over Huntsville (38-11) at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday afternoon to advance to the AHSAA Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament finals. Hoover will meet two-time defending state champion Mountain Brook in the championship match Thursday at Bill Harris Arena next door at 2 p.m. All finals will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network.
   Leading Hoover were Kenya Hunter and Nora Webster with 11 kills each. Paige Shaw added nine kills and six digs and Hunter added six blocks. Sabrina Duncan’s 13 kills led Huntsville. Savannah Combs also had 19 digs and Hannah Barrett added 12 assists.
   Mountain Brook 3, McGill-Toolen 1: Emmy Kilgore’s 22 kills led the Spartans (43-8) to the 7A finals with a 25-20, 24-26, 28-26, 25-20 triumph over McGill-Toolen. Lacey Jeffcoat added three service aces and 35 digs and setter Libby Grace Gann had 50 assists, 15 digs and three kills for Mountain Brook. Coach Haven O’Quinn’s team will be making their third straight Class 7A state championship match appearance with Thursday’s finals versus Hoover.
   McGill-Toolen (49-10), the 2015 state runner-up, had strong front-row play from Shaunta Battle, Jaylen Daffen and Kirsten Carter. The trio had 10, 9 and 9 kills, respectively. Sofia Bruno added 24 digs and Lillie Fromdahl had 24 assists.

Class 5A Semifinals
   Alexandria 3, St. John Paul II Catholic 1: Senior Tori Rae Stillwell and junior Taylor Spradley dominated inside with 16 kills and 15 kills, respectively, as Coach Whitney Welch’s Valley Cubs (48-9) beat St. John Paul II Catholic 25-13, 25-11, 22-25, 25-19. Alexandria moves to the Class 5A finals to face St. Paul’s Episcopal. The 5A championship match will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bill Harris Arena.
    Gracie Muncher had six service aces and 42 assists, and Kinsley Gregoria had 19 digs.
    Setter Madison Lozen had 30 assists, Alex Pressnell had 19 digs and seven kills, and Marissa Koch added 10 kills for the Falcons (39-27).
    St. Paul’s Episcopal 3, Lawrence County 1: Seniors Konner Wilks and Mary Scott Hollingsworth paced St. Paul’s (43-7) to a 25-21, 20-25, 25-16, 25-15 victory in the other Class 5A semifinal. Wilks had 29 digs while Hollingsworth had 13 kills, two blocks and 20 digs for Coach Lisa Marston’s Saints.
    Lawrence County (46-14) was led by Ally Craig’s 10 kills and eight blocks. Bradee Garner also had eight kills and eight blocks and setter Laekyn Bennett had 35 assists.

Class 2A Semifinals
   Winston County 3, Fyffe 2: The Yellow Jackets (28-15), coached by Tiffany Cole, won the five-set marathon 20-25, 25-12, 22-25, 25-10, 15-13 to advance to Thursday’s Class 2A finals versus St. Luke’s Episcopal. The 2A finals will kick off Championship Thursday at Bill Harris Arena with the first championship match at 8 a.m.
    Saige Blanton led Winston County with 19 kills and 20 digs. Andrea Jacques had 24 digs and eight fills, Presley Billups added nine kills and 19 digs, and Macy Green distributed 43 assists.
     Fyffe finished its season (33-13).
   St. Luke’s Episcopal 3, Altamont 2: Coach Meredith McDonald’s Wildcats  (45-14) pulled out the 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13 victory coming from a 2-1 deficit to reach the 2A finals. Natalie Bonner had 12 kills and eight blocks, Kellan Hensley and Jordan Odom had  32 and 30 digs, respectively, and Brooke Threlkeld  recorded 21 assists.
   Altamont (28-5) got 41 assists from Ashley Sharff. Abby Sharff had 62 digs and 16 kills.


46th Annual State Volleyball Championships Commence Wednesday at Birmingham CrossPlex

    BIRMINGHAM – Four defending state champions will be in the 56-team field as the 46th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships get underway at the Birmingham CrossPlex Wednesday morning.
     Eight teams will be competing in each of the seven classifications Wednesday with quarterfinal and semifinal matches set to be completed. State champions will be crowned in the championship matches Thursday at Bill Harris Arena next door. All championship matches will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network.
      Class 3A Bayside Academy (54-5) will be going after its 14th consecutive state title and 24th volleyball championship overall. Coach Ann Schilling’s Lady Admirals take on Plainview (36-11) at 11 a.m. in their first match of the 3A eight-team bracket. Among the strongest challengers are North Super Regional champion Carbon Hill and South Super Regional runner-up Providence Christian (43-8).
      Other defending champions in the field are two-time 7A champion Mountain Brook (41-8), Class 6A Spanish Fort (56-4) and Addison (40-19), the 2A state champs in 2015. The Bulldogs of Coach Kayla Woodard are competing this season in Class 1A.
    Six runners-up from 2015 are also in the field: Class 7A McGill-Toolen Catholic; Class 4A Saint James; Class 5A Lawrence County; Class 1A Donoho; Class 4A Madison Academy and Class 3A Providence Christian, which competed last season in Class 3A and Class 2A, respectively.
    Matches begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday with two 7A matches, two 2A matches and two 5A matches.  First-round matches will be followed by semifinals beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Classes 7A, 2A and 5A; at 5:30 p.m. in Classes 4A, 2A and 5A; and at 7:30 for Class 1A.
    The championship matches Thursday will be at two-hour intervals beginning with Class 2A at 8 a.m.; 3A at 10 a.m.; 4A at noon; 7A at 2 p.m.; 6A at 4 p.m., 3A at 6 p.m.; and 1A at 8 p.m.
    Last year’s state tournament set an AHSAA record for attendance.
    In addition to the NFHS Network broadcasts on Thursday, two NFHS Network school broadcast programs (McGill-Toolen and Jacksonville) plan to live-stream matches involving their teams in Class 7A and 4A, respectively.
    First-round pairings:

AHSAA VOLLEYBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
At CrossPlex, Birmingham
Wednesday, Oct. 26 Schedule

(Check brackets at  www.ahsaa.com for courts and times)

CLASS 1A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Sacred Heart Catholic (24-24) vs. S-1: Isabella (36-3)
S-3: Pleasant Home (21-8) vs. N-2: Addison (40-19)
S-4: Kinston (17-14) vs. N-1: Decatur Heritage (43-10)
N-3: Donoho (33-17) vs. S-2: Ragland (23-16)

CLASS 2A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Ider (17-25) vs. S-1: St. Luke’s Episcopal (43-14)
S-3: New Brockton (20-14) vs. N-2: Altamont (22-4)
S-4: Washington County (23-3)  vs. N-1: Winston County (26-15)
N-3: Fyffe (33-12) vs. S-2: Goshen (22-21)

CLASS 3A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Plainview (36-11) vs. S-1: Bayside Academy (54-5)
S-3: T.R. Miller (27-9) vs. N-2: West Morgan (39-21)
S-4: Straughn (34-6) vs. N-1: Carbon Hill (68-8)
N-3: Lexington (53-3) vs. S-2: Providence Christian (43-8)

CLASS 4A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Deshler (42-13) vs. S-1: Saint James (33-10)
S-3: Saks (33-20)  vs. N-2: Jacksonville (42-11)
S-4: Andalusia (20-15) vs. N-1: Madison Academy (42-20)
N-3: Danville (37-23) vs. S-2: Alabama Christian (33-16)

CLASS 5A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Guntersville (30-28) vs. S-1: St.  Paul’s Episcopal (41-7)
S-3: Briarwood Christian (19-22) vs. N-2: Lawrence County (45-13)
S-4: Rehobeth (31-9) vs. N-1: St. John Paul II Catholic (38-26)
N-3: Alexandria (46-9) vs. S-2: Faith Academy (24-17)

CLASS 6A
Quarterfinal Pairings
N-4: Oxford (40-17) vs. S-1: Spanish Fort (56-4)
S-3: Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (44-6) vs. N-2: Hartselle (67-11)
S-4: Blount (14-8) vs. N-1: Hazel Green (53-10)
N-3: Walker (55-11) vs. S-2: Daphne (35-16)

CLASS 7A
Quarterfinal Pairings
First Round
N-4:Oak Mountain (28-18) vs. S-1: McGill-Toolen Catholic (48-9)
S-3: Murphy (38-12) vs. N-2: Mountain Brook (41-8)
S-4: Prattville (27-19) vs. N-1: Huntsville (37-10)
N-3: Hoover (37-14) vs. S-2: Enterprise (30-14)

THURSDAY SCHEDULE
Championship Matches
Bill Harris Arena
Class 2A Finals          8 a.m.
Class 5A Finals          10 a.m.
Class 4A Finals          noon
Class 7A Finals          2 p.m.
Class 6A Finals          4 p.m.

Class 3A Finals          6 p.m.
Class 1A Finals          8 p.m.


South Girls Beat North 3-0 In North-South Volleyball Action

     MONTGOMERY – The South All-Stars swept past the North 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 to win the AHSAA North-South Volleyball All-Star match at Auburn-Montgomery University Gymnasium Thursday afternoon. The all-star competition is hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
      The North holds a 13-6 edge in the series dating back to 1997.
      The South, coached by Bayside Academy’s Ann Schilling and Murphy’s Nancy Shoquist, registered 38 kills to the North’s 26. A big reason was South MVP Lauren Chastang of Bayside Academy. She totaled six kills, seven digs and one service ace in a strong performance. Ariel Dulaney of Bayside added nine kills and Bentley Odom of Murphy contributed seven.
    Setter MaryRen Stevenson dished out 18 assists, served two aces and had seven digs. Ashlyn Byrd of Providence Christian also had 11 assists for the South.
    North MVP Hannah Barrett of Huntsville had 12 assists and four digs. Caroline Davies and Mary Jordan Kilgore, both of Mountain Brook, had five kills each. Kilgore also had five digs and Megan Zuck of Hartselle had three kills and seven assists.
    The North was coached by Ryan Roberson of Brooks and Ginny McMillan of Mountain  Brook. The South victory gave the girls a split in all-star competition for the week with the North taking soccer and softball and the South winning volleyball and basketball.
AHSAA SUMMER CONFERENCE NOTES: Friday’s schedule at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center will be highlighted by a mandatory Medical Advisory Board session dealing with current health and safety issues and a mandatory meeting for all schools dealing with AHSAA membership concerns.   
     The Star Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon will recognize 76 high schools that were fine and ejection free for the 2015-16 school year. The day will conclude with the Championship Coaches Banquet Friday night honoring all coaches winning state championships in 2015-16 as well as seven individuals selected as the AHSAA Making A Difference Award recipients for 2016. Ten students from the Class of 2016 will also receive AHSADCA Coaches’ Children Scholarships, and Kirk Norris, basketball coach and athletic director at Georgiana High School, will be honored as the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. NFHS Section 3 and State Coaches of the year will also be recognized.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange will be the keynote speaker.
     The Championship Coaches Banquet is being live-streamed by the NFHS Network over its subscriber-based webcast. For more information, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.

2016 North-South Volleyball All-Star Teams, Coaches Named

     Twenty-four outstanding junior volleyball players from across the state have been named to the North-South squads for the 20th annual AHSAA Summer Conference and AHSADCA All-Star Games competition in Montgomery July 18-22, according to an announcement by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
      The two volleyball teams, selected by the AHSADCA Volleyball Coaches’ Selection Committee,
will square off on Thursday, July 21, at Faulkner University’s Tine Davis Gymnasium at 4 p.m.     
     The AHSADCA All-Star Games also include in-state all-star games in boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball and softball. The 56th North-South All-Star football game will also be played July 22 at Cramton Bowl with at 7 p.m. kickoff.
      The AHSAA Summer Conference is a week-long event that includes sports’ specific clinics and special sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleading coaches and officials. Also, an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week.
      Among the conference’s highlights will be the Sportsmanship Luncheon honoring all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2015-16 school year and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet that includes the naming of the 2015-16 Making A Difference Award Recipients,  Coaches of the Year, and the AHSADCA Athletic Director of the Year. Both banquets will be Friday, July 22.  Concluding the week will be the Officials Awards Banquet set for July 23 at noon.
      Coaching the North Volleyball All-Stars will be Ryan Robinson of 2015 Class 4A state champion Brooks High School (44-10) and Ginny McMillan of 2015 Class 6A state runner-up John Carroll Catholic (34-10). McMillan’s team won the 6A state crown in 2014. Administrative coach is Randolph’s Sue Marshall.   
     South coaches are Ann Schilling of Bayside Academy (40-7) and Nancy Shoquist of Murphy. Schilling’s Lady Admirals won the 2015 Class 3A state title – the school’s 14th straight state championship and an AHSAA state record. Shoquist is a member of the AHSAA’s elite 1,000-win club – registering her 1,000th career coaching win in 2012.   Virginia Franklin of Carver-Montgomery is the South administrative coach.
       The North won last summer’s competition 27-25, 25-23, 25-21 to improve to 14-5 in the series that began in 1997.
        Among the volleyball players selected on the South squad are 2015 Class 6A state tournament MVP Carley Hamric, a middle hitter for Spanish Fort, and 2015 Class 3A MVP Lauren Chastang of Bayside Academy, an outside hitter. Libero Sofia Bruno of McGill-Toolen Catholic helped the Dirty Dozen finish second in Class 7A last season.
       Among the all-stars selected for the North are middle blocker Caroline Davies and outside hitter Mary Jordan Kilgore of Class 7A state champion Mountain Brook. Setter/outside hitter Julia Shoemake of Randolph and libero Halee Thomas of Brooks helped their teams win the 5A and 4A state titles, respectively, in 2015.
               The teams include:
2016 North-South Volleyball All-Star Rosters

NORTH ALL-STAR TEAM
Name                          School                                     Position
Hannah Barrett           Huntsville                           Setter
Caroline Davies           Mountain Brook                   MB
Sabrina Duncan           Huntsville                          Setter/OH
Kate Hammond           Arab                                  Setter
Mary Catherine Hart    John Carroll Catholic              MB
Mary Jordan Kilgore     Mountain Brook                    OH
Olivia Portera             Hoover                               Libero
Brooke Sanford           Hazel Green                        OH
Julia Shoemake           Randolph                            Setter/OH
Halee Thomas             Brooks                               Libero
Rhianna Tyldesley        Hewitt-Trussville                  MB
Megan Zuck               Hartselle                             OH
COACHES
Ryan Roberson            Brooks
Ginny McMillan          John Carroll Catholic
Sue Marshall               Randolph (administrative)

SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM
Name                          School                                     Position
Kalysia Bates              Smiths Station                   MB/OH
Sofia Bruno                McGill-Toolen Catholic          Libero
Ashlyn Byrd                Providence Christian            Setter
Lauren Chastang         Bayside Academy                OH
Ariel Dulaney              Bayside Academy                 MB/OH
Carley Hamric             Spanish Fort                       MB
Hannah Harris             Providence Christian             OH
Morgan Kyles              Enterprise                          MB/OH
Bentley Odom             Murphy                              MB/OH
Mary Ren Stevenson    Montgomery Academy          Setter
Kayla White                Montgomery Academy         OH
Alex Wiggins               Enterprise                          OH
COACHES
Ann Schilling               Bayside Academy
Nancy Shoquist            Murphy
Virginia Franklin         Carver-Montgomery (administrative)


Class 2A VB State Championship

Addison 3, Providence Christian 2
 
  Down two games to one after three sets in the AHSAA Class 2A State Volleyball Tournament finals Thursday night, Addison’s Lady Bulldogs rallied behind the outstanding play of Kristen Brewer to post a 3-2 victory over Providence Christian to capture the school’s eighth state championship.
    The Bulldogs of first-year head coach Kayla Woodard won 25-20, 17-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-11 also won the school’s third straight state championship as the exciting heavyweight battle closed out a very successful  45th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena and CrossPlex.
    Addison (53-13) and Providence Christian (51-6) matched each other blow for blow all night as Brewer and Eagles star junior Hannah Harris each turned in brilliant performances. Brewer had 19 kills and equally as important, 27 digs as the Bulldogs clawed back.  Abbie Chambless had 11 kills and Taylor Erb had four service aces. Setter Ragen Yarbrough had 35 assists and defensive standout Maison Evans had 23 digs.
     Harris led the Eagles of Coach Bill Oldfield with a match-high 20 kills. She also had 12 digs.  Kristy Odom added 17 kills for PCA and Ashlyn Byrd had 38 assists. The Eagles won state titles in 2011 and 2012.

      
Class 2A All-Tournament Team
Kristen Brewer, Addison (MVP); Ragen Yarbrough, Addison; Abbie Chambless, Addison; Maison Evans, Addison; Kristy Odom, Providence Christian; Ashlyn Byrd, Providence Christian; Hannah Harris, Providence Christian.

 


45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (19-20) 3, Lawrence County (61-9) 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13)
Class 1A Finals
Meek (40-13) 3, Donoho (46-9) 1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23)
Class 2A Finals
Addison (52-13), Providence Christian (51-6)  (25-20, 17-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-11)

Class 1A VB State Championship

Meek 3, Donoho 1
 
  Meek High School won a grueling 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23 battle over Donoho Thursday night at Bill Harris Arena to win the Class 1A state volleyball championship – the school’s first state title ever.
    All seven state finals were played at Bill Harris Arena Thursday as the 45th annual AHSAA State Volleyball Championships closed out its final day of competition.
    Coach Tara Branstetter’s Lady Tigers (40-13) controlled the nets for 60 kills and limited Donoho to just 38. Morgan Hudson, named the Class 1A state tourney MVP, had 19 kills, three blocks, three service aces and 12 digs to lead Meek. Sevanna Burks added 16 kills and Amanda Cunningham had 15. Setter Jayden Waldrep had 43 assists.
    Madison Gaines led Donoho (46-9), coached by Janice Slay, with 18 kills.  Kayla Wallace added 11 kills and 23 digs. Setter Katie Brown had 36 assists and two service aces, and Camryn Swain had 17 digs.
    
Class 1A All-Tournament Team
Morgan Hudson, Meek (MVP); Sevanna Banks, Meek; Amanda Cunningham, Meek; Jayden Waldrep, Meek; Katie Brown, Donoho; Madison Gaines, Donoho; Kayla Wallace, Donoho.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (19-20) 3, Lawrence County (61-9) 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13)
Class 1A Finals
Meek (40-13) 3, Donoho (46-9) 1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23)
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.

Class 5A State VB Championship

Randolph 3, Lawrence County 1
 
  Randolph High School of Huntsville rallied from a 1-0 deficit Thursday afternoon to beat Lawrence County 3-1 to claim the school’s first AHSAA state volleyball championship since 1985.
    Coach Mindy Spalding’s Raiders (19-20) won 21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13 at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena in the finals to capture the school’s first Class 5A state championship. Randolph won the 1A state title in ’84 – 30 years ago.  Spalding, in her first season as head coach after spending a year as the assistant, saw her team save its best for last as Randolph reeled off seven wins in eight post-season matches.
     Class 5A MVP Victoria Fennell had 25 kills to lead Randolph in the championship match. She also had eight digs and two service aces.  Libby Gold had eight kills, three aces and eight digs, and Julia Shoemake had seven kills and 11 digs. Setter June Harriman had 41 assists.
    Lawrence County (61-9), coached by Robyn Hutto, was paced by senior Rachel Childress’s 13 kills, 14 assists and 13 digs. Ali Grace Shelton also had 14 assists and Tori Smith added six kills. The Red Devils had played Randolph twice before this season and won 2-0 in a regular-season tournament and 3-0 in last week’s North Super Regional tourney.
    Finals for Classes 2A and 1A will conclude the 45th   AHSAA State Championships today. All finals matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Subscriber information can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Class 5A All-Tournament Team
Victoria Fennell, Randolph (MVP); Libby Gold, Randolph; Julia Shoemake, Randolph; June Harriman, Randolph; Rachael Childers, Lawrence County; Tori Smith, Lawrence County; Jaylyn Feldes, Springville.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (19-20) 3, Lawrence County (61-9) 1 (21-25, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13)
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.

Class 4A Volleyball State Championship

Brooks 3, Saint James 1
 
   Brooks High School captured the first state volleyball championship in school history Thursday afternoon with a 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19 victory over Saint James of Montgomery. The Lions (44-10), coached by Ryan Roberson, totaled 64 kills in the match played at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena.
    Erin Jewell led Brooks with 24 kills and 13 digs and was named Class 4A state tournament MVP. Lauren Williams added 15 kills and Kaitlyn Belue had 11. Halee Thomas had a game-high 31 digs and setter Madison Tidwell had 54 assists. Tidwell also had three service aces.
    Leading the Karen Lee’s Trojans (32-9) were Hannah Dailey and Clayton Waring with 10 kills each.
    Emily Poundstone had 26 assists and Lindsey Sampson had 21 digs.
    Finals for Classes 5A, 2A and 1A will conclude the 45th   AHSAA State Championships today. All finals matches are being live-streamed by the NFHS Network. Subscriber information can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Class 4A All-Tournament Team
Erin Jewell, Brooks (MVP); Lauren Williams, Brooks; Halee Thomas, Brooks; Kaitlyn Belue, Brooks; Hannah Dailey, Saint James; Carson Ann Crow, Saint James; Aniyah Robinson, Jacksonville.

45TH AHSAA STATE VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
THURSDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Bill Harris Arena
Class 3A Finals
Bayside Academy (40-7) 3, Madison Academy (35-22) 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18)
Class 7A Finals
Mountain Brook (57-6) 3, McGill-Toolen Catholic (49-8) 0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-16)
Class 6A Finals
Spanish Fort (55-5) 3, John Carroll Catholic (34-10) 2 (25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-11)
Class 4A Finals
Brooks (44-10) 3, Saint James (32-9) 1 (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19)
Class 5A Finals
Randolph (18-20) vs. Lawrence County (60-8), 4 p.m.
Class 1A Finals
Meek (39-13) vs. Donoho (46-8), 6 p.m.
Class 2A Finals
Providence Christian (51-5) vs. Addison (51-13), 8 p.m.