At Fazi-Richard Athletic Center:
Cold Springs 25 25 25
St. Bernard 11 17 21
Cold Springs (2-1) wins match 3-0
Time of Match: 1:04
FLASH NOTES: Cold Springs coach Brendan Voce was not aware that the Lady Eagles remained in the Top 10 of the 2A state volleyball, until Sportspage informed him prior to match time Thursday evening with St. Bernard.
Giving something to show for, the Lady Eagles steered the course in sweeping the Lady Saints, spoiling St. Bernard's season opener.
Cold Springs got control right off in the opening set, leading 8-1 as Anna Kate Voce scored four straight on serve. A kill from Aubrey Negron pushed the score to 12-3 and a service point by Hayden Goodwin moments later, upped the advantage to 17-3.
St. Bernard slowed up Cold Springs enough to draw within 22-10 after the Lady Eagles served the ball into the net.
A volley by Sydney Newton, then a point on a net error by St. Bernard and a service winner by Jessi Pulliam ended the first set in a 25-11 final.
Cold Springs was ahead in game two 8-5 as St. Bernard fought off a service break and tied the score at 8-8 on three consecutive service points by Olivia Brown.
The Lady Eagles regrouped and gained a 13-9 edge on an ace from Kinley Campbell. A kill by Kylon Hamby and a service point from Goodwin sent the advantage to 20-13.
Back came Tiffany Hinkle-Pope's Lady Saints. Macy Whaley tallied a service point and the comeback was in process at 23-17. But a net serve and a service winner from Voce enabled the Lady Eagles to take the second set in being strongly challenged.
For game three, St. Bernard started out on top on service points from Bridget Gallegos and a net foul on Cold Springs gave the Lady Saints a 7-4 lead. Then the Lady Eagles went to work with Hamby accounting for five consecutive service points with the Lady Eagles moving on top by the score of 12-8.
Emma Chambers had a service point that pushed the visitors to a 20-15 cushion. St. Bernard showed poise and narrowed the deficit to 23-21 when Whaley connected on an ace.
The St. Bernard momentum was broken on Cold Springs' receiving the ball as Negron scored on a kill for a 24-21 lead and Emily Williams delivered an ace at 6:29 p.m. to conclude the match in an hour and four minutes.
Hamby scored seven points on serve in the match for Cold Springs, Emi Harbison had five, Voce netted seven and Goodwin five.
St. Benard's performance was anchored by Whaley with four service points and four kills, Emma Tafazoli two serves and two kills, Brown five service points and a kill and Gallegos five service points.
Up next for Cold Springs: At Carbon Hill Invitational Saturday
Up next for St. Bernard: Vs. Lindsay Lane & Vinemont Sept. 10
Photo 1: Cold Springs' Anna Kate Voce (11) serves in 1st set with St. Bernard.
Photo 2: Cold Springs' Emi Harbison discusses a call with the referee.
Photo 3: St. Bernard's Claudia Fallin (32), Yessi Pascual (9) and Gabby Bennett (24) follow the ball over the net.
Photo 4: St. Bernard coach Tiffany Hinkle-Pope talks with team during a time out.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton