At Jesse George Gym - Cold Springs:
West Point 25 25
Cold Springs 21 18
West Point (5-0) wins match 2-0
Time of match: 0:43
Sumiton Christian 25 17 3
West Point 20 25 15
West Point (6-0) wins match 2-1
Time of match: 0:53
Sumiton Christian 18 20
Cold Springs 25 25
Cold Springs (8-4) wins match 2-0
Time of match: 0:42
FLASH NOTES: Victory was well earned by undefeated West Point and No. 10 ranked Cold Springs Thursday evening.
The matches were close encounters with West Point starting the agenda by sweeping Cold Springs 25-21 and 25-18.
West Point was able to gain a comfortable lead in the first set, going up 14-9 on a kill from Mackenzie Carter. But Cold Springs brought back a challenge and trailed 15-14 when Emi Harbison converted an ace.
A kill and two consecutive service points by Molly Pendley pushed West Point to a 21-16 advantage. Josie Huckaby got a kill that made it 23-19, a service point from Gracie Thompson raised the lead to 24-19. Following a service break with Kylon Hamby scoring on a volley and a kill by Harbison, West Point finished the first set with a kill by Carter and held the early advantage in the match.
Thompson nailed a couple of serves in the second game, boosting the lead for West Point to 11-6. Sarah Chapman followed with four straight service points, one being an ace and it was a 20-11 lead for the visitors.
Cold Springs fought hard to stay in contention, but at the end, a kill from Carter and a service point by Lexi Shadix completed the West Point sweep of its county foe.
Sumiton Christian took to the floor to face West Point and shook off a 14-9 deficit. Leading the comeback for Sumiton was Lexi Jackson at the net and Anna Calloway from the service line. Calloway fired off seven straight service points to send the Lady Eagles in front as West Point was unable to recover, dropping the first set 25-20.
An early 3-0 deficit in game two was quickly erased by the Lady Warriors, thanks to the serving of Celena Clark. Clark would produce 12 straight service points, raising the advantage to 13-3 before Sumiton broke her serve.
Sumiton made a game of it, closing to 15-13 when Regina Jones' Lady Warriors regrouped and used quality serves by Thompson and kills from Huckaby to send the match into a tiebreaker.
In the finale, Clark was back at the service line, putting five points on the board and West Point was off and running, up 6-1. Pendley then showed her service strength, netting seven in a row and it was 12-2. The match ended on a volley by Shadix as West Point left the gym still undefeated on the young season 6-0.
Cold Springs and Sumiton Christian went to battle with the homestanding Lady Eagles holding advantage from the beginning and keeping the visitors at bay.
Hayden Goodwin got three points in a row, lifting Brendan Voce's Lady Eagles to an 18-12 edge. Hamby scored on a serve with assistance by a block at the net from Aubrey Negron, sending the Lady Eagles up 22-15.
Sumiton slowed up Cold Springs for the moment on points by Jackson and Calloway. The Lady Eagles stopped the Sumiton surge when Emma Chambers nailed a kill, completing the first set by the margin of 25-18.
In game two, Sumiton grabbed a 16-10 lead and looked to be on the way of sending this match to a third set.
Cold Springs regained its poise as four straight service points by Kinley Campbell brought the Lady Eagles from behind and never to trail again.
Hamby showed her ability to drill the ball over the net from the front line with three kills in crunch time. Anna Kate Voce had a critical block and a volley at the end, supporting two good serves from Emily Williams.
Sumiton Christian fell to 2-7 on the season.
Up next for Cold Springs: Vs. West End Monday
Up next for West Point: Tri-match vs. Fairview, Lawrence Co Tuesday.
Photo 1: West Point's Lexu Shadix (3) tries to block a kill from Anna Kate Voce.
Photo 2: West Point's Celena Clark (20) sets the ball to a teammate.
Photo 3: Cold Springs' Emma Chambers about to serve vs. West Point.
Photo 4: Cold Springs' Emi Harbison gets ready to serve to Sumiton Christian.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton