Tri-match # 1 at Cullman Gymnasium
Albertville 22 25 25 25
Cullman 25 17 17 17
Albertville (13-5, 4-0 in 6A, A 14) wins match 3-1
TIME OF MATCH: 1:31
FLASH NOTES: Cullman began Monday's tri-match by coming from behind to grab the first set with a combination of personnel giving new coach Meagan Cagle a great effort.
Trailing 5-1 early, the Lady 'Cats fought back to get within a point then tied the score at 16-16 on a Anna Evans kill off an assist from Lauren Evans.
With the game deadlocked at 22-22, Cullman went in front on another Anna Evans kill at the net with an assist from Emily Apel. The last two service points came from Lauren Evans, with an ace to end the opening set for a 1-0 Cullman lead.
But the Lady Aggies were able to come back and take the next three sets, surviving the challenge by the Lady 'Cats.
Tri-match # 3 at Cullman Gymnasium
Good Hope 25 25
Cullman 17 17
Good Hope (9-6) wins match 2-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:36
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope and Cullman battled to an evenly matched opening set before the Lady Raiders pulled away late thanks to some key serves by Ally Knight, Alee Jackson and Skylar Tucker.
Jesse Kent got a volley for set point on Knight's serve that allowed the visitors to move on top in the confrontation. A close encounter was on display for the second game until Knight took to the service line with score tied at 13-13. Cullman never regained service the rest of the contest.
Knight finished with 12 service points, getting help by kills from Kate Kent, Sadie Fendley, plus two blocks from Kent and the match ended at 7:37 p.m.
Cullman was off to a good start with three kills by Anna Evans, several assists from Apel and three straight kills by Paige Rocca. Ashlen Heatherly had the final three points on serve for Cullman, when service was broken by a Kent kill with an assist from Knight to tie the game at 13-13 and put Good Hope in position to serve.
Under first year coach Natasha Holcombe, Good Hope is getting into a groove, winning seven of its last eight regular season assignments. The Lady Raiders won three tri-matches last week that boosted the team after undergoing a slow start.
Cagle's Lady 'Cats have grown into a competitive team, despite not having a victory since they opened the 2017 season on Labor Day weekend in the West Morgan Invitational, going 2-2.
Cullman will return to action with a tri-match against Carbon Hill and Austin on October 2.
Good Hope plays at Priceville Tuesday in its next regular season matchup.
Cullman's Anna Evans (5) has a chat with Emily Apel during match vs. Good Hope
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton