TRINITY - Cullman's Meagan Cagle got her first victory in her second assignment Saturday with her team participating in the West Morgan Invitational Saturday.
After a loss in the opener of Pool C to Deshler, the Lady 'Cats bounced back in good form, sweeping Russellville 25-15, 25-20.
The momentum the Lady 'Cats had from the Russellville match was stopped in a battle with No. 4 ranked Danville from Class 4A.
Cullman was defeated in straight sets 25-13, 25-14.
The Lady 'Cats came back to end the day with a hard fought triumph against Clements, taking the opener 25-17, losing the second set 25-18 and bouncing back by a 15-9 verdict in the tiebreaker.
Cullman got a team effort from Anna Evans, Emily Apel, Paden Adams, A.K. Eastman, Lauren Evans, Amanda Hill and Ashlen Heatherly to defeat Russellville.
Cullman rallied in both sets, using good serves from a group of players with solid effort at the front line, led by Anna Evans.
Adams anchored the sets, getting the team active in different locations on the floor when they received the ball.
Cagle took over the program after Michelle Greenlee retired following the 2016 season.
The team played hard with Cagle coaching with plenty of intensity. It will serve as a motivation with the team eager to step out on the floor and show a competitive side.
In the Clements match, after suffering a defeat in game two, the Lady 'Cats were able to get ahead and use the play of Anna Evans plus Adams, Eastman, Lauren Evans and good serving in crunch time by Hill to finish 2-2 on the tour into Morgan County.
The regular season starts for Cullman Tuesday in a trip to Albertville, another quality opponent, ranked in the Top 10 of Class 6A.
Photo 1: Cullman breaks huddle prior to the start of match with Russellville.
Photo 2: #5 Anna Evans, # 2 Emily Apel, #3 A.K. Eastman, # 11 Paden Adams and #13 Lauren Evans celebrate a point for the Lady Bearcats.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton