At Good Hope Gymnasium:
Holly Pond 24 25 9
Good Hope 26 22 15
Good Hope (12-14) wins match 2-1
Time of match: 1:05
Brindlee Mtn 22 20
Holly Pond 25 25
Holly Pond (4-14) wins match 2-0
Time of match: 0:47
Brindlee Mtn 5 21
Good Hope 25 25
Good Hope (13-14) wins match 2-0
Time of match: 0:36
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope was able to fight off different challenges Tuesday evening, getting by Holly Pond in the tiebreaker, then later in the agenda, fighting off Brindlee Mountain trying to force a third set as well.
Game one was tight from the beginning. Good Hope took an 11-6 lead, only to see Holly Pond make a game of it. The Lady Broncos tied the score at 20-20 when a serve by Cassandra Carter was good due to Good Hope lifting the ball on the return.
Holly Pond moved ahead 24-22, behind two service points from Makenna Folds. Then the Lady Broncos were charged with a net foul, resulting in a point for Good Hope. Jesse Kent then served three straight, ending the opening set with an ace and a 26-24 triumph.
The second game followed the first set pattern of back and forth. Holly Pond was in front late and able to fight off the Lady Raiders, sending the match to a third set.
A net foul by Good Hope gave Carter a service point to make it 23-20. Good Hope trimmed the margin to 23-22 on service winners from Skylar Tucker and a kill by Sidnie English.
But Holly Pond responded when Tess Duke got a kill to make it 24-22 and a kill by Sydney Dubkin off a serve from Kara Hollis put the Lady Broncos into the win column in the match.
In the tiebreaker, service winners from Alee Jackson allowed Good Hope the early advantage and some pivotal kills from Savanna Burney enabled the Lady Raiders to extend the lead and create a gap. Burney had a volley for a point, a service winner and a kill from Kent closed out the match in an hour and five minutes.
Brindlee Mountain took Holly Pond to a pair of close encounters. The Lady Broncos had to fight off a 16-12 deficit when they went ahead to stay at 19-18 on a serve by Kyndall Hays and a kill from Folds.
Folds, Carter, Hollis and Tess Duke shined in crunch time, lifting the Lady Broncos to the win 25-22 and a 1-0 match advantage.
Then in the second set, coach Emily Brown inserted Ashley Duke into the lineup and Duke contributed with four consecutive points, one an ace, lifting the Lady Broncos to a 17-9 margin.
Brindlee Mountain drew within 21-17 as Tess Duke gave Holly Pond back the momentum with a kill, followed by service points from Hays and a volley by Tess Duke to end the match at 6:16 p.m.
Good Hope stormed to an easy victory in the first set with Brindlee Mountain, behind service accuracy from Jackson and Kent that had them up early at 12-2.
Service points by Chrissi Smith, Riley Smith and kills from Abi Orton, English and Madalyn Williams was all the Lady Raiders needed in taking just 10 minutes to roll to a 25-5 first game domination.
Brindlee Mountain challenged in the second game. The Lady Raiders broke a 5-5 tie and went on to push the lead to 20-12 when Chrissi Smith scored on a serve and a kill by Orton.
Leading 24-17, the Lady Raiders had a chance to take care of business with set point. However, Brindlee Mountain broke service four times and had the Lady Raiders reeling, with the game now 24-21.
Needing to end the Lady Lions' momentum, Good Hope closed it out at 7:05 p.m. on Kent's third kill in the set. Good Hope had 11 points to come from kills at the front line, featuring Kent, Orton and Burney.
The Lady Raiders have won four of their last six matches, going 2-2 over the weekend in the Priceville Invitational.
Up next for Good Hope: At Ashville Thursday 4:00
Up next for Holly Pond: At Cold Springs Thursday 6:00
Photo 1: Good Hope Lady Raiders huddle during timeout vs. Holly Pond.
Photo 2: Holly Pond's Kara Hollis (14) on the front line vs. Brindlee Mountain.
Photo 3: Good Hope's Savanna Burney waiting for the ball to cross over the net.
Photo 4: Holly Pond's Lili Harris (3), Maddie Heatherly (6) vs. Brindlee Mountain.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
At Good Hope Gymnasium:
Ashville 19 25 17 17
Good Hope 25 23 25 25
Good Hope (8-11, 1-2) wins match 3-1
Time of match: 1:26
Ashville 25 19 7
Cold Springs 21 25 15
Cold Springs (15-6) wins match 2-1
Time of match: 0:55
Match # 3:
Cold Springs 23 25 15
Good Hope 25 21 12
Cold Springs (16-6) wins match 2-1
Time of match: 1:04
FLASH NOTES: A tripleheader of exciting volleyball Tuesday with 10 games in a span of four hours inside a sweltering Good Hope gymnasium.
The agenda started with Good Hope and Ashville in 4A, Area 11 competition.
A 25-19 victory in the first set from Good Hope was matched by good play from Ashville in taking advantage of opportunities and claim the second set 25-23.
Good Hope's confidence was shaken after the second set. Coach Natasha Holcombe's Lady Raiders were able to regain momentum in the third game as a run, featuring kills by Alee Jackson and service points from Skylar Tucker, boosted the Good Hope lead from 10-8 to 16-8.
Tucker converted on a volley that pushed the margin to 22-13. Abi Orton followed with a kill off a Chrissi Smith serve and moments later, Jackson completed victory with a kill and a two to one advantage in the series.
A concern for Holcombe was the condition of Orton. Orton reportedly overheated and needed an ice pack on her neck to cool down her body temperature.
Orton was not to get on the floor to start the fourth set. The Lady Raiders were able to move ahead while she recovered.
A turning point came early when Ashville coach Mara Mattison received a yellow card from the referee for protesting a judgment call at the net.
The play lifted Good Hope as they turned a 2-2 tie into a comfortable lead by serves from Jackson and a couple of kills by Jesse Kent and Sidnie English.
Good Hope's advantage was handled for the rest of the set, in which they controlled. A team effort by Jackson, Kent, Smith, Tucker, Savanna Burney and Orton back on the floor propelled the Lady Raiders to their first victory in an area match this season.
Ashville got Cold Springs down 1-0 in its match, coming from a 21-20 deficit when they capitalized on a net foul by the Lady Eagles that took a point off the scoreboard.
Coach Brendan Voce kept his Lady Eagles calm and they responded by winning the second set to create a tiebreaker.
Anna Kate Voce tallied three straight service points in the middle of a run. A kill from Emma Chambers, followed by a serve from Chambers gave them a 19-10 edge.
The Lady Eagles fought off a challenge by the Lady Bulldogs and won the set on a kill from Voce, sending this encounter to game three.
Kylon Hamby raised her level of play for Cold Springs in the third game. Hamby had two kills and two volleys that carried the Lady Eagles to a 10-4 margin. A volley by Emi Harbison, a service winner from Kinley Campbell and a service point from Chambers enabled the Lady Eagles to set the tone for comeback volleyball.
Good Hope went to war with the Lady Eagles in the opening set, matching them play for play.
A kill from Orton broke a tie and propelled Good Hope to a 6-5 lead in the set. The Lady Raiders would lead for much of the set, before Cold Springs gained a 22-22 deadlock on a service point from Voce.
It was a volley over the net by Orton that got Good Hope back the lead. But a volley from Chambers evened the numbers at 23-23.
Madalyn Williams stepped up for Good Hope on a kill that put them up 24-23 and a chance to serve for the set. The set ended on a kill from Orton off a jump serve by Smith.
Strong plays from the net by Aubrey Negron and Hamby carried Cold Springs in game two. Campbell was solid with some good serves, deep in the zone late in game two with the set coming to an end on a net foul by Kent and a 25-21 Cold Springs triumph.
In the tiebreaker, Cold Springs was ahead at 7-4 from a kill by Hamby. Good Hope rallied to close to 8-7 when Jackson converted a kill.
The Lady Eagles got a point on a service error from Jackson and moved the score to 12-9. Service points from Voce, with quality net play by Hamby, had Cold Springs on the verge at 14-9.
Good Hope picked up a pair of volley points by Orton and a net foul gave them a point to pull within 14-12.
But it was Harbison that volleyed the ball on to Good Hope's side. It was not handled by the Lady Raiders and the evening of exciting volleyball concluded at 8:34 p.m.
Up next for Good Hope: Tri-match at Hayden Thursday 5:00
Up next for Cold Springs: Tri-match vs. St. Bernard, Hanceville Thursday 4:30
Photo 1: Good Hope's Alee Jackson (23) is line judge during Cold Springs-Ashville match.
Photo 2: Good Hope's Madalyn Williams (17) gets a kill against Ashville.
Photo 3: Cold Springs' Aubrey Negron (25), Emi Harbison block the ball at the net.
#11 is Emma Kate Voce, #42 is Kylon Hamby.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Sportspage Game of the Week
At James Shabel Stadium - Good Hope:
Tanner 0 0 0 0 - 0
Good Hope 12 14 6 0 - 32
GH: Bailey Quick 26 pass to Zac Bagwell (kick failed) 4:03 in 1st
GH: Matt Dixon 14 run (pass failed) 0:36 in 1st
GH: Dixon 2 run (Walter Perez kick) 5:43 in 2nd
GH: Dixon 4 run (Perez kick) 1:31 in 2nd
GH: Colton Bagwell 20 run (kick failed) 9:33 in 3rd
FLASH NOTES: Homecoming was celebrated by Good Hope's performance on the turf, rushing for 271 yards, scoring four touchdowns, three by senior Matt Dixon.
Dixon's 14-yard run to the end zone in the first quarter was a thing of beauty with Dixon staying on his feet, breaking tackles.
The Raiders, one of 20 schools in the AHSAA who are using instant replay this season, had the play challenged by Tanner coach Oscar Bonds.
But the call stood and the Raiders took a two-score advantage into the second period.
A 10-yard drive by the Raiders was set up from a 55-yard punt return by Zac Bagwell with 7:00 to go in the second. Dixon finished the three play drive from the two and the Raiders were up 19-0.
Tanner had two opportunities to get into the end zone before the half ended, but failed due to penalties. The Rattlers had a first and goal from the three, only for it to be fourth and goal from the Good Hope 19, due to two false starts and a holding penalty.
After the Raiders took over from their 19 with 2:23 left in the half, Dixon got free for a 77-yard run to the four and carried it over on the next play. The kick by Perez boosted the Good Hope margin to 26-0.
On their first series of the third quarter, the Raiders completed their scoring by taking it 57 yards as Colton Bagwell blasted in on a 20-yard run.
Bagwell finished with 109 yards on eight carries and a TD, Dixon tore through the Rattlers for 137 yards on 10 rushes and three TDs.
Quick completed three passes for 44 yards and a TD to Zac Bagwell. The Raiders would amass 13 first downs.
The defense was a big story as Alan Scott's squad stopped Tanner four times on fourth down conversions, made eight tackles behind the line for minus 53 yards.
Tanner was trying to score on the Raider reserves late in the game when it was fourth and goal from the Good Hope two.
A bad snap was mishandled by QB Nathan Montgomery as he was dropped at the 20 for an 18-yard loss on a good tackle by Perez.
Good Hope is off to its best start under Scott in his fourth season at 4-0. The Raiders have their first shutout since the end of the 2017 season in which they blanked Hanceville 29-0.
This was the first meeting between the two schools.
Up next for Good Hope: Friday vs. Oak Grove 7:00 p.m.
Photo of Good Hope coach Alan Scott, QB Bailey Quick, WR Matt Hancock during Cullman County Media Day Aug. 21.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton