AHSAA Class 1A Volleyball State Championship
At Bill Harris Arena - Birmingham:
#2 Meek 28 19 19 19 (46-15)
#1 Addison 26 25 25 25 (51-8)
Addison wins match 3-1
TIME OF CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: 1:36
FLASH NOTES: Addison experienced something that they saw recently in facing arch rival Meek. Trailing 1-0 after the opening set.
That happened in the 1A, Area 12 championship on October 23. Addison then regrouped and went on to take down the area championship and set themselves for an incredible run of going 7-0 between the North Regional and the state tournament.
Meek went toe to toe with the No. 1 team from the smallest classification. Game one featured 13 ties before Meek moved in front at 27-26 on a kill by Amanda Cunningham off an assist by Jayden Waldrep.
Sevanna Banks got a good serve across for the Lady Tigers with a kill by Cunningham ending the first set and the No. 2 team in the 1A poll taking a 1-0 advantage in the match.
Addison showed poise, something that has been valuable to Kayla Woodard's team in the late stretch of the season. Tied at 10-10, Addison broke the deadlock with a block by Savannah Manley off a serve by Brie Ory. Ory had five consecutive service points with Manley adding a couple of blocks to her statistics.
Cecilee Gaither used her potent left serve to finish off the Lady Tigers in game two with some good plays from Abbie Chambless and Natalie Jefferson to get the match tied at a victory apiece.
Addison led 8-4 during the early moments of the third set with a kill by Tess Alvis from an assist by Gaither to be a boost. Meek fought back and evened the score at 12-12 when Addison was called for four hits on receiving a serve.
Then Addison went in front to stay at 20-19 on a block by Jefferson. Gaither then tallied the next five points on serve as the momentum in the match was now on the side of the Lady Bulldogs.
With Gaither, Abbie Chambless and Kendra Tyree raising their level of play, Addison soared to a 14-4 margin with Abbie Chambeiss scoring on serve and her sister, Allie Chambless, blocking at the net.
Again, Meek stormed back. Coach Dana Waldrep's Lady Tigers had service points by Montanna Barton, plus kills from Sevanna Banks, Cunningham and Kilpatrick that closed the gap to 24-19.
But the momentum Meek collected was turned away when Abbie Chambless converted a kill from an assist by Gaither and the state championship trophy was back to the Addison campus for the fifth consecutive year, the second straight in the 1A classification.
Meek had won the 1A title in 2015 when Banks, Cunningham and Waldrep were sophomores.
Addison won its final 11 assignments to conclude a 51-8 season. They were seven of seven in defeating Meek during the fall.
Meek had a solid record as well with 46 victories against 17 defeats. The Lady Tigers were runner-up in the North Regional, then rolled through victory over Sumiton Christian and Decatur Heritage in the quarters and semis before setting up a Winston County state championship in 1A play.
Abbie Chambless (MVP), Kendra Tyree, Cecilee Gaither - Addison
Sevanna Banks, Jayden Waldrep, Amanda Cunningham - Meek
Photo 1: Addison on left side, playing the ball above the net while Meek tries to block.
Photo 2: Abbie Chambless of Addison serving in 1A state championship.
Photo 3: 1A Tournament MVP Abbie Chambless with Denise Ainsworth of the AHSAA.
Photo 4: Meek coach Dana Waldrep (left), Addison's Kayla Woodard receive championship game balls from Alvin Riggs of the AHSAA.
Photo 5: All-Tournament team L-R, Sevanna Banks, Amanda Cunningham, Jayden Waldrep of Meek, Abbie Chambless, Kendra Tyree, Cecilee Gaither of Addison.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.