At Tidwell Gymnasium - Arley:
Addison 25 25 25
Meek 20 14 22
Addison (15-2) wins match 3-0
Time of match: 1:07
FLASH NOTES: This was the first time these two rivals saw one another on the volleyball court at the same time since November 2 of last year when they played for the 1A state championship in Birmingham.
Both teams have gone through personnel changes from 2017, but both put together three competitive sets as Addison, the No. 1 team from 2A, topped Meek, the 5th rated squad in 1A. This is the only regular season meeting between the two.
Fourteen times in the opening set, the game was tied. The last time was 20-20 as Jesse Woodard for Meek scored on a serve.
A kill by Addison's Telsa Alvis broke the deadlock and put the Lady Bulldogs ahead to stay.
Alvis would come up with four consecutive kills during serves by Destiny Walker that gave Kayla Woodard's squad the early advantage in the match.
Addison had things well in hand in the second set, getting service points by Walker and Alvis, raising the lead to 18-9.
With Meek trying to make it a contest, getting the margin slimmed to 22-14 on a volley by Abby Phillips, Addison then finished the second set on a block by Callie Crider and service points by Macey Butler, with the finale being an ace.
In the third game, Addison and Meek swapped the lead on the scoreboard often in the early moments. Addison led 6-5 when Meek served a ball out of bounds.
Alvis got consecutive kills and the score was at 11-7. Breathing room on the lead was created by Sarah Parris with three straight service points and a 17-11 edge.
It was time for Dana Stewart's Lady Tigers to respond. They did on seven straight points at the service line by LaKota Aiden and went in front 19-18. But Aiden then served it too long and the score was tied, with the set now in critical moments.
Phillips converted a kill for Meek, making it 20-20. An error at the net gave a point to Addison's side. Macey Butler netted two straight on serve, including an ace and the Lady Bulldogs were ahead 23-20.
Kalin Rivers broke the momentum with a kill for the home team, then a service point by Woodard had the Lady Tigers trailing 23-22.
Alvis was again a spark at the net. Alvis finished the night with 14 kills, her last giving Addison a 24-22 lead. A service winner by Walker concluded the match at 7:32 p.m. as Addison extended its winning streak to five straight and stopped Meek's four-game winning streak.
Up next for Addison: At Hartselle Invitational Saturday
Up next for Meek: At Donoho Invitational Saturday
Photo 1: Addison Lady Bulldogs during National Anthem Thursday at Meek H.S.
Photo 2: A jump serve by Addison's Destiny Walker in 1st set against Meek.
Photo 3: Meek coach Dana Stewart talks with Paiton Ory during a time out.
Photo 4: Addison coach Kayla Woodard in front of her bench vs. Meek Thursday night.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton