At Plunkett/Wallace Gymnasium - Boaz:
Wallace State 25 25 25
Snead State 20 12 21
Wallace State (5-0, 1-0) wins match 3-0
Time of Match: 1:03
FLASH NOTES: No matter where they play on the road, Wallace State volleyball coach Randy Daniel knows his Lady Lions will face a hostile atmosphere, due to their credibility of winning nine straight ACCC championships and coming into the 2018 season 16th ranked in the NJCAA.
Having to play an undefeated Snead State squad Wednesday evening, the Lady Lions answered the challenge in their first game they have played this young season in the state of Alabama.
Wallace State went last weekend to Spartanburg, South Carolina and came home 4-0 in the Spartanburg Methodist Invitational.
Before playing Wallace, Snead State swept Bevill State 25-8, 28-26 and 25-11 in an hour and five minutes.
Momentum was well in the grasp of Angie Sanders' Lady Parsons, featuring a freshman that is talented as is former Fairview standout McKinna Yearwood.
A close game one that was back and forth was finally locked down by Wallace State after a serve from Yearwood went long, giving the Lady Lions a point to make the score 21-17.
Two kills by Alex Wiggins and one from Madison Turner enabled the Lady Lions to claima 25-20 triumph in trying to keep Snead's momentum at bay.
The Lady Lions were able to put together a good effort in game two, controlling the game by building a large lead. Lexie Riggins scored on a serve and Wallace was ahead 19-10.
Snead could never stop the aggressive attack by the Lady Lions in the set and bowed by the final of 25-12.
Kaitlyn Doyle closed out game two for the Lady Lions with a kill, getting a good pass from McKenzie Boland to finish the play.
Snead roared back and went ahead in the third set 8-5. The Lady Lions stayed calm under pressure and jumped in front at 12-9.
With Yearwood having a kill and a volley that was a much needed spark, the Lady Parsons surged back on top at 14-13.
Then Boland went to work on the service line for the Lady Lions, connecting on three in a row and it was 17-15.
Snead fought through adversity and got within 23-21 on two kills from sophomore Megan Zuck.
Wallace broke Snead's service game as a kill by Maya Jones, then a service point from Wiggins completed a well earned conference victory.
"Snead is much improved than they were last year," coach Daniel replied. "We were consistent tonight. We are communicating better."
In the Snead-Bevill match, the Lady Parsons were on the brink of losing the second set when they trailed 24-21 and Bevill was serving for set point.
The Lady Parsons rallied and would claim the set 28-26, then blow by the Lady Bears in the third game 25-11.
Yearwood was an impact player in game three. The 2017 Cullman County Tournament MVP scored straight points to break open a close encounter with Snead going 1-0 in conference play and winning its fifth straight to open the season.
Up next for Wallace: At Coastal Alabama (Bay Minette) Friday
Up next for Snead: At Pensacola Tournament Friday & Saturday
Photo 1: Wallace State Lady Lions during National Anthem before game with Snead.
Photo 2: Snead's McKinna Yearwood (15) walks on the court with her teammates before opening set with Bevill State.
Photo 3: Wallace State's Courtlyn Barber (23) ready while coaches Randy Daniel and Kheala Beck are on the bench vs. Snead.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton