At Felton Easterwood Gym - Holly Pond:
West Point 25 25 25
Holly Pond 11 15 13
West Point (27-2) wins match 3-0
Time of match: 0:48
FLASH NOTES: What is happening for West Point at the present time is the Lady Warriors are getting contribution from everyone who is on the floor.
With the likes of Lexi Shadix, Molly Pendley, Mackenzie Carter, Josie Huckaby hammering away at the front line, then the sets of Selena Clark, plus all out efforts by Sarah Chapman and Natalie Pearce, West Point has produced 18 consecutive victories after sweeping county rival Holly Pond Monday afternoon.
An early challenge by Holly Pond was something that seemed to boost the morale of Regina Jones' Lady Warriors. Coming off upsetting No. 3 Fairview in 4A and No. 3 Arab on 5A last Thursday, West Point turned a close 8-6 game into controlling it, moving the margin to 16-6 in the first set by seven consecutive service points from Carter.
Moments later, Chapman was on serve and delivered five straight, including an ace, as the lead continued to soar at 23-8. Holly Pond broke service for the moment, then it was time for West Point to close out the set on back to back kills by Pendley and a 25-11 triumph.
Holly Pond had a spurt during the second game with good play coming from Cassandra Carter, Kyndall Hays and a pair of pure serves by Sydney Dunkin, putting them on top by the score of 11-7.
It didn't last that long as Chapman again was serving it well to the back row for the visitors. She connected on five in a row that gave West Point a 13-11 lead. The advantage stayed with the Lady Warriors for the remainder of the set, thanks to four consecutive service points by Pendley, two kills by Pearce and a kill off the back row from Shadix to complete the second set by the score of 25-15.
Determined to make the match respectable, Holly Pond fought hard from an early deficit and closed to 10-7 when Kara Hollis got a point on a volley for her team.
That sparked the Lady Broncos to hang close, cutting it to 12-11 on a pair of service winners by Carter.
But Mackenzie Carter recorded a block at the net and West Point started another run that enabled them to create breathing room.
Clark moved to the service line with her team ahead 19-13 and started a 6-0 spurt with an ace. Her jump serve was difficult for coach Emily Brown's Lady Broncos to try and get a grip on.
She stayed there with six straight points, having support on three kills from Shadix as the Lady Warriors remained undefeated against Cullman County schools with 10 victories in the 27 they have achieved thus far.
It was September 13 when West Point last time saw the agony of defeat, losing 3-0 in an area match at Russellville.
Now the Lady Warriors have started October on the right foot and could be at the 30-win plateau by the end of Thursday.
Up next for West Point: Tri-match vs. Hamilton, Priceville Tuesday 4:30
Up next for Holly Pond: Tri-match at East Lawrence Tuesday 4:00
Photo 1: #3 Lexi Shadix, #15 Natalie Pearce, #23 Mackenize Carter of West Point.
Photo 2: #24 Sydney Dunkin, #8 Makenna Folds, #12 Tess Duke of Holly Pond.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
At Fairview Gymnasium:
West Point 25 20 16
Fairview 22 25 14
West Point (25-2) wins match 2-1
Time of match: 0:58
West Point 25 11 16
Arab 22 25 14
West Point (26-2) wins match 2-1
Time of match: 0:55
FLASH NOTES: For a two week stretch, losing has evaded the West Point Lady Warriors.
They have been able to go through 17 consecutive opponents, enjoying the thrill of victory.
Their effort has been recognized by the state prep poll. About two hours before they began their tri-match assignment in Fairview, West Point was placed 10th in this week's 5A rankings.
On Thursday, the opposition just happened to have impressive credentials too. Fairview came in with a No. 3 rating among the 4A schools and Arab stood 3rd in 5A volleyball.
Coach Regina Jones' team has been playing very steady since the streak started on September 15 in the Elkmont Invitational.
Facing Fairview for the second time on the season, the Lady Warriors took a 25-22 triumph in the first set with Fairview getting things even by claiming game two by the score of 25-20.
That set up a tiebreaker as it went down to the wire.
Farview overcame a deficit and moved ahead 10-8, behind service points from Daisy Manasco and Tess Bailey.
Seeing the pressure on them, West Point responded and led 13-11 on three service points by Sarah Chapman and a volley from Lexi Shadix.
Fairview got it even at 13-13 when Alivia Boyll converted a serve. Following a volley point from Shadix, Fairview matched them on a kill by Bailey, making it 14-14.
Then Shadix showed her stuff, thanks to a pair of good sets from Selena Clark. Shadix hammered away with a pair of kills and a 16-14 victory, keeping the Lady Warriors undefeated against county competition.
Shadix amassed seven kills in the match, getting assistance as Molly Pendley had three kills, Josie Huckaby five and Mackenzie Carter four.
Taking on Arab, West Point fell behind 17-12 in the opening set and never gave in to the Lady Knights. Pendley ripped off four service points to propel them into the lead at 22-19.
Arab kept the pressure on, due to its middle hitter, 6'3" AK Griggs. Griggs was a towering force at the net and scored on a spike that had them within one at 22-21.
Then Griggs committed a net error and West Point tallied a score. Gracie Thompson concluded the first set for the Lady Warriors with a serve deep into the back row.
Arab capitalized on West Point miscues and won going away, forcing the match to be decided by a tiebreaking set.
West Point looked at a 9-5 disadvantage as again, they showed poise in playing even with the No. 3 squad in 5A. On the verge of being defeated at 13-9, the Lady Warriors got a block by Huckaby, service winners from Chapman, tied the score on a volley by Shadix off an assist by Clark.
Arab was given a 14-13 lead on a questionable 2 hits call against Clark. But the Lady Warriors took the next point when Allie Isom served it into the net, making it 14-14.
Back with the serve, the Lady Warriors did not waste the opportunity to compile the biggest victory of their season so far.
Pendley volleyed the ball over for a 15-14 lead and Shadix did the rest with a kill from a pass by Clark, ending the match at 6:20 p.m.
"We kept battling," coach Jones said. I'm proud of them for thinking that the game was never over. Somebody was able to step up and make plays. We got the job done."
Pendley pointed out the team is hitting its stride with chemistry. "We are practicing hard on working together. Every rotation, we have someone stepping it up."
Shadix analyzed the effort had to be outstanding against a very good ball club. "We did very well." Shadix also thanked Clark from her setter's position on giving them the opportunity to execute at the net with good, precise passes.
Up next for West Point: At Holly Pond Monday 4:00
Photo 1: Mackenzie Carter (23), Sarah Chapman (5) of West Point.
Photo 2: Carter at left, Chapman at right in match vs. Arab.
Photo 3: Arab middle hitter AK Griggs (7). Griggs is 6'3" and a force for No. 3 Arab.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point:
Match # 1
Russellville 14 23 11
West Point 25 25 25
West Point (15-2, 1-2) wins match 3-0
Time of Match: 0:59
Match # 2
Russellville 16 25 13
Good Hope 25 13 15
Good Hope (7-10) wins match 2-1
Time of Match: 0:55
Match # 3
Good Hope 13 20
West Point 25 25
West Point (16-2) wins match 2-0
Time of Match: 0:38
FLASH NOTES: Last Thursday West Point suffered defeat when they visited Russellville and got upset by the Golden Tigers.
Trying to get into the win column in 5A, Area 14, the Lady Warriors aimed their sights and revenge and got it Monday afternoon.
The first set was well in command by the Lady Warriors, with Josie Huckaby, Mackenzie Carter. Molly Pendley and Lexi Shadix dividing their time at the net with kills.
A kill from Shadix, following a serve by Sarah Chapman, sent West Point to a 15-8 lead. Pendley then followed with a kill and a kill by Shadix gave the home side a 17-9 comfort zone.
Gracie Thompson got a service winner, with assistance from a kill by Carter that upped the score to 23-12. A kill and a block from Hukaby ended the first set in 25-14 fashion.
Russellville withstood the challenge and gave West Point everything in game two. The Golden Tigers overcame a 12-7 deficit and eventually went in front at 18-17.
Poise from Regina Jones' Lady Warriors became evident as West Point took the lead at 20-19 on a kill by Shadix during a serve by Chapman.
But Russellville never surrendered. The Golden Tigers trimmed the margin to 24-23. West Point got the ball on the receiving side and done its work on a good set by Selena Clark, with Carter finishing the set on a tremendous kill and a 25-23 victory.
After Russellville coach Whitney Glover asked the officials to see if the net needing adjusting, in which it was a little low in the middle, West Point got inspiration from it and ran the Golden Tigers off the floor.
Six consecutive service points by Shadix, including an ace, raised the lead to 18-4. Russellville had no answer in slowing down the Lady Warriors as they took 59 minutes to claim victory for the first time in 5A, Area 14.
Good Hope got Russellville next and took down the Golden Tigers 25-16 in game one, getting service points and kills by Abi Orton, Jesse Kent, Chrissi Smith, Sidnie English and a set service winner from Skylar Tucker.
Leading early in the second set, the Lady Raiders stalled as Russellville began to take advantage of mistakes made by Natasha Holcombe's squad.
A 4-2 lead for Good Hope was quickly erased and Russellville had command to force the match into a tiebreaker.
Back and forth the lead swapped on the scoreboard in the third set. A volley from Savanna Burney had Good Hope in a tie at 12-12. A net foul on Russellville during a serve by English, put the Lady Raiders ahead 13-12.
Alee Jackson scored on a kill with Good Hope at 14-12, then a net foul by Smith gave Russellville a point to close to 14-13.
But the Golden Tigers hit the ball into the net in an attempt to return it to Good Hope, sending them to a 15-13 triumph and Russellville going back to Franklin County with a six-game losing streak.
In the matchup of Lady Warriors vs. Lady Raiders, West Point was too strong at the net as Shadix, Carter, Huckaby controlled the front line while service points late in the set came from Shadix and Thompson.
West Point was well in advantage during the second set, with a 20-11 surge and had Good Hope down 24-15.
But Smith broke service, then went to the service line and fired off six straight points, bringing the Lady Raiders momentum and only behind 24-20.
West Point shook off Smith's serving and concluded the match at 7:46 p.m. on a block at the net by Shadix.
The Lady Warriors are 7-1 at Jim Boyd Gymnasium. West Point was coming off victory in the Elkmont Invitational last Saturday in Limestone County, with wins against Lauderdale County, Ardmore, New Hope (2) and Elkmont in the finals.
West Point has not lost a game to a Cullman County opponent so far in the regular season.
Up next for West Point: At Hanceville Tuesday 4:00
Up next for Good Hope: Tri-match vs. Ashville, Cold Springs Tuesday 4:30.
Photo 1: L-R, Josie Huckaby, Mackenzie Carter, Natalie Pearce, Sarah Chapman, Happi Moore of West Point.
Photo 2: L-R, Selena Clark, Josie Huckaby, Mackenzie Carter of West Point at front row.
Photo 3: Good Hope coach Natasha Holcombe watching Lady Raiders vs. Russellville.
Photo 4: L-R, #6 Skylar Tucker, #25 Chrissi Smith of Good Hope.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point:
Lawrence Co 25 25 26
West Point 19 18 24
Lawrence Co (20-2, 1-0) wins match 3-0
Time of match: 1:15
Lawrence Co 25 24 13
Fairview 15 26 15
Fairview (17-2) wins match 2-1
Time of match: 1:02
Fairview 18 19
West Point 25 25
West Point (9-1) wins match 2-0
Time of match: 0:40
FLASH NOTES: Parity was shown Tuesday with no school leaving the gymnasium without a win and a loss in tri-match play.
For Lawrence County, it was taking the lead in 5A, Area 14 play over West Point.
For Fairview, it was the No. 10 squad in 4A, taking down the No. 3 team from 5A at a neutral site.
For West Point, it was handing Fairview its first defeat in Cullman County play.
Facing Lawrence County to begin the agenda, West Point played hard, but fell in close games 25-19, 25-18.
As they started the third set, the Lady Warriors went ahead and got the lead to 11-2 with serves coming from Lexi Shadix and Molly Pendley in finally leading the Red Devils for the first time in the match.
West Point was ahead 21-12 when Mackenzie Carter got a block at the net on a serve from Natalie Pearce. That was the last time momentum would stare down on the side of the Lady Warriors.
Lawrence County answered with a run, led by the serving of Alexis Heidt and kills by Savannah Graham.
After West Point led 24-23 when Josie Huckaby made a block at the net, the Red Devils evened the score on a kill from Heidt. Lakelyn Bennett then converted two serves, getting assistance by Heidt with a kill to close out the third set 26-24 and take the match.
Lawrence County very much had its way in the opening set with Fairview. A fast start with Heidt the key figure on the floor, enabled the Red Devils to lead 10-2 and never gave the Lady Aggies a chance to get back into it.
Determined not to be taken down without a fight, Tracy Means' Lady Aggies stepped up their performance to a breathtaking moment in game two.
Fairview led 22-21 on a kill by Tess Bailey and had it at 24-22 on a another kill by Bailey, off a good pass from Alivia Boyll.
Lawrence County avoided losing the set when Fairview was called for a net foul, followed by a serve from Samantha Parker that tied the set at 24-24.
Back came Fairview, with Daisy Mansaco going to two clutch efforts. A kill put them ahead 25-24 and then she had a block at the net on a serve from Boyll for a 26-24 final.
The tiebreaker was intense from the beginning and got to a controversial moment.
A call that first went against Fairview, claiming Bailey made multiple contact at the net, was reversed when the officials discussed it. That pulled the Lady Aggies to 11-10 in the third set, then consecutive serves by Isabella McGukin gave them the lead at 12-11.
Lawrence County answered on kills by Heidt and tied the score 13-13. Bailey, a left hander, drilled the ball by the Red Devil front line for a 14-13 lead and the match ended at 6:34 p.m. on a volley by Bailey, off a serve from Olivia Ball.
Fairview had ended Lawrence County's 5-game winning streak and took an impressive 11-game winning surge into the matchup vs. West Point.
Seeing the undefeated season stopped by Lawrence County, Regina Jones' Lady Warriors went back to work and were able to pull it out in a pair of hard fought sets with the defending county champion.
Shadix, Huckaby, Carter, Pendley did their thing at the net in regards of attacking Fairview's personnel of Micah Means, Ball, Bailey, McGukin and Manasco.
A 20-11 West Point lead was cut to 20-15 by service points from Ball and McGukin. West Point gained a service break and three consecutive service points from Gracie Thompson, then a service winner from Pendley put them ahead 1-0 in the match.
Blending in good serves by Thompson, Selena Clark, Sarah Chapman, West Point was ahead 18-10 on a kill from Carter.
Fairview challenged and drew within 20-19, thanks to four straight service points by McGukin.
But she served the next one long, giving West Point a 21-19 lead and allowing them to end the match by four consecutive service points from Thompson, with two kills by Shadix and a block from Carter to go home with a split of two stout opponents and nine wins in the first 10 assignments of the 2018 season.
Up next for West Point: At Russellville Thursday.
Up next for Fairview: At Ashville Thursday.
Photo 1: Fairview's Micah Means (1), West Point's Mackenzie Carter (23), Josie Huckaby (22).
Photo 2: West Point's Regina Jones talks to her team during a time out.
Photo 3: Lawrence County coach Robyn Hutto has a chat with her squad in a time out.
Photo 4: Fairview's Tess Bailey (13), Alivia Boyll (11), Katie Ball (2) at the net vs. West Point's Molly Pendley (1) and Sarah Chapman (5).
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Sportspage Game of the Week
At West Point Stadium:
Arab 6 20 0 0 - 26
West Pt 7 0 6 14 - 27
Arab: Jordan Hardin 7 run (Kick failed) 10:46 in 1st
WP: Hunter Persall 2 run (Stephen Rodriguez kick) 0:57 in 1st
Arab: Matt Tunage 4 run (Cole Simmons kick) 11:52 in 2nd
Arab: Christian Eaton 3 run (Kick failed) 5:39 in 2nd
Arab: Charles Reynolds 25 pass to William Hudson (Simmons kick) 0:00 in 2nd
WP: Rylan Jones 18 run (Kick failed) 10:00 in 3rd
WP: Persall 12 run (Rodriguez kick) 9:37 in 4th
WP: Jones 33 run (Rodriguez kick) 0:51 in 4th
FLASH NOTES: Mistakes were made by West Point throughout the contest, but the Warriors were able to offset the miscues, shutting out the Arabian Knights in the second half, driving the ball into the end zone twice in the fourth quarter on a short series and a very long series, making plays when it came critical for Don Farley's squad to do so.
In the first half, Arab executed its offense to solid numbers, 227 yards rushing and 65 passing for 292 total by halftime and a three-touchdown advantage.
A back breaker it seemed at the time it happened for the Knights was a 25-yard TD pass from Reynolds to Hudson on the final play of the half. Arab had just yielded West Point's potent offense 76 yards by the break, five first downs and kept Persall under wraps with 39 yards on the ground and had tackled him four times behind the line of scrimmage.
Coach Farley went back to basic football, seeing the Warriors win the third quarter by a 59-yard drive to open the half in just two minutes and gain 105 yards in the period, allowing the Knights 34 yards and two first downs.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Warriors hit disaster when Persall fumbled after catching a pass from Jones that gave Arab the ball at the Knights 10-yard line.
The special teams for the Knights gave coach Oscar Glasscock a headache all night. A 9-yard punt allowed West Point to set up a series at the Arab 19 in which Persall ended it on a 12-yard run and the conversion from Rodriguez closed it to 26-20 with still plenty of time remaining, 9:37.
Arab had a good drive on its next series, going from the 20 and reaching the West Point 49. But a false start forced the Knights to give up possession. A 30-yard kick had the Warriors pinned at their 19 with 3:46 remaining.
Jones tried to get rid of a pass on 1st down, but was penalized 10 yards back to the West Point nine for intentional grounding. The Warriors faced a fourth down play from their 23 and moved the ball to the West Point 49 when Jones hooked up with Kobe Bowers for a 26-yard gain.
The Jones and Rodriguez teamed up for a 10-yard completion and a first down at the Arab 39. A six-yard run by Jones brought it to the 33, where Persall took a handoff, went up the middle, then sprinted to the left side and was free to the end zone. Rodriguez booted the extra point down the middle and the Warriors were in front 27-26.
Arab took over on its 23, then saw the Warriors seal up the comeback when Roedriguez intercepted a Reynolds pass near midfield. West Point ran out the clock to go 2-0 on the season and enjoy a memorable victory in the first time the Warriors and Knights met on the gridiron.
The West Point domination offensively was evident in the second half with the Warriors gaining 156 yards rushing, 49 passing, 205 total, nine first downs. They allowed Arab 57 second half yards by the ground, 14 in the air, 71 total, four first downs in the final 24:00.
Up next for West Point: Vs. Hamilton Friday 7:00
Photo of Arab QB Charles Reynolds (7) moving his team toward the West Point end zone.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton