Lady Panthers run record to 9-4 as season begins
by Rip Donovan
Sports Correspondent
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A pair of wins Monday evening at Collinsville pushed Spring Garden’s volleyball record to 9-4 two weeks into the season. Panthers’ coach Ben Carroll said Tuesday experience has helped his 2013 team get off to a hot start.

He said this year’s group of five seniors, two juniors and six sophomores is easily able to “take a concept, take a drill, take a play” and utilize it in game situations.

“We were able to execute some quick hits (Monday night). That’s something we’ve been working on. I just think experience is our strength right now,” Carroll said.

In Monday’s opener, Sylvania fell to Spring Garden 25-10, 25-11. Senior middle hitter Dallas Smith had five kills against Sylvania. Sophomore right side hitter Madison Sides had four kills, five service aces and six digs. Junior right side Emory Reedy contributed three kills and six digs while junior Kenzie Micha had seven assists.

In Monday’s nightcap, Spring Garden spanked area foe Collinsville 3-0 in a best-of-5 match. The scores were 25-6, 25-7, 25-12. Senior middle Haley Motes had the hot hand in the Collinsville match. She blasted 11 kills and added three blocks.

Senior setter Darby Bryant had 14 assists, four kills and five aces. Sides contributed four kills and an equal number of aces. Reedy had six aces.

The Panthers roster also features seniors Kaylee Cronan and Maddie Micha and sophomores Abbie Porter, Alex Robertson, Rachel Scott, Josie Smith and Hayley Williams.

Collinsville was the first Class 1A opponent for Spring Garden this year.

The Panthers’ four losses have come at the hands of Arab, Crossville, Sand Rock and Ohatchee.

Spring Garden played at Hokes Bluff Tuesday evening.

Gaylesville and Sardis come to Spring Garden Thursday.

The Panthers play in the Donoho tournament in Anniston Saturday.

They begin pool play at 9 a.m. against Jefferson Christian then take on Holy Spirit of Tuscaloosa at noon and Addison, last year’s Class 1A runner-up, at 2 p.m.
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