Spring Garden completed a sweep of its Class 1A, Area 13 volleyball opponents on Tuesday of last week with a victory over visiting Collinsville. As Area 13 champion, Spring Garden will host the area tournament on October 21.
“I thought we started out pretty good,” Spring Garden coach Ben Carroll said of the Collinsville match. “We jumped on them pretty quick, won set one 25-12, won set two 25-15 and I was pleased with that. Then, I think we got a little relaxed going into set three, momentum shifted kind of early. (We) couldn’t get it back on our side, lost set three 25-22. We picked it back up, won set four 25-12.”
Madison Sides had a big night for Spring Garden with 13 kills and nine digs. Motes recorded nine kills. Smith and Emory Reedy each had seven kills. Reedy added six service aces. Darby Bryant finished with 12 assists, 10 digs and two aces. McKenzie Micha had 10 assists. Maddie Micha had eight digs and four aces. Rachel Scott served six aces and Hayley Williams made six digs.
“Overall, I thought we played pretty good. They just can’t get relaxed. Just because you won the first two, it isn’t over,” Carroll cautioned.
The coach said his players were pleased to be able to play at home in the area tournament but not overly excited by winning the area. They have higher aspirations.
In the JCA match, Cronan dished out nine assists. Bryant made nine assists and eight digs. Motes had 10 kills and 12 aces. Maddie Micha served six aces and added three kills. Smith had four aces and three kills. Sides had five kills and Reedy contributed three aces.
The Panthers take on host Donoho and Oxford Thursday in Anniston then play in the West End tournament Saturday. Spring Garden meets Piedmont at 9 a.m. in its first pool play match. The Panthers take on Geraldine at noon and intra-county rival Sand Rock at 1 p.m.