Jemison holds serve, wins Invitational tourney
From staff reports
The Jemison volleyball team was a rude host Saturday.
The Panthers invited several other squads to Alton Cobb Gymnasium, and then beat them all.
Jemison (25-6) went 5-0 on the day behind the play of tournament Most Valuable Player Kasi Wells to win the Jemison Invitational.
The Panthers made it out of pool play by defeating Thorsby (25-14, 25-20), Montevallo (25-12, 15-25, 16-14) and Chilton County High (22-25, 25-10, 15-12), and then defeated Isabella (25-17, 27-25) in a semifinal match.
In the championship match, the hosts beat Calera (25-23, 25-14), who had eliminated Thorsby from the tournament in the other semifinal match, 25-18, 25-23.
“We played very well at times, and we played hard all day,” Thorsby coach Ginger Williams said. “Right now, these young ladies are playing hard every day, and that is what we must always do.”
Thorsby defeated CCHS (25-21, 20-25, 15-12) and Montevallo (25-10, 25-15).
Brittany Maddox had 25 kills, five blocks, three aces and 19 digs on the day. Michelle Hendrix had four assists, five aces and 22 digs; and Stephanie Moore had 10 kills, five blocks and six digs.
Kelsie Davis contributed eight kills and one block, Sade’ Archie had 11 kills and one block, and Desiree Evans had nine aces and three digs.
Holly Smith chipped in five kills, 41 assists, three aces and eight digs.
The all-tournament team included Tabatha Cork, Emily Smithey and Dallis Vanderslice from Jemison; Kimi Jones from Isabella and Lauren Stewart from CCHS.
Thorsby’s selection was shared by the entire team.
“We could not choose just one,” Williams said. “We explained to the girls that without each and every one of our players, from those who played all day to those sitting the bench, we would not have been able to make it as far as we did.”