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Rebels earn first volleyball win of season

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

Thorsby’s varsity volleyball team picked up a much-needed win on Sept. 4, their first of the year, over cross-county rival Maplesville in straight sets, 25-9, 25-19, 25-23.

It was all Rebels throughout the first set as Katlyn Watley led the Rebels with the serve to begin a 5-0 run to start the set.

Net presence: Thorsby’s Sabrina Ellison (No. 15) blocks a shot while Maplesville’s Kendrauna Griffen looks on.

Net presence: Thorsby’s Sabrina Ellison (No. 15) blocks a shot while Maplesville’s Kendrauna Griffen looks on.

The Red Devils stayed within six points of the Rebels until Zakeya Robinson led Thorsby on a 6-0 run to open up a 13-point lead on the way to a 25-9 set win.

The Rebels started Set 2 with a slim 5-4 lead before the Rebels went on a 4-0 run behind the serving of Lauren Wyatt.

The Red Devils hung close with the Rebels until Sabrina Ellison took over serving duties with a 19-15 lead.

With Ellison serving and Robinson giving the Red Devils grief at the net, the Rebels took the set, 25-19.

The Red Devils picked up their first real lead of the match by starting Set 3 with a 5-0 run behind the serving of Kendrauna Griffen.

Facing a seven-point deficit, Ellison took over serving duties for the Rebels to lead them back to a 10-all tie. Both teams exchanged points with neither leading by more than two, but it would be the Rebels that would pull out the win in the end to put the match away and pick up their first win of the season.

Watley had six aces in the match for Thorsby, while Ellison had five aces, four kills and two blocks.

Kerri Robinson posted 11 kills, and Erica Hilyer had 10 assists.

The Rebels junior varsity team took a 2-1 (20-25, 25-22, 15-9) victory over MHS.

Kaitlyn Lowery had four aces and five saves, while Lauren Wyatt and Anna Hilyer each had eight aces.