By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
The Cullman volleyball team picked up three wins on Thursday while managing to halt what had been a hot streak by Holly Pond.
The Bearcats defeated the Broncos in three sets (25-17, 20-25, 15-12) to complete off the quad-match sweep at Fairview. Cullman also defeated the host Aggies (26-24, 28-26) and Douglas (25-13, 26-24) in its earlier matches.
“I’m so proud of the team and how they played today,” coach Kristen Jochum-Barnett said. “These were really big wins heading into the area tournament.”
The Bearcats were led by Roxanne Orr, who had an impressive stat-line, notching 18 kills, seven aces and four blocks over three matches. Olivia Kontogeorge added 13 kills, four blocks and two aces, while Oakleigh White collected eight kills, two aces and one block. Cullman was also aided by Erica Thomas’ 13 kills and Kaitlyn Brannon’s 35 assists.
Stats for Holly Pond were not readily available at the conclusion of the match.
The Bearcats were able to play well, even during what could be a distracting week for most high school students.
“It’s homecoming week this week and this was our fifth match so far,” Jochum-Barnett said. “I thought the girls stayed very focused for all of their matches.”
Cullman will look to continue its winning ways when volleyball squads across the state begin area tournament play on Oct. 18.
% Holly Pond 2, Fairview 0: The Broncos handled the Aggies (25-8, 25-13) in earlier play.
County MVP Taylor Terry accounted for four aces, eight kills and four digs in the win. Natasha Holcombe added five kills and three blocks, while Taylor Rowell had 10 kills and five digs. Kristen Sparks also chipped in with 26 assists.
The Aggies were led by Carli Ashley’s two aces. Melody Manasco added one ace as well.
% Holly Pond 2, Douglas 0: The Broncos made short work of the Eagles (25-11, 25-7).
This match was a tale of two Taylors, as Terry amassed seven kills, three aces, two digs and two solo blocks. The other Taylor, Rowell, threw in 10 digs and seven kills in the two-set win.
Other Bronco contributors included Lexy Malone, three aces, three digs and two kills; Sparks, 23 assists and three digs; Holcombe, three kills, one dig, one ace and one solo block; and Lexi Lynn, five digs and one kill.
% Cullman 2, Douglas 0: The Bearcats survived a close second set to defeat Douglas (25-13, 26-24).
Orr showed out, collecting five aces and five kills during the match. Thomas added five kills of her own, while Brannon dictated the scoring with 15 assists.
% Cullman 2, Fairview 0: In the first match for both teams, the Bearcats came out on top in what was a closely contested match, defeating the Aggies (26-24, 28-26).
Kontogeorge led Cullman with eight kills to go along with two aces and two blocks. Orr chipped in with seven kills and two aces. Other Bearcat stats included Brannon’s 20 assists, Thomas’ seven kills and White’s four kills and two aces.
For the Aggies, Manasco had four aces and two digs. Ashley had one ace, while Taylor Edge and Julia Creel each accounted for one block.
% Douglas 2, Fairview 1: The Aggies dropped all three of their matches on Thursday including their final one — a three-set loss at the hands of the Eagles.
Fairview was defeated by a final count of 20-25, 25-18, 15-13. Stats for the Aggies were not available at the conclusion of the match.
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