Addison is one step closer to playing for its sixth state title in 10 years after making quick work of No. 10 Akron Wednesday afternoon at the state volleyball tournament in Birmingham.
The top-ranked Bulldogs dominated all three sets of the Class 1A quarterfinal, winning 25-6, 25-5, 25-12. They will play Sacred Heart tonight at 5 p.m. for a spot in Thursday morning's championship match.
Stora Gilliland and Chelsea Posey led by example in Addison's lopsidedvictory over the Rams. Gilliland, the team's libero (defensive specialist), came up with 16 digs, while Posey displayed her power with eight kills.
“Our two seniors played solid,” coach Pam Wilkins said. “They're truly our leaders, both of them.”
Outside hitter Kayla Robinson matched Posey's kill total, and Jessy Taylor pitched in with five aces and four kills. Holly Posey contributed 26 assists.
At this late juncture in the season, Wilkins' eyes are only on the top prize, so it's no wonder she still saw room for improvement following the Bulldogs' opening match.
Because they're accustomed to the low ceiling in Addison's gym, the coach said her girls had trouble adjusting to the noticeably higher dimensions of the Birmingham Crossplex, which resulted in an uncharacteristic amount of mis-timed jumps.
“We didn't do a good job of judging the overpass today at the net at all,” Wilkins said. “But that's to be expected out of younger kids.”
The coach's only other area of concern regarded crowd noise. With six matches being played and 12 rowdy fanbases cheering on their respective teams at the same time, communication becomes increasingly difficult.
“It's just so loud in here,” Wilkins said. “When they can't hear each other and they don't communicate, things go wrong. We talked about that because it's only going to get louder.”
Addison's hopes for a rematch of last year's final are still alive and well, as Donoho advanced with an easy win over Meek on Wednesday. The No. 2 Falcons will play Lynn at 5 p.m. tonight in a semifinal matchup.
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