By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
Things didn’t quite go as planned for Cullman’s and West Point’s volleyball squads on Tuesday.
Both teams needed first-round wins in the Class 5A, Area 15 Tournament in order to continue their seasons at Saturday’s North Super Regional Tournament in Huntsville.
Unfortunately, it didn’t happen for either.
The Black and Gold were upended by East Limestone 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 in a very close match, while the Warriors were sent packing 25-8, 25-9, 25-5 by No. 2 Hartselle.
Cullman came out on the short end of a squeaker that could have very well went in the Bearcats’ favor had a few points gone a little differently, especially late in the first two sets.
In the first stanza, the Black and Gold jumped out to an 8-3 advantage and kept the lead until the Indians surged ahead to bring the score to 19-18.
Following five straight Cullman points, coach Michelle Greenlee’s team seemed to be in a favorable 23-19 position.
However, East Limestone went on to score the final six points of the set to take a 1-0 cushion.
The Indians didn’t let the momentum slip away, either, as they were simply too much for the Bearcats on this particular night.
Although disappointed with the outcome, Greenlee was quite optimistic about the future of Cullman volleyball moving ahead.
“I really don't know what happened out there,” she said following her team’s loss. “The first two games, we were going strong. They were just more ready than we were. We played hard, though.
“We also have some things to look forward next year. We are excited about the future, and I think we'll be better equipped to handle these kinds of matches.”
Stats for the Bearcats were not made available before presstime.
Meanwhile, West Point ended its season with an overwhelming loss to the host Tigers, the defending 5A state champions.
Madison Rusk collected three kills, three digs and one block, while Taylor Vest contributed three kills and three digs as well.
Cassie Mariano added three kills, and Lexi Bell was good for seven assists and one ace.
“We only lost one senior, so we are fairly young,” Warrior coach Regina Jones said. “We’ve got a good core coming back, so we will try to get better for next year.”
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.