The Cullman Times
Addison is heading back to Birmingham with a vengeance once again.
The Bulldogs (52-6) earned their 12th consecutive Elite Eight appearance following a dominant showing at the North Super Regional at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on Saturday.
Following an easy opening-round win over Waterloo on Friday, No. 1 Addison reeled off three straight, three-set victories over Tharptown (25-4, 25-8, 25-10), No. 4 Spring Garden (25-14, 25-12, 25-9) and No. 5 Meek (25-10, 25-12, 25-12) to grab the Class 1A North Super Regional title and secure one of the top-two seeds in next week’s state tournnament at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Bulldogs’ quarterfinal matchup will be Wednesday against Winterboro, which finished fourth overall in the South Super Regional at Montgomery following a 25-22, 25-20, 25-13 loss to No. 9 Jefferson Christian.
The time of the match has yet to be determined.
Addison has finished runner-up to No. 2 Donoho the past two seasons after winning the state championship in 2010.
In other action, 3A No. 8 Good Hope and 2A No. 6 Cold Springs both saw its 2013 seasons come to a bitter close after respective three-sets losses to Winston County and No. 4 Lexington.
Coach Rosemary Brown’s squad (39-17) saw its bid to earn its first state tournament appearance since 2009 fall short in a 25-19, 25-14, 25-16 loss to the Yellow Jackets.
The Eagles, on the other hand, fell to the Golden Bears 25-22, 25-10, 25-11 to end their season at 37-11 overall.
In Friday action, Holly Pond fell 25-13, 25-11, 25-9 to 3A No. 3 Madison Academy (37-10). The Broncos (21-23) qualified for the tourney as the Area 12 Tournament runner-up.
Meanwhile, Fairview's postseason run was also cut short, as the Aggies fell to 4A No. 6 Pope John Paul II (23-20) in four sets 25-11, 23-25, 25-13, 25-19.
Fairview came into the tourmament as the Area 9 runner-up and finished its year at 24-24.
% The Times' sports writer Jake Winfrey contributed to this report.