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October 30, 2013

CLASS 1A STATE VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY: Addison, Donoho set for 3rd straight title clash

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BIRMINGHAM —

Jessy Taylor went wild for 13 kills, three blocks and two digs, Holly Posey did whatever was needed with 29 assists, eight digs, three blocks, two kills and one ace, Jessica Robinson provided four kills, three aces and two digs, and Kayla Robinson was good for 10 digs, two aces and one kill.

Jessica Benton's fourth and final block clinched the match. She also had two kills, while Callie Brewer and Lauren Cutcher pitched in five and four digs, respectively.

“We've never really had a true MVP,” Wilkins said. “It's just different people. Everybody has to play well for us to win — we're not a big team — and I think they did.”

Addison needed just 38 minutes to breeze by Winterboro earlier in the afternoon. Posey, Hinton and Taylor led an extremely efficient attack to send Winterboro packing with a quick 25-6, 25-4, 25-5 blowout.

Posey closed out the contest with 12 straight points, including all seven of her aces, at the service stripe. The junior setter was also helpful with 26 assists, two kills, two digs and one block.

Hinton was a sight to behold with 14 kills and two blocks. Taylor also flexed her muscles by pitching in eight aces, seven kills, two blocks and one dig. Kayla Robinson chipped in three aces and one kill.

Donoho (40-10) moved on the championship match for the third year in a row by downing No. 8 Athens Bible (25-16, 25-18, 25-13) and No. 5 Meek (25-14, 25-18, 25-23).

The Bulldogs (54-6) bested the Falcons 25-13, 25-10 at their own tournament just last month. However, the same could be said in 2012, which ended with Donoho outlasting Addison in five sets for the second time in as many seasons.

“We were so young last year, but now we're more mature,” Robinson said. “Honestly everybody on this team, they're all pumped and not nervous now.”

Added Posey: “We have to be the more mature team. We can't let our nerves get to us this time. Last year, our nerves got to us bad.”

Hinton's plans for bringing the Bulldogs their first state title since 2010 and sixth overall were just as simple.

“I think we've all got to play our part and we'll get what we deserve and what we've been looking for, for the last several years,” she said.

 

% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 138 or at robk@cullmantimes.com.

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