COLD SPRINGS —
Holly Pond secured the No. 1 seed in the Cullman County Volleyball Tournament with a tri-match sweep over Cold Springs and Vinemont Thursday on the road.
The Broncos first put an end to Cold Springs’ nine-game win streak with a two-set victory — 25-22, 25-18 — and then followed that with a two-set triumph — 25-15, 25-21 — against Vinemont.
Taylor Terry had a monster night with 20 kills, 11 digs, six aces and three solo blocks, while Natasha Holcombe had a big presence at the net with eight kills, four aces, four digs, three solo blocks and two block assists. Taylor Rowell snagged 14 digs, seven kills, two aces and one solo block, and Lexy Malone had three digs, two aces, two kills, two block assists and one solo block. Kristen Sparks had a whopping 39 assists.
Other Holly Pond contributors were Rachel Finely, three kills and two digs; Lexi Lynn, 10 digs; Kaitlyn Stephens, nine digs; and Abby Gambrill, seven digs.
Cold Springs also beat Vinemont in two sets. Statistics were not provided for either team.
The Broncos have not lost a match to a county rival this season.
Holly Pond will travel to Class 2A West End on Monday to face the host school and 5A Boaz. Vinemont will host a tri-match next Tuesday with Cold Springs and Falkville.
% Cullman Christian 3, Cornerstone Christian 2: Jason White called Friday night’s road contest “one of the sloppiest, ugliest volleyball matches” he’d seen in years.
But the Lions won and improved to 16-0, so at least the Lions’ coach could go to sleep content.
“I’m exhausted,” he said. “But it’s a good exhaustion.”
Cullman Christian went back and forth with its rival in a five-set showdown — 22-25, 25-16, 16-25, 28-26, 15-11.
Haley White was unstoppable for a second straight match, collecting 19 kills, 11 assists, three aces and three saves. Christine Aldijaili pitched in 19 assists, eight kills and one ace, while Jordan Canaday nailed five kills and two aces. Holly Gray had seven aces and two kills.
The Lions will return home next Thursday to face Lindsay Lane before closing out the regular season the following night.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.