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Cold Springs took advantage of its top-seed status Thursday at West Point, defeating Holly Pond (25-19, 25-17) and then Good Hope (25-15, 25-22) in the championship game to win the 2012 Cullman County Junior Varsity Volleyball Tournament.
The Eagles were led by Keegan Johnson, who had 24 assists, eight aces, five digs and a kill in both matches. Hanna Wilson was also valuable with seven kills, four aces, four digs, three tips and an assist. Josie Stanley pitched in six kills and two digs, and Savannah Calvert had four kills, one dig and one tip.
The Raiders advanced to the title game with victories over Hanceville and Vinemont. Holly Pond beat Fairview in the first round, while Vinemont eliminated West Point.
The following players were selected to the All-County JV Team: Johnson, Wilson and Payton Strawbridge, Cold Springs; Kylee Yancey, Fairview; Sarah Earnest, Angel Baker and Heather Lowery, Good Hope; Melissa Clingman and Chloe Lee, Holly Pond; Caitlin Kuykendall and McKenzie Newman, Vinemont; and Jamie Hyde, West Point.
The No. 1 seed also claimed the Cullman County Middle School Volleyball Tournament, as the Warriors stormed by Cold Springs, Vinemont and Good Hope to win the trophy.
The Raiders defeated Hanceville and Harmony before a hard-fought 25-17, 19-25, 15-5 loss to West Point in the championship match.
Vinemont beat Fairview in the first round, while Harmony put an end to Holly Pond’s night. Cold Springs won the play-in match versus Parkside to open the tournament.
The following players were selected to the All-County Middle School Team: Regan Garmon and Courtney Lewis, Cold Springs; Phoneix Janusas and Megan Marks, Fairview; Emma Pugh and Jamie Stinson, Good Hope; Erin Wise and Ashley Powell, Hanceville; Meghin Clowers and Madison Lively, Harmony; Maddie Folds and Presley Marks, Holly Pond; Savanah Fortner and Taylor Martin, Parkside; Anna Hughes and Zoe Thomas, Vinemont; and Bailee Yearwood and Lillie Burdette, West Point.
Class 1A No. 1 Addison avenged a season-opening loss to top-ranked Hartselle (5A) by edging the Tigers in a close two-set (25-23, 28-26) decision Thursday night on the road.
The Bulldogs then turned around and made quick work of Pope John Paul II, the No. 5 team in 4A, also in two sets (25-20, 25-16).
Holly Posey did a little bit of everything with 18 assists, nine kills, eight digs and six aces in both matches, while her sister, Chelsea, had 16 digs, 12 kills and three aces. Ragen Yarbrough contributed 10 assists and six digs, Jesse Taylor was good for eight kills and four blocks, Carly Westmoreland and Stora Gilliland had 19 and 15 digs, respectively, and Kayla Robinson nailed seven kills.
Addison will test its 33-2 record at today’s Danville Tournament of Champions. Bulldog coach said Hartselle, Pope John Paul II, Class 3A No. 1 Bayside Academy and a great deal of the state’s other top squads are also scheduled to participate.
% St. Bernard 3, Hanceville 0: The Saints bested their in-county rival for the third time this season, picking up their fifth win in the process.
Abigail Mescher was a big-time helper with 17 assists, two aces and one kill in St. Bernard’s 25-16, 25-18, 25-7 victory Thursday night at home. Michayla Brown had a hot hand with eight aces and four kills.
Other Saint contributors were Candace Rosenhoover, four kills and two aces; Katherine Gamble and Zoie Wilson, three kills and two aces; and Alli Messick, two kills and two aces.
St. Bernard returns to the court Monday at Asbury.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.