CULLMAN — Cullman Christian School had a challenging match on Tuesday night against area-rival Bethel out of Hartselle.
The Lions won the first, second and fourth sets at 25-14, 25-17 and 25-20, while dropping the third set 25-22. But with the win, Cullman Christian improves to 12-0.
Haley White had three aces, 13 kills and 12 assists. Yancey York had two aces, one kill and two blocks. Christine Aldijaili had two aces, 11 kills and 12 assists. Holly Gray had five aces, and Carolina Holbrook had four.
“These were some of the longest rallies we’ve seen all season,” coach Jason White said. “Bethel did not let balls touch the ground. But whenever we needed it, Haley and Christine would come up with a kill that they couldn’t touch. It made a big difference. Yancey had a couple of big blocks on their middle, which was really one of the turning points in the fourth set.”
White said less-than-stellar serving was a big factor in dropping the third set.
“We had a poor night serving,” he said. “That was one thing that hurt us in the third set. The match was exciting for the fans, no question about that, but with Bethel it always is. It was a good win for the girls, but now we’ve got to get ready and keep our lead in the area.”
The Lions come back home Thursday to host First Assembly out of Talledega.
% The Times sports writer Laura Owens contributed to this report.