It’s common knowledge that most schools try to schedule a beatable opponent for events like homecoming and senior night.
So why, oh why did Hartselle think it’d be a good idea to invite top-ranked Addison to the latter on Thursday evening?
It might’ve had something to do with the Bulldogs’ Class 1A status, but it didn’t seem to matter a bit, as the small-school powerhouse tamed the 5A, No. 2 Tigers 25-22, 25-21 and then took care of 4A, No. 1 Guntersville 25-20, 25-20.
“That was a big night for us,” Addison coach Pam Wilkins said. “When they schedule you on senior night, that always fires my girls up.”
As has been the case all season, the Bulldogs’ contributions were spread evenly amongst a number of players. Summer Hinton was rather impressive with 10 digs, seven aces and seven kills, while Holly Posey helped out with 26 assists, 13 digs and three aces. Callie Brewer chipped in 14 digs and nine kills, Jessy Taylor was good for 11 kills and six blocks, Jessica Robinson came through with 10 kills and Jessica Benton had seven blocks.
With Thursday night’s pair of triumphs, as well as victories against 5A, No. 7 Walker and 3A, No. 3 West Morgan on Tuesday, Addison increased its win streak to 17 matches.
Making that success even more remarkable is the fact the Bulldogs have still been without key cog Kayla Robinson, who broke her foot on Friday the 13th last month. Wilkins said she expects Robinson to return on Monday, though the coach was pleased with the way Brewer has filled in during the senior leader and outside hitter’s absence.
Addison took its 28-3 record into the weekend’s Danville Tournament of Champions, which features top-ranked squads from all six of the state’s classifications. Wilkins said the Bulldogs were one of three 1A teams signed up for the annual event.
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.