By Rob Ketcham
The Cullman Times
BIRMINGHAM — Addison needed just 38 minutes to breeze by Winterboro in its quarterfinal match at the Elite Eight State Volleyball Tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Holly Posey, Summer Hinton and Jessy Taylor led an extremely efficient attack for top-ranked Addison (53-6), which sent 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 good for 26 assists, two kills, two digs and one block.
Hinton proved to be Addison's most powerful player with 14 kills and two blocks. Taylor also flexed her muscles by pitching in eight aces, seven kills, two blocks and one dig. Senior Kayla Robinson chipped in three aces and one kill.
Next up for Addison will be St. Luke's at 7 p.m. The third-ranked Wildcats took nearly 90 minutes to eliminate No. 4 Spring Garden 25-19, 25-23, 25-14.
Addison defeated St. Luke's 25-16, 25-17 in the semis at the Donoho Classic in mid-September. The Bulldogs then beat the host Falcons 25-13, 25-10 to hoist the tournament trophy for the second year in a row.
Second-ranked Donoho and No. 5 Meek will fill out the other semifinal, which is also scheduled for 7 p.m.
Addison and Donoho have been on a crash course for yet another date in the state championship match all season long. The Bulldogs, winners of five state titles since Pam Wilkins took over the program in 2003, have finished as runners-up to the Falcons each of the last two seasons.
% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 138 or at email@example.com.