Area volleyball teams getting ready for upcoming season
by Gary Hanner
Jul 27, 2012 | 3045 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
summer volleyball
The Ashville volleyball team finished in second place Saturday at a summer tournament in Moody. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Chelsea in the tournament finals. Pictured are Alicia Heath and Autumn Swearengin with a block in the match against Leeds.
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Nine teams gathered at Moody High School last weekend for a summer volleyball tournament. Ashville, Leeds, St. Clair, Chelsea, Lincoln, Mortimer Jordan, Pinson Valley, Shelby County and host Moody all competed in the tournament. 
Play continued until the wee hours of the night with Chelsea and Ashville playing for the championship.
Chelsea defeated Ashville while SCCHS finished tied for third place.
The Lady went 5-2 for the tournament. They defeated Moody to open the day 25-21, 26-24, and then upended Lincoln 25-18, 25-14.
Their first loss was to Chelsea, 25-11, 25-15, but they bounced back to beat Shelby County 25-21, 25-16. The Lady Saints then defeated Pinson Valley 30-17, and then held on to beat Mortimer Jordan 17-25, 25-21, 15-9.
In the semifinals, SCCHS lost to Ashville 25-17, 25-10.
The Lady Bulldogs won three matches, tied two in pool play and fell in the championship match to Chelsea.
Ashville defeated Leeds 2-0 and tied Mortimer Jordan and Pinson Valley 1-1 each. 
Ashville then defeated Leeds 25-12, 25-20, then SCCHS 25-17, 25-10 to earn a shot at Chelsea in the title match.
Ashville won the first game 25-18, but lost the next two, 25-14, 15-9.
Leading Ashville during the tournament was Autumn Swearengin with 75 kills, 13 blocks and 10 aces. Alicia Heath had 82 assists, 43 digs, and 15 aces, while Rochelle Landry had 17 digs. 
Marrin Cater finished the day with 33 assists, 16 digs and seven aces while Nikki Moss had 30 kills and 28 digs. Mollie Huff had 21 kills and 43 digs while Kelsey Martin had seven kills and seven aces.

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