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Sneads and Cottondale split games in volleyball

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Hailey Chambliss sends the ball over the net with Taylor Dumas ready to assist if needed Hailey Chambliss sends the ball over the net with Taylor Dumas ready to assist if needed Kathy S. Johnson

The Cottondale Lady Hornets volleyball team traveled across Jackson County to take on the always tough, five-straight state champion Sneads Lady Pirates last week. Cottondale knew going into the match they would have their hands full but they never folded.  In the end, both teams were victors with the junior varsity Lady Hornets taking the win over Sneads and the Lady Pirates taking the win in the varsity match.

In junior varsity action, Cottondale won 25-18 and 25-20.  Cottondale coach Kevin Potts said after the game, “Jersie McGinty and Hailey Chambliss both had a great game service the ball for us.  The entire team played smart volleyball. We tried to not beat ourselves and we did a fair job at that. We really wanted this game.  Seven of our JV players were a part of our middle school ‘A’ team that lost three close games to Grand Ridge. That was all the motivation the team needed.  Really proud of them going into Sneads and just playing our style of volleyball.  Sneads and Grand Ridge are tough places to win.”

Varsity match went to Sneads in three sets, 25-7, 25-7 and 25-8.  

Leading Sneads in blocks were Lacee Glover and Michaela Edenfield with eight blocks each, followed by Ariana Lee with seven. On board with six blocks was Kiara Garrett with Jordyn Riano, Allura Sheheane, and Kazia Gainer with one block each. 

Jordyn Riano led with eight serves, followed by Lacee Glover with five. On board with two was Ariana Lee, with Kiara Garrett, Abby Perkins and Allura Sheheane on board with one each.

Kazia Gainer recorded eight blocks, while Lacee Glover, Kiara Garrett, Jordyn Riano and Allura Sheheane all had one each. Jordyn Riano posted 32 assists on the evening. 

Stats were not available for Cottondale. Coach Kevin Potts said after the game, “We just never got anything going at all. Sneads is a superior offensive team but we definitely did not play with any effort. The varsity game will be one that we need to put behind us and work even harder. Sneads is where they are because they are going to try to win every single point, no matter the opponent or the score. Something we as a young team are still building on.”

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