Prep volleyball: Pleasant Valley upsets Ohatchee
by Jordan Smith
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Ohatchee's Courtney Poole (18) hits the ball against Pleasant Valley's Abby Hedgepath. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Ohatchee's Courtney Poole (18) hits the ball against Pleasant Valley's Abby Hedgepath. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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Pleasant Valley shocked Class 2A, Area 12 opponent Ohatchee on Tuesday when the Raiders scored a sweep 25-17, 25-18 and 28-26, handing the Indians only their fifth loss in 19 matches this season.

Raiders head coach Danna Bryant was “real proud” of her girls.

“We have quite a bit of young ones,” she said. “We’ve had to work on communicating and talking more. Those are some things that showed tonight.”

The first set was never in doubt. The Raiders never trailed and at one point led Ohatchee by 11. The second set was a different story.

“I told our girls they needed to have more heart, more pride, be more scrappy and outplay their opponent,” Ohatchee coach Rachael Pruitt said.

Unfortunately for Ohatchee, the Indians couldn't overcome a strong Pleasant Valley effort.

The teams traded the lead 10 times. On the 10th lead change, the Raiders went on a 5-0 run that put the set out of reach.

The final set was just as thrilling as the second. The lead changed hands 13 times. After Pleasant Valley pulled away late and held a 24-18 lead, Ohatchee scored seven unanswered points to pull ahead. The Raiders tied the set again before winning the match.

Kaylee Benifield had 10 kills to lead Pleasant Valley (10-14, 3-0), while Baily Turner added 25 assists and Anna Bryant had three aces and 19 digs. The Raiders return to action Thursday at home against Donoho.

Ohatchee (14-5) was led by Joria Steger with nine kills, Mattie Coger with 25 assists and three aces and Morgan Lee with 12 digs. The Indians return to action Thursday at Victory Christian.

Donoho 3, Spring Garden 0 -- At Spring Garden, Donoho's Corey Phillis managed 17 kills, which gives her 1,015 for her high school varsity volleyball career.

She also had eight blocks and 16 digs in a 25-15, 25-15, 25-19 victory.

Rylee Segrest had 31 assists, three blocks and three digs for Donoho (20-4), while Kayla Wallace added six kills, two aces and 13 digs.

Saks 3, Sacred Heart 0 -- Jordan Briskey had 10 kills and four digs as Saks won 25-14, 25-16, 25-15. Baylee Snider contributed eight kills.

Tiffany Springer had 11 digs and a pair of aces, while Jaelyn Wilson contributed four aces and 25 assists.

Saks (11-9) will host Weaver on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Oxford 3, Gadsden City 0 — At Gadsden, the Lady Yellow Jackets swept Gadsden City 25-15, 25-11, 25-9.

Breanna Nolan and Lexie Higgins led the team with six kills each. Higgins added four digs.

Morgan Whaley led the team in assists with 11. Katey Skinner added eight.

Oxford (15-9) hosts Pell City on Thursday.

Jacksonville 3, Hokes Bluff 0 — At Hokes Bluff, the Lady Golden Eagles came away with a sweep, winning 25-13, 25-21, 25-13.

Katie Neisler led the team with 16 kills, four blocks and two aces. Ashley Clingan added 27 assists.

Blessing Dunn had 11 kills and three blocks, and Halee Stallings finished with 10 kills, five blocks and three aces.

Jacksonville (15-4) hosts Alexandria on Thursday.
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