Piedmont picks up area victory over Weaver, falls to Hokes Bluff
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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Piedmont picked up another Class 3A, Area 10 volleyball victory on Thursday of last week, downing visiting Weaver 25-6, 25-18, 25-12.

Keshauna Jones had a big day at the service line and on defense for the Bulldogs. She contributed 11 aces and seven digs to the win, both team highs.

Setter Mallory Roberts dished out 11 assists. Carlie Flowers had nine kills and four aces. Riesha Thompson had four kills. Torre Roberts had three kills and four digs. Ashlynne Rivers recorded Piedmont’s only block and added a kill, an ace and two assists.

On September 17, the Bulldogs hosted Hokes Bluff and Faith Christian. In the opener against Hokes Bluff, Piedmont won the first set 27-25. The Eagles got the next two games 26-24 and 15-13 to claim the match. Piedmont’s inability to close out what she thought should have been a victory brought an angry response from coach Grace Strott.

“We’ve just got to get that instinct to put somebody away,” Strott said. “They’re moving now. They’re doing the technical stuff alright but it’s just the mental part of finishing a match.”

In the second match, the Bulldogs defeated Faith 25-17, 25-8.

For the day, Bre Green led the defense with 11 digs. Mallory Roberts had 25 assists and eight aces. Thompson finished with 14 kills while Flowers had nine kills and four aces.

The Bulldogs were to play Collinsville and Cedar Bluff at Cedar Bluff Tuesday. Piedmont goes to White Plains Thursday for another Area 10 match. The Bulldogs play at Oxford against Oxford and Saks Monday then host Ranburne on Tuesday of next week.

Strott said practice time during the week would involve “consequences and rewards” as her players work on developing the instinct to finish games.

“We’ve been doing a lot of passing drills that progress into game situations,” she said. “We start off with basic passing drills. I add something and we get to a game situation and play at that point. Then I get to set up a (new) situation.”
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