Prep volleyball: Jacksonville repeats with wins over Oxford, Donoho
by Jordan Smith
Special to The Star
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Oxford's Sara Connell spikes the ball between Jacksonville's Katie Neisler and Tamaria Mays. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Oxford's Sara Connell spikes the ball between Jacksonville's Katie Neisler and Tamaria Mays. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Three days after beating Oxford and Donoho to take the Calhoun County volleyball title, Jacksonville High beat those two teams again in a tri-match Tuesday.

The Golden Eagles edged Oxford 22-25, 25-18, 16-14, then beat Donoho 25-20, 25-21. In a third match, Oxford edged Donoho 25-22, 22-25, 15-11.

“It’s hard to come off an emotional day like Saturday and turn right around and play the last two teams you play there,” Jacksonville head coach David Clark said. “I think we’re mentally tired as well as physically. They found enough with each other to keep each other going. I really liked our heart and determination tonight.”

Jacksonville (26-9) found itself in a familiar situation as it did Saturday. Just as in the county semifinals, the Golden Eagles dropped the first set to Oxford 25-22. It was the last set Jacksonville lost on the night.

The Golden Eagles took the second set 25-18. Oxford had plenty of chances to put the match away in the third set but could not capitalize on them. The Yellow Jackets led by as many as four points three times.

The Yellow Jackets were ahead 14-13, needing only one more point for a victory, but Jacksonville pulled off a 3-0 run to take the final set.

There was little time for the Golden Eagles to rest. They took on Donoho after Oxford, sweeping both sets for the victory.

Jacksonville’s Ashley Clingan had 32 assists, while Blessing Dunn managed 18 kills and 11 digs, and Katie Neisler compiled 16 kills and eight digs. The Golden Eagles return to action Thursday at Alexandria.

Oxford (23-15) and Donoho faced off in the final match of the night. Oxford won the first set, then went on a 5-0 run to start the second set, forcing Donoho to call timeout. After the break, Donoho climbed back into the set and won it 25-22.

A 9-0 run for Oxford put the third set out of reach.

“My kids played well tonight,” Oxford head coach Wendy McKibbin said. “They played well in both matches. Both of them are very good teams. We always have a good matchup when we play Jacksonville or Donoho.”

Lexie Higgins had 32 digs and 14 kills to pace Oxford, while Breanna Nolan contributed 19 digs and 12 kills. Morgan Whaley had 24 assists, and Alex Cheatwood managed three aces. Katey Skinner added three aces and 18 assists.

Corey Phillis had 21 kills, nine blocks and 29 digs for Donoho. Rylee Segrest managed 39 assists and 24 digs, while Camille Fink had 10 kills and Jordan Ray 22 digs and seven kills.

The Falcons will not have to wait long for another shot at Oxford. The two meet again Thursday at Donoho as part of a tri-match with Spring Garden.

Piedmont 2, Sacred Heart 0; Piedmont 2, Cedar Bluff 1; Piedmont 2, Lincoln 0 – Piedmont picked up three wins on a night in which the program honored its senior class, knocking off Sacred Heart 25-21, 25-20, Cedar Bluff 25-21, 18-25, 15-8 and Lincoln 25-13, 25-21.

The Bulldogs’ lone senior, Mallory Roberts, finished with 26 assists, five kills, four aces and a block. Riesha Thompson added 17 kills, and Carlie Flowers had 15 kills and 10 aces.

Piedmont (16-21) travels to Gadsden City on Thursday.

Ohatchee 3, Wellborn 1; Ohatchee 2, Munford 1 – Courtney Poole had 15 kills and 16 digs as Ohatchee beat Wellborn 26-24, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18 and Munford 25-13, 22-25, 15-11.

Mattie Coger added 38 assists, and Morgan Lee had 11 kills and 26 digs. Silver Miller had eight kills. Kaelin Cobb had 18 digs as the libero.
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