Prep volleyball roundup: White Plains gets first area win
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White Plains' Taylor Snellgrove hits against Weaver's Darla McGathy on Tuesday at Weaver.
White Plains' Taylor Snellgrove hits against Weaver's Darla McGathy on Tuesday at Weaver.
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WEAVER — White Plains got its elusive first area win Tuesday by sweeping Weaver 3-0 in sets that scored 25-13, 25-19 and 25-13. The Wildcats (6-2, 1-1) never trailed in any of the sets.

White Plains coach Joi Watts said she was happy with the win but stated that they “still have a lot of things to work on.”

“The girls are still getting adjusted to what I want to see from them,” she said. “They’ve been working hard, giving me all they have in the gym, so I’m pleased that we came away with the win.”

Watts wants the Wildcats to play with more energy than they showed Tuesday. One player that stood out to her with energy was Sophie Taylor, who tied with Ann-Katherine Dothard with four kills.

“You’re always going to get a great play out of her,” Watts said. “She’s just all-around: kills, defense, energy. She’s my captain, and she’s a great leader for us.”

Rachel Snider led the Wildcats with 35 assists, and Heley Helms added eight digs. Taylor Snellgrove and Caley Ponder had four aces each.

White Plains will play Thursday against Pleasant Valley at Jacksonville.

Weaver coach Casey Maples said that the Bearcats are “working hard and playing with a lot of effort.”

“We just need our skills to match our effort right now,” she said. “The score, I don’t feel like, really reflected how hard they did play. Hopefully, we can get that score up, too, and make a run in our area.”

The Bearcats play Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic.

Piedmont at Ranburne — Piedmont split a tri-match at Ranburne, beating Faith Christian 25-23, 25-23 and losing to 25-21, 25-19 to Ranburne.

Piedmont’s Mallory Roberts had 22 assists on the day, Carlie Flowers added 15 kills, Riesha Thompson scored 14 kills and Ashlynne Rivers had 10 digs.

Piedmont will host to White Plains and Pleasant Valley on Thursday.

Oxford at Pell City — Oxford beat Pell City 25-12, 25-11, 25-7.

For the Yellow Jackets, Lexie Higgins had 15 kills, three digs, two aces. Deja Owens added six kills, four digs and a block. Katey Skinner had 16 assists and four aces, and Morgan Whaley added 16 assists, five digs and two aces.

Oxford (5-3) will play host to Gadsden City on Thursday.

Jacksonville at Pleasant Valley ­— Jacksonville beat host Pleasant Valley 25-9, 25-22 and lost to Donoho 26-24, 25-18, 15-10.

For Jacksonville, Ashley Clingan had 44 assists, and Katie Neisler turned in 22 kills and 13 digs. Lessing Dunn had 15 kills and 10 digs, and Tamaria Mays added 10 kills.

Jacksonville (7-3) will play at Oneonta on Thursday in a match that will also involve Arab and Boaz.

Donoho at Pleasant Valley — Donoho beat Saks 25-18, 25-11 and Jacksonville 24-26, 25-18, 15-10.

Against Saks, Corey Phillis had seven kills, eight digs and five blocks. Rylee Segrest had 18 assists, four digs and two blocks. Jordan Ray added three aces and four blocks, and Kayla Wallace had nine digs and two aces

Against Jacksonville, Phillis turned in 22 kills, 15 digs and six blocks, and Segrest added 25 assists, two aces and 17 digs. Camille Fink had five kills, and Wallace added 10.

Donoho (10-2) will play host to Faith Christian in area play Thursday.

Pleasant Valley at home — The Raiders split a tri-match, downing Saks 25-21, 25-22 and falling to Jacksonville 25-9, 25-22.

Junior Taylor Cochran powered the Raiders’ offense with 11 kills. Kaylee Benefield had eight kills and five blocks. Jordan Moorer contributed seven kills and 11 digs. Eighth-grader Holly Stewart had five kills, and freshman Cammie Cochran had four kills. Bailey Turner recorded 22 assists.

Pleasant Valley (4-8) plays at Piedmont on Thursday and in the Donoho Classic on Saturday.

Ohatchee at Ragland ­— The Indians beat Ragland and Jacksonville Christian in a tri-match.

During the Ragland match, Ohatchee had 21 kills and 23 digs as a team. Mattie Coger and Taylor Hill added 19 assists.

Against JCA, Taylor Hamm led the team with 10 aces, and Ohatchee had 15 kills and 13 digs. Hannah Howell added 12 assists.

The Indians will play host to Victory Christian on Thursday.

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