In the first match, Munford defeated Clay-Central in two straight sets by scores of 25-15 and 25-17.
In the first game of the first match, Munford was led by Kierra Groce, who finished the game with four ace serves, three kills and scored the final ace for match point.
In the second game, Munford dominated, jumping out to a 9-1 lead behind seven straight ace serves by Blakley Harrell. Harrell finished with a game-high 10 total aces.
In the second match, Sylacauga, facing Clay-Central, needed one game before they were able to play at a winning caliber. The Lady Aggies loss the first game 25-18.
Sylacauga rebounded to easily capture the second game 25-3. Joy Calhoun had 10 straight ace serves to give the Lions an early 13-1 lead. Lindsey Parnell finished off the Lady Vols with 11 straight ace serves.
In the third and deciding game, Sylacauga again dominated with a 15-6 win. Brenlee Richardson led the team with six ace serves that gave the team a 6-0 start. Kaykay Owens got a kill to fuel the team to the game-winning point.
In the finale between Munford and Sylacauga, Munford defeated Sylacauga in two straight set by identical close scores of 25-22.
“I think we’re in a pretty good spot going into the County Tournament right now,” Munford head coach Ashley Newberry said following the win against Sylacauga. “Sylacauga is always a challenge for us. They really worked hard to get that win, so I’m proud of them for that.”
In the first game, the Lions were led by Blakley Harrell, who had four ace serves. Teasia Cunningham led the team in kills with four. Munford began the game with a 6-1 lead. Sylacauga fought back to tie the game at 9-9 and the game was close the rest of the way. Sylacauga took the lead and held it at 18-15 behind three straight ace serves by Scotland Martin. But Munford battled back to re-take the lead at 20-19. After trailing 22-21, Munford tied the game. From there, Toneya Curry served up three aces to lead the team to victory.
In the second and deciding game, Munford was led by Cunningham, who had four ace serves as the game was nearing the end. The teams swapped point for virtually the entire game. Tied at 19-19, Cunningham served up four straight aces to give the Lions a 24-19 lead. Sylacauga fought hard to stay in the game, reeling off three straight points behind two kills by Owens and two aces by Carlie Drummonds. Munford was able to get the game point when the Sylacauga serve didn’t make it over the net.
Sylacauga head coach Sean Stevens was disappoint in the loss.
“We just didn’t communicate very well tonight,” he said. “Obviously, we have some things we have to work on before the County Tournament.”
Meanwhile, Newberry felt her team took a big step forward in their overall communication.
“I think that we really showed improvement tonight in our communication skills,” she said. “That’s something that we’ve been trying to improve on all season, so I’m really proud of them for that. They’ve really improved upon those communication skills and that’s something that volleyball teams need.”
Sylacauga plays at Chilton County Thursday.
Munford plays host to ASD Thursday.
Both games are schedule to begin at 4:30 p.m.