Underdog Curry wins ninth straight Walker County volleyball title
by Johnathan Bentley
Sep 14, 2013 | 2332 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova's Katilyn Barnes (13) tries to hit the ball through Curry defenders Gabby Englebert (13) and Katie Downs (20) during the Walker County Volleyball Tournament on Saturday at Oakman. Curry went a perfect 4-0 in the event to earn its ninth straight county volleyball championship. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Cordova's Katilyn Barnes (13) tries to hit the ball through Curry defenders Gabby Englebert (13) and Katie Downs (20) during the Walker County Volleyball Tournament on Saturday at Oakman. Curry went a perfect 4-0 in the event to earn its ninth straight county volleyball championship. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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OAKMAN — Curry entered the Walker County Volleyball Tournament as an underdog.

However, the Yellow Jackets had one big advantage going into Saturday's double-elimination tournament — the name "Curry" on the front of their jerseys.

The Yellow Jackets came from the No. 4 seed and went a perfect 4-0 to earn a ninth straight Walker County Volleyball Tournament title at Oakman High School.

Curry edged Cordova 25-21, 19-25, 15-13 in the championship match.

Despite losing most of its top players from last year's county championship team, Curry was able to put together some of its best volleyball of the season on Saturday.

"The girls played hard," Curry coach Annah Cagle said. "We are a young team so we knew that we would have to work hard to win it."

Cordova was the tournament's top seed followed by Dora and Carbon Hill, but in the end, it was Curry coming out on top — again.

"We knew it was going to be a very competitive tournament. We had played Dora and Carbon Hill in the preseason and Cordova in the regular season. We knew we all had a chance. We had to work hard to win it and that's what we did."

In the final match, Josie Walker and Hannah Simmons led Curry at the net. Walker finished with 10 kills, 10 digs and three aces while Simmons had eight kills. Holli McGinnis had 15 digs, three kills and three aces, Gabby Englebert had 11 digs, two blocks, one kill and one ace, Madison Holmes had seven digs, Kayla Tucker added five digs and McKayla Davidson had four digs, two blocks and an ace.

The Jackets (9-10) opened the day with a win over Oakman (25-19, 25-11) and also defeated Cordova (25-22, 25-17) and Dora (25-20, 25-18)  before advancing to the championship match.

For the tournament, McGinnis had 64 digs and seven kills, Walker had 35 digs, 30 kills and 13 aces while Holmes had 23 digs and Simmons had 19 kills.

Dora finished third in the tournament while Carbon Hill placed fourth.