Carbon Hill runs through regional

Bulldogs earn No. 1 seed at state

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 10/28/17

HUNTSVILLE — Carbon Hill went through a gauntlet at the North Super Regional Volleyball Tournament in Huntsville over the weekend — and the Bulldogs came away with another tournament championship.

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Carbon Hill runs through regional

Bulldogs earn No. 1 seed at state

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HUNTSVILLE — Carbon Hill went through a gauntlet at the North Super Regional Volleyball Tournament in Huntsville over the weekend — and the Bulldogs came away with another tournament championship.

Carbon Hill finished off a perfect run through the super regional with a pair of wins on Saturday to earn their second straight regional championship. The win gives the Bulldogs the North’s top seed heading into next week’s State Volleyball Tournament in Birmingham.

No. 2 Carbon Hill (68-9) plays T.R. Miller (24-6) at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Birmingham Crossplex.

In Huntsville, Carbon Hill defeated No. 9 Colbert Heights, No. 8 Plainview, No. 7 Geraldine and No. 3 Lexington.

“We had to beat four ranked opponents,” Carbon Hill coach Saige Beaty said. “When you have to beat that type of quality competition, you know that you will have to overcome adversity. We had different girls stepping up each set, making big plays and picking up their teammates. That’s why we were successful this weekend.”

Carbon Hill took down Geraldine in Saturday’s regional semifinal match, earning a 28-26, 25-17, 28-26 win before battling back to take down Lexington 19-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 15-11 in the final match.

On Saturday, Molly Kate Atkins paced Carbon Hill with 90 assists, 33 digs, six aces, five kills and three blocks, Alyssa Dutton had 32 kills, 17 digs, five blocks and three aces, Heather Carmichael had 25 kills, 13 digs, four blocks and an assist, Ricki Jill Burrough had 25 kills, eight digs, three blocks and two assists, Lacey Evans had 42 digs, four kills, three aces and three assists, Grayson Evans had 13 kills, eight digs and six blocks, Abby Gibson had 20 digs and four aces, Abby Martin had 23 digs and Karlie Ratliff had 12 digs.

Lexington will be a No. 2 seed at the State Volleyball Tournament while Geraldine took third and Pleasant Valley placed fourth.

“It’s important being the top seed, knowing that you get the bottom seed from the south, but at this time of year, it really doesn’t matter about seeding. We know that we have to play well every game if we want to advance,” Beaty said.

At the South Super Regional, 15-time defending state champion Bayside Academy finished second behind Providence Christian.

Six area teams will start play in the state tournament on Wednesday.

In Class 6A, No. 1 Jasper plays No. 6 Helena at 9:30 a.m. In Class 3A, No. 2 Carbon Hill plays T.R. Miller at 8 a.m. In Class 2A, No. 2 Winston County faces No. 9 G.W. Long at 11 a.m. In Class 1A, No. 1 Addison plays Westminster-Oak Mountain at 8 a.m. and No. 2 Meek plays Sumiton Christian at 11 a.m.