Prep Volleyball: Curry claims county crown

Jackets beat Carbon Hill in championship match

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 9/15/19

CARBON HILL — Curry’s county drought is over.

The Yellow Jackets won the Walker County Volleyball Tournament for the first time in six years at Carbon Hill High School on Saturday, beating the host team 25-20, 25-20 for the title.

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Prep Volleyball: Curry claims county crown

Jackets beat Carbon Hill in championship match

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CARBON HILL — Curry’s county drought is over.

The Yellow Jackets won the Walker County Volleyball Tournament for the first time in six years at Carbon Hill High School on Saturday, beating the host team 25-20, 25-20 for the title.

Curry (27-5), which dropped a pool play match against Dora on Thursday, went 3-0 on Saturday, beating Cordova and Dora to earn a spot in the championship match.

Grayson Evans was named the tournament MVP. She finished with 71 kills, 35 digs, six assists, three aces and three blocks in the tournament. Both Khloe Kimbrell and Allie Downs also made the All-Tournament Team from Curry.

“It was a good win for the girls,” said Curry coach Saige Beaty, who led Carbon Hill to four straight championships before taking the helm at Curry this season.

“They have been working hard since June and improving every week. To win the county is always one of our goals, but we know that we need to keep improving each week to reach some more goals later in the season,” Beaty added. “This is a great group of young ladies that are consistently trying to do the right things at practice to prepare for games. The teamwork and unselfishness of these 12 girls have been one of the reasons for the team’s success.”

In the championship match, both sets followed similar paths with Carbon Hill taking an early lead, Curry putting together a rally midway through the set and pulling away down the stretch.

Carbon Hill led 4-0 in both sets.

In the opening set, Curry took the lead for good at 11-10. Carbon Hill didn’t go down easily. The Bulldogs stayed within four points until the end.

Carbon Hill jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the second set. Curry again grabbed the lead, going ahead for good at 14-13, during the middle of seven straight service points won by Evans.

Kimbrell finished the tournament with 71 assists, 24 digs, 12 kills and nine aces, Downs had 56 assists, 26 digs, 20 kills, six blocks and six aces, Rae Ann Hall had 31 kills, 21 digs, four assists and two aces, Abbey Moon had 13 kills, seven digs, six blocks and three aces, Linley Tubbs had eight kills, nine digs and 12 blocks, Alayna Key had 52 digs and one ace and Emmalee Berry had eight kills, five digs and a block.

On Thursday, Curry defeated Carbon Hill (25-17, 21-25, 16-14), lost to Dora (14-25, 25-21, 17-15) and beat Oakman (25-16, 25-17).

On Saturday, the Jackets defeated Cordova (25-12, 25-12), Dora (25-15, 25-9) and Carbon Hill.

Members of the Walker County Tournament Team were Carbon Hill’s Hannah Dutton and Sam Norris, Cordova’s McKinsey Boteler and Chelsea Smith, Dora’s Zharia Hubbard and Oakman’s Alaisha Hubbard.