High school volleyball: Hartselle tops Walker in battle of ranked teams
by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker’s Sidney Cooper (14) tries to the block the spike of Hartselle’s Bailey Powell during their match at Songer Gym Tuesday. No. 2 Hartselle defeated No. 7 Walker 26-24, 25-20. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Walker’s Sidney Cooper (14) tries to the block the spike of Hartselle’s Bailey Powell during their match at Songer Gym Tuesday. No. 2 Hartselle defeated No. 7 Walker 26-24, 25-20. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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Walker gave defending state champion Hartselle a scare in the first game before falling short down the stretch in a battle of ranked teams Tuesday night at Songer Gym.

Second-ranked Hartselle went on to sweep No. 7 Walker, 26-24, 25-20.

In the opening game, Hartselle held a 24-20 lead only to have the Vikings draw even at 24 before Hartselle closed out the match by winning the final two points.

The Tigers were able to pull away down the stretch in the second game to finish off Walker (36-15).

For the Vikings, Sidney Cooper had 10 kills and three digs, Miranda Bruce had nine kills and seven digs, JoLee Dobbs had 19 assists and two kills and Mary Kate Harrell had four kills and three blocks.

Walker opened the day with a 25-20, 26-24 win over Northridge.

Bruce had 13 kills and three digs, Cooper had 10 kills and five digs, Dobbs added 19 assists, three kills and two aces while both Harrell and Carleigh Taylor had four digs.

Walker also won the silver bracket at the Danville Tournament over the weekend, beating Muscle Shoals in the final. The Vikings went 5-2 in the event.

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Carbon Hill tops Dora for area title

Carbon Hill earned the right to host the area tournament following a road sweep of the Dora Bulldogs on Tuesday night.

Despite losing its opener to Leeds in the tri-match, Carbon Hill bounced back in a big way against Dora, claiming a 25-12, 25-22, 25-20 victory to earn a split in the season series and take home the area championship.

Carbon Hill (29-22, 5-1) earned the area crown due to sweeps of both Oak Grove and Corner. Dora dropped one set to Corner on the season, giving Carbon Hill the tie-breaker and home court advantage in the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament set for Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Against Dora, Carbon Hill had three players with eight or more kills led by Molli Clark with 10 kills and three digs. Savanna Lawson had nine kills and two digs, Tessa Ivey had eight kills and five aces, Kenna Alexander had four aces and Jessica Hurst had 20 assists and three aces.

For Dora (18-13, 5-1), Alexia Smith had nine kills and a block, Madisen Bencko had six kills, 12 digs and two aces, Hannah Wilson had 14 assists, four kills and an ace and both Lydia Sanders and Lindsey Johnson had 14 digs.

Carbon Hill dropped its match to Leeds, 25-18, 25-17.

Clark had four kills, three digs and three aces while Ivey added three kills and Hurst had eight assists and two aces.

Dora defeated Leeds 25-14, 22-25, 15-13 in the day’s first match. For the Bulldogs, Keola James had six kills, four aces and a block, Smith had six kills, three aces and three blocks and Wilson had 14 assists.

Carbon Hill plays a tri-match vs. Cullman and Decatur at Cullman High School on Monday. Dora hosts Minor on Senior Night Thursday with the JV match starting at 4 p.m. followed by the varsity match at 5 p.m.