Prep Volleyball: Curry wins regional title

Jackets open play at state tournament on Wednesday


HUNTSVILLE — Curry takes its hot streak into next week’s State Volleyball Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets earned one of the No. 1 seeds in the eight-team field behind a dominant performance Friday at the North Super Regional Tournament in Huntsville.

Rae Ann Hall, Grayson Evans and Allie Downs led the charge as Curry took down a pair of top 5 teams to win the regional title.

Curry faces Northside (7-7) in the opening round of the State Volleyball Tournament at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Birmingham Crossplex.

The Yellow Jackets (54-10) battled their way from a 2-1 deficit to get past No. 5 Madison County in the championship match. Curry dropped the first set and trailed 2-1 before rallying for the 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-16, 15-12 victory.

The final set went down to the wire. With Curry leading 13-11, a kill by Hall gave the Yellow Jackets match point. Madison County hit the ball into the net seconds later to send Curry players onto the court in celebration.

Curry won its first match of the day over Rogers by forfeit. The win put the Yellow Jackets into the semifinals and earned Curry a spot at state.

Curry came out on fire against No. 2 Jacksonville in its semifinal match. The Yellow Jackets took command of the first set early and never let up, sweeping the Golden Eagles 25-18, 27-25, 25-20.

Hall, who had 34 kills in the win over Madison County alone, finished the day with 49 kills, 39 digs, two assists and one ace. Evans had 43 kills, 44 digs, four aces, three assists and two blocks, Downs had 86 assists, 28 digs and an ace, Alayna Key had 45 digs and three aces, Emmalee Berry had five kills, 11 digs and an assist, Linley Tubbs had three kills, five blocks and four digs and Raegan Dunagan had six digs.

Jacksonville won the third-place match over Westminster Christian.

At the South Super Regional Tournament in Montgomery, Dora’s season came to an end with a loss to LAMP in the first round.

LAMP won 25-15, 25-9, 25-7 and finished second in the regional behind No. 1 Montgomery Academy.

The Class 4A portion of the state tournament beings Wednesday with the state quarterfinals and semifinals. The championship match is set for 2 p.m. on Thursday at Bill Harris Arena.