DORA — Playing as a unit for the first time in two weeks, Dora earned a lopsided defeat of Geneva in their Class 4A sub-region match Saturday afternoon at Dora High School.
The Bulldogs picked up a 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 victory, earning a spot in next week’s South Regional Tournament in Montgomery in the process. Dora plays LAMP at 10 a.m. on Friday. The winner advances to the State Volleyball Tournament.
“It’s huge for us to be here. This is the first time for our seniors, so I’m excited for them. I’m excited for the younger ones too because we haven’t been (to the regional) in a while,” Dora coach Kimber Sanford said, adding that it’s been at least four years since the Bulldogs have advanced to the regional round of the playoffs. “I was proud of them because they ddi what had to be done,”
The bulk of Dora’s varsity team had been quarantined for two weeks heading into the sub-region match. The Bulldogs practiced earlier in the day Saturday for a refresher before facing Geneva.
Dora (22-17) earned a home sub-region game by defeating Indian Springs with just four varsity players and four JV players on Wednesday.
It was obvious Dora was back at full strength on Saturday as the Bulldogs controlled all three sets.
Zharia Hubbard led the Bulldogs against Geneva with 12 kills, six blocks and six digs, Michaela Brown had three kills, eight digs, six assists and one ace, Rebecca Wade had four kills and two digs, Jasmine Parker had 15 digs and two aces while Makaiyah Smith had two kills, three digs and a block,
McKenzie Tolbert had eight assists, six digs, one kill and one ace, Gracie Slate had eight digs, four assists, one kill and one ace, Ja’Kiyah Womach had two kills, Rachelle Davis added seven digs and an ace and Rukia Chapel had seven digs.
Hubbard, Parker, Smith and Brown are seniors on the team.