Prep Volleyball: No. 1 Carbon Hill moves to 5-0

No. 1 Jasper beats pair of ranked teams

CARBON HILL — Top-ranked Carbon Hill is off to a 5-0 start this season after sweeping a tri-match against Winston County and Meek in its home opener on Thursday. Carbon Hill defeated Winston County — the No. 3 team in Class 2A —V 25-19, 25-15 before taking down Meek — the No. 4 team in Class 1A — 25-12, 25-11. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, opened the season with three wins at Jacksonville High School on Saturday. Alyssa Dutton led a balanced attack on Thursday, recording 21 kills, six aces, four blocks and eight digs. Lacey Evans added 14 kills, 18 digs, 13 assists and three aces, Grayson Evans had 15 kills, six digs and two blocks, Abby Martin had 10 kills, 11 digs, three aces and a block while Sidney Keeton had 41 assists, six digs and two aces. At Jacksonville, Carbon Hill defeated Ashville (25-11, 25-9, 25-9), Southside-Gadsden (25-18, 19-25, 25-15, 25-21) and Jacksonville (25-9, 25-12, 25-15). On the day, Dutton had 59 kills, 10 blocks, 10 aces and 17 digs, Lacey Evans had nine kills, 19 digs, 95 assists and 10 aces, Grayson Evans had 32 kills 18 digs, six blocks and an ace while Hannah Dutton had 16 digs, 10 kills and 11 aces. Carbon Hill is hosting the 2018 Bulldog Invitational on Saturday. The 13-team field includes Carbon Hill, Cordova, Curry, Dora, Oakman, Sumiton Christian, Meek, Cold Springs, Hamilton, Haleyville, Marion County, Phillips and Wilson. Matches start at 8:30 a.m. Carbon Hill plays pool matches at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. ——— No. 1 Jasper sweeps tri-match

Jasper moved to 4-0 with a pair of home wins at Carl Cannon Coliseum on Thursday. The Vikings defeated No. 6 Arab 25-13, 25-12 and beat No. 7 Ramsay 25-13, 25-18. Alex Oliver led the team, registering 13 kills in both matches. McKinley Ferguson had nine kills and five aces, Tameyah Griffin had nine kills, Morgan McClendon had six kills, Temperance Chatman had seven digs and four aces and Molly Kate Atkins had 36 assists and four aces. Jasper's JV team also won a pair of matches Thursday, improving to 4-0. "I really liked the intensity my team played with tonight," said Jasper coach Bobby Daniels, who added that assistant coach Dakoda Mauldin and her husband Marcus Mauldin were in attendance for Thursday's match. Marcus suffered a gun shot wound to the head while driving on Interstate 59 in Jefferson County on Aug. 18 as he and his wife returned from a volleyball tournament. He was released from the hospital last weekend. "The girls were excited they were there," Daniels said. "As soon as coach walked in they all ran up and hugged her." Jasper will play in a tournament at Hoover's Finley Center starting Friday. The Vikings take on Helena at 5 p.m. and Carver at 7 p.m. Jasper opens Saturday with a match against Bob Jones at 9 a.m. ——— Dora tops Sumiton Christian Dora won its home opener on Thursday, taking down Sumiton Christian 25-18, 25-17, 28-26. The Bulldogs were led by led by Zharia Hubbard with 10 kills, five digs and five blocks, Courtney Stone with 28 assists, three digs, two aces and one kill, Michaela Brown with seven digs, four kills and one block, Kayleigh Patterson with 14 digs and three kills, Ja’Mya Harris added five kills, Jasmine Parker had six digs and Trenyce Grant had four aces. Earlier this week, the Dora JV team defeated Carbon Hill 8-25, 27-25, 15-11 on the road. Dora was led by led by Kierra Waites with five aces, three digs, 13 assists and two kills, Lizzie Lollar with nine digs and one kill, Ja’Kiyah Womack with eight kills, two blocks and an ace and Josie McCollum with six digs.