Hustle and heart

Lady Bulldogs earn a spot in the Sweet 16

-Sherry Abercrombie

-Sherry Abercrombie

After area tournaments wrapped up last Wednesday, six volleyball teams from across the county earned a spot in a sub-regional match. Susan Moore, Hayden, and Southeastern breezed through their brackets winning their respective area championship, as well as securing a home game for the opening round. Appalachian, Cleveland, and Oneonta took second place in their area tournaments, which kept their seasons alive, but would make them the visiting team in sub-regionals.

Appalachian traveled to Cedar Bluff last Thursday to face Class 1A’s ninth-ranked team falling 2-3. On Friday, Cleveland faced 2A’s second-ranked Addison losing in straight sets 0-3. Oneonta faced Class 4A’s fourth-ranked Deshler Saturday afternoon losing 0-3 in straight sets as well.

The Class 2A sixth-ranked Lady Mustangs hosted third-ranked Hatton Friday afternoon with the Lady Hornets winning in straight sets. In Class 5A, the Lady Wildcats welcomed fifth-ranked West Point to Hayden Saturday morning. West Point, though, came out on top with a 3-0 win.

Only one team was left, the Class 3A sixth-ranked Lady Bulldogs. They hosted Piedmont Saturday afternoon and the Susan Moore faithful showed up, just as they have all season, to support their Lady Bulldogs.

Susan Moore found themselves in an 11-1 hole in the first set and managed to tie at 21 before losing 22-25. The Lady Bulldogs didn’t leave any doubt in sets two, three, and four, winning 25-18, 25- 15, and 25-20.

“What a great night,” said head coach Adam Wilson. “I am so proud of this team. They took care of business. And to see these kids all come out and support these girls is something else.Our fans make a huge difference. I could not be more proud to be a small part of SMHS. Thanks to the Susan Moore community for showing these girls so much love and support.”

These girls are now headed to super regionals. They will face Lauderdale County at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Oct. 22, at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. If they win, they play again at 3 p.m. The Class 3A North Regional Championship match is set for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

“A trip to Birmingham and the Elite Eight will be on the line,” Wilson continued. “These girls are just something else. They finished undefeated in area play for the second year in a row, and they keep getting better every day. What a pleasure it is to coach these girls.”

The state tournament is scheduled for Oct. 27-29 at the Birmingham Crossplex and Bill Harris Arena. Quarter-final and semi-final matches for Class 3A are Wednesday, Oct. 28, with the championship match on Thursday, Oct. 29.