MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The South All-Stars earned the key points when needed and downed the North All-Stars 3-0 to claim the 2021 North-South All-Star Volleyball match to close out the …
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The South All-Stars earned the key points when needed and downed the North All-Stars 3-0 to claim the 2021 North-South All-Star Volleyball match to close out the All-Star Sports Week competition.
The South won 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 – leading early in each set and then coming from behind late to win for the ninth time in the AHSADCA all-star series. The North still holds the edge 14-9.
Both teams battled nip-and-tuck early on before Thompson’s Madison Touhey stepped behind to the server’s line and served five straight points – three on aces – to give the South a 22-21 lead. The North tied the set at 22-22 before the South rallied to close out with three straight points to take a 1-0 lead 25-22. The final point was delivered by St. Paul’s Episcopal’s Rachel Bell with an excellent placement at the net.
Oak Mountain’s Kathryn Smith had three straight serves that helped the South battle from a 21-19 deficit to a 22-21 lead and Thompson’s Touhey closed out the second set with a kill and 25-22 win to push the South lead to 2-0.
South MVP Ella Broadhead of Bayside Academy was dominant throughout the match finishing with 14 kills. Lillie Casey of Auburn 10 kills and setter Kathryn Smith of Oak Mountain had 15 assists and Thompson’s Madison Touhey had 14. Each player also had three service aces. Alexia Cole of McGill-Toolen Catholic had five digs and Jayni Thompson of Oak Mountain had four.
North MVP Rya McKinnon of Hoover had seven kills and six digs, Audrey Rothman of Spain Park had eight kills, eight digs and three service aces. Greer Golden of Mountain Brook added seven kills and three service aces. Lawrence County setter Anna Hutto had a match-high 17 assists. The North had nine service aces overall, and the South had six.
Coaches for the South were Meredith Donald of St. Luke’s Episcopal and Kim Moncrief of Elmore County. North coaches were Ryan Roberson of Brooks and Andrew Murphy of Central-Florence.
AVBCA HOF CLASS RECOGNIZED: During a brief intermission in the North-South Volleyball All-Star match Thursday, seven individuals were recognized by the Alabama Volleyball Coaches Association as members of its second AVBCA Hall of Fame Class.