Jemison wins Calera Invitational

Published 10:40 pm Monday, August 31, 2009

The Jemison volleyball team continued its hot start by winning the Calera Invitational Tournament on Sept. 29.

The Panthers went 5-0 in the tournament to improve their record to 10-4 on the season.

“I have really challenged my team to be just as tough mentally as they are physically,” coach Leighsa Robinson said. “I am very proud of the progress our team has made and the effort that they are giving. We have great senior leadership and this makes a difference when you have to pull out a crucial third-game win.”

Jemison had to pull out a third-game win in the tournament’s championship match. The Panthers dropped Game 1 to Shelby County High, 19-25, but then rebounded to win 25-17 and 15-11.

Statistical category leaders were Dallis Vanderslice with four aces, Kasi Wells with three blocks and five assists, Tabatha Cork with five kills and Emily Smithey with nine digs.

The Panthers recorded 39 aces and missed only 17 serves in 258 attempts in the tournament. The squad also recorded wins over Chilton County High (25-9, 25-23), Montevallo (25-21, 26-24) and Calera (25-11, 25-13) and in a previous match against SCHS (25-14, 26-24).