Jemison holds serve in tournament

Published 6:57 pm Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Jemison volleyball team was a rude host Saturday.

The Panthers invited several other squads to Alton Cobb Gymnasium on Saturday, and then beat them all.

Jemison (25-6) went 5-0 on the day behind the play of tournament Most Valuable Player Kasi Wells to win the Jemison Invitational.

The Panthers made it out of pool play by defeating Thorsby (25-14, 25-20), Montevallo (25-12, 15-25, 16-14) and Chilton County High (22-25, 25-10, 15-12), and then defeated Isabella (25-17, 27-25) in a semifinal match.

In the championship match, the hosts beat Calera (25-23, 25-14), who had eliminated Thorsby from the tournament in the other semifinal match, 25-18, 25-23.

Before losing to Jemison, Isabella defeated Central Coosa (25-16, 25-22) and Central-Tuscaloosa (20-25, 25-22, 16-14) and lost to Calera (25-9, 23-25, 6-15).

Thorsby defeated CCHS (25-21, 20-25, 15-12) and Montevallo (25-10, 25-15).

The all-tournament team included Tabatha Cork, Emily Smithey and Dallis Vanderslice from Jemison; Kimi Jones from Isabella and Lauren Stewart from CCHS.

Thorsby’s selection was shared by the entire team.