2 local schools to host sub-state

Published 12:51 pm Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ready for it: From left in white, Jemison’s Haley Smitherman, Kortney Robinson and Emily Smithey prepare for a Tarrant hit over the net during Saturday’s regional volleyball tournament.

Local volleyball teams Jemison and Isabella both finished high enough in regional playoff tournaments on Saturday to earn the right to host an opponent on Thursday in the sub-state round with a chance to earn a berth in the Elite 8 state tournament.

Jemison (31-11) won the Class 4A Regional B, and coach Leighsa Robinson said Saturday was as well as her team had performed in a tournament all season.

“It was a total team effort this weekend,” Robinson said.

JHS defeated Tarrant, 3-0 (25-6, 25-10, 25-10); Elmore County, 3-1 (25-14, 25-17, 17-25, 25-15) and area foe Calera, 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 27-25), in the championship match.

Setter Kasi Wells was voted the regional tournament Most Valuable Player. She recorded 43 assists, nine kills, six digs, five aces and three blocks in the three matches combined.

Tanya Liveoak and Haley Smitherman tied for the team lead in aces with 11 each. Emily Smithey recorded a team-high 45 digs, and Kortney Robinson posted 29 kills. Shelby Griffin had 16 blocks.

Thursday’s match against Andalusia will begin at 4 p.m.

Isabella, meanwhile, advanced to the championship match of Class 2A Regional B but fell to Zion Chapel, 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 27-25, 25-16).

The Mustangs (34-10) had already defeated Red Level, 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-11), and Leroy, 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-12).

Coach Glen Graham said his team fell short of the region championship because of mistakes; IHS had 15 unforced errors against Leroy but committed 55 in the loss to Zion Chapel.

Amber Wyatt recorded 56 kills, 11 blocks and eight aces in the tournament, and Savannah Kissel had 23 kills, 10 blocks and four aces.

Khadijah Craig posted 14 kills, and Kaylynn Culp added 12 aces and six kills.

Jessica Maciel had 63 assists and nine aces, and Allison Mims led the team in digs.

Isabella will host Flomaton beginning at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Graham said Flomaton’s size will present a challenge for his team.

“We’re going to have to come ready to play,” Graham said. “Our job is to play the way we’re capable of playing.”