Improved Devils fall at BHS

Published 8:50 pm Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Reach for it: Billingsley’s Dominique Watkins tips the ball over the net during Tuesday’s match, while Maplesville’s Natalie Arnold (4) gets ready to defend. The host Bears won in straight sets.

Maplesville’s volleyball team fell at Billingsley on Tuesday, but the second-year program is showing signs of growth.

The host Bears won, 3-0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-14), behind the strong serving of Amber Huett (9 aces), Lori Davis (7) and Shannon Massey (7).

Davis also had three kills, and Hillary Horton had two kills for Billingsley (4-2).

Megan Langley led the BHS defense, recording two digs.

Maplesville’s Kailee Burnett returns a Billingsley serve.

Natalie Arnold posted three kills for Maplesville, and Victoria Lawson had two aces.

Marketta Clark had two blocks for the Red Devils (0-3), and Brooke Bell had one block.

Earlier in the evening, the MHS junior varsity team won, 2-0 (25-13, 29-27), the JV team’s first-ever victory.

Billingsley took a 24-20 lead in the second set, but Kendrauna Griffin served the Devils to a 25-24 lead.

MHS coach Kathy Plumb said the school’s volleyball program has grown from 12 players on one team last season to 22 players on two teams this year.

The growth has allowed three players—Katelyn Giles, Alice Phillps and Shelby Weldon—that played on the varsity squad as seventh graders last year to move down to the JV team and compete against girls their age.

“We’ve got so much more experience than last year,” Plumb said.