Bayside sweeps Warriors for area title

Tony Whitehead twhitehead@gulfcoastnewspapers.com
Posted 10/22/13

DAPHNE, Ala.— Now it counts. The playoff season for high school volleyball is under way and the No. 1-ranked Class 3A defending state champion Admirals of Bayside Academy swept to the 3A Area 1 title Monday with a 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 win over No. …

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Bayside sweeps Warriors for area title

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DAPHNE, Ala.— Now it counts. The playoff season for high school volleyball is under way and the No. 1-ranked Class 3A defending state champion Admirals of Bayside Academy swept to the 3A Area 1 title Monday with a 25-19, 25-17, 25-18 win over No. 5 ranked Cottage Hill Christian in the tournament finals.

“We're playing well,” Admirals coach Ann Schilling said. “This was the third or fourth time that we played Cottage Hill this year so you lose your edge a little. We were starting another new lineup tonight due to injuries and I thought we looked a little sluggish. We looked a little fatigued, a little flat. But Cottage Hill has a good team and it took us a while to kind of get on the same page.”

The Warriors, who finished as the state 3A runner-up to B.A. last year came out aggressively in game one and pulled away twice before the Admirals went ahead for the win.

Warrior coach Jennifer Newton said her team— which lost some key starters to graduation— was good at game-one starts, but tends to lose consistency.

“My kids played hard,” she said. “I saw some good things tonight. But we need to be more consistent. The front row did well, but defense and ball control are where we need to play better.”

Senior Bayside setter Sydney Chandler broke the national high school record for assists earlier in the semifnals with W. S. Neal. Chandler’s new total of 7,058 assists puts her 56 ahead of the previous mark. She finished the tournament with 68 assists, nine aces, two kills, two blocks and nine digs. Morgan Dulaney added 27 kills, five aces, eight digs and three blocks; Lauren Chastang had 17 kills, three aces and 19 digs; Ariel Dulaney had 16 kills, three aces, 14 digs; Harper Morrison had nine kills; Madison Matthews had four kills, four aces, 12 digs and Madison Taylor had two kills, three aces and five digs.

The Warriors were led by Hannah Wentland with 36 kills, 18 digs; Victoria Woodruff with 63 assists, Linda Parrott with 23 digs and Chloe Wentland with 12 digs. CHCS swept T.R. Miller 25-12, 25-7, 25-13 in the semifinals.

Area finalists advance to the Super Regionals in Montgomery’s Crampton Bowl complex Friday. The Warriors are set to open at 9:30 a.m. against the Area 4 winner. Bayside will begin round-one play against the Area 4 runner-up at 11:30 a.m. Friday winners will advance to the Elite-Eight seeding rounds Saturday.

With three players on the mend in Taylor, Julia Martin and senior six-position North-South All-Star Jhalen Caffey, Schilling said having an injury-free roster would help.

“It would be nice if we could get everyone healthy soon and back playing their regular spots. But I’m proud of how everybody has adjusted and stepped up when they had to. It takes a whole team effort for sure.”