Hornets sting Bears for gold trophy; Tigers takedown Trojans in silver-bracket battle

Tony Whitehead twhitehead@gulfcoastnewspapers.com
Posted 9/23/13

SPANISH FORT, Ala.—Baker’s Hornets swarmed the Hill to win the Battle for Spanish Fort tournament Saturday and stung six straight opponents including Robertsdale’s Golden Bears in the championship match 25-18, 25-18. Host Spanish Fort came …

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Hornets sting Bears for gold trophy; Tigers takedown Trojans in silver-bracket battle

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SPANISH FORT, Ala.—Baker’s Hornets swarmed the Hill to win the Battle for Spanish Fort tournament Saturday and stung six straight opponents including Robertsdale’s Golden Bears in the championship match 25-18, 25-18. Host Spanish Fort came close to making the finals but fell to Baker in the semis 27-25, 20-25, 15-9. 

"We had a little let down against Spanish Fort (but) put it all together at the end," said Baker coach Carolyn Houston. "We played like a team. There wasn't one big star out there on the court or one big player. All of them did well. They went 6-0 in the tournament and I’m proud of them for that.”

Maisoon Maarouf led the Hornets with 10 kills; Danielle Melton had six kills, seven digs; Janna Terry added 21 assists with nine digs and tournament MVP Montana Wilkins came up with with 11 digs for BHS in the final.

The Bears were led by Maddy Petite who had seven kills and four blocks in the finals and setter Beth Taylor who had six assists.

RHS coach Metta Roberts was not happy with the lack of consistency her team showed in the title match.

"It's how we have played all year," she said. "We're not consistent. We do not pass well at all and we do not serve-receive well. We don't play defense. If I do not have enough players touching (blocking or impeding) the ball at the net that's usually a kill for the other team."

The Hornets improved to 19-10 and are undefeated in 6A Area 1. The Bears are 2-1 in 6A Area 4 heading into a week full of league contests. Robertsdale visits Baker Tuesday for a rematch in a tri-match with Mobile Christian then travels to Daphne for an Area 4 match starting at 5:30 p.m. BCHS will travel to Fairhope Thursday for another Area 4 match with the Pirates.

In the Silver Division it was an all Baldwin, all 6A Area 4, final as the Tigers of Baldwin County High came back to win an exciting three-set match over Daphne’s Trojans 23-25, 25-9, 16 –14. The Trojans visit Bay Minette Tuesday for an Area showdown at BCHS at 5:30 p.m.