Spanish Fort, Bayside Academy will meet with state volleyball title on the line

Admirals’ 20-championship streak on the line, Toros looking for first Blue Map since 2019

By Cole McNanna
Sports Editor
cole@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 10/26/22

As it turns out, four meetings between Spanish Fort and Bayside Academy on the volleyball court has not yet been enough.

Friday, Oct. 27, at noon the Toros and Admirals will meet one last time, …

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Spanish Fort, Bayside Academy will meet with state volleyball title on the line

Admirals’ 20-championship streak on the line, Toros looking for first Blue Map since 2019

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As it turns out, four meetings between Spanish Fort and Bayside Academy on the volleyball court have not yet been enough.

Friday, Oct. 27, at noon the Toros and Admirals will meet one last time, with the Class 6A state championship on the line.

The teams split their two regular season matches but Spanish Fort has won both postseason meetings so far 3-1, in the Area 2 Tournament championship and South Super Regional final.

Bayside Academy is only competing on the Class 6A circuit now because they’ve been promoted once again due to the competitive balance factor following 20 consecutive state championships.

The Admirals’ streak started when they were in Class 2A and they went on to become the only school in the Alabama High School Athletic Association to win Blue Map trophies in every classification from 1A to 5A, as well as all the years they played in Class 3A (10), Class 4A (2) and Class 5A (2).

The pair of Class 6A teams is Baldwin County’s final representatives after the other three state semifinal qualifiers fell in their matches Tuesday evening.

In Class 5A, Gulf Shores took down Jasper but fell to eventual champion Westminster Christian in straight sets to find the end of the road. The Dolphins were at the state tournament for the first time in 11 years.

On the Class 4A stage, Orange Beach topped Priceville but lost to Montgomery Catholic who also went on to win the classification's state title. The Makos finished 33-11 overall and qualified for their third state tournament in as many varsity seasons.

The Bayshore Christian Eagles were similarly at their third straight state tournament, this one in Class 2A after winning and finishing as state runner-up the previous two seasons in Class 1A. Bayshore Christian beat Fyffe and was defeated by Pleasant Valley who finished as state runners-up to Donoho.

Also on the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) circuit, the Snook Christian Eagles fell in the first round of the state playoff tournament Tuesday, 3-1, to Coosa Valley who entered as the Region 1 champion.

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