VOL­LEY­BALL

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS -

The Lady Ea­gles trailed 11-9, but went on a 7-1 spurt to take the lead for good. The turn­ing point came on a dis­puted call out of bounds in which Gor­don Lee un­suc­cess­fully ar­gued that the ball had been tipped by a Coosa player. How­ever, the match ref­er­ees saw it dif­fer­ently and the re­sult­ing point would tie the match at 12. A pair of blocks would then put Coosa out in front, this time to stay.

Gor­don Lee would briefly chop the Lady Ea­gles’ lead down to 16-14, but with Elina Ben­ton at the serv­ing line, Coosa would go on a fi­nal, de­ci­sive 7-0 run, in­clud­ing a pair of aces, to erase any hopes of a Gor­don Lee come­back.

Brook­lyn Hud­son fin­ished with eight kills for Gor­don Lee, fol­lowed by five from De­laney Bridges. M.K. Roberts col­lected eight digs and seven as­sists.

Madi­son May­berry had 13 digs, while Sally Thomi­son fin­ished with 10.

“De­laney is a huge part of our team,” Crow­ley said of his squad’s lone se­nior. “It’s go­ing to be aw­ful los­ing her, but we will try and re­tool with what we have com­ing back next year and hope­fully we’ll be a force to be reck­oned with. All of these girls are awe­some. We had never got­ten to the Fi­nal Four be­fore, but they worked so hard to get here and now they know what it takes. We’re al­ready ready to get back at it.”

Coosa went on to de­feat Elite Schol­ars Academy (2125, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19) to win an­other state ti­tle on Satur­day, while Gor­don Lee saw its sea­son end with a 34-7 over­all record.

Crow­ley also an­nounced that Bridges and ju­nior Mari­beth Blay­lock had earned All-state sta­tus for the 2018 sea­son. They are the first two Gor­don Lee vol­ley­ball play­ers to be named All-state since Ju­lianna Spradlin in 2015.

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