DAPHNE, Ala. – Bayside Academy (34-8) went 4-1 in the strong field at the Over the Mountain volleyball tournament at Hoover. More significantly, the Daphne-based Admirals’ team posted the 1,500th coaching victory of Coach Ann Schilling’s legendary career and landed in the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2019 season.
Schilling, a Mobile native and McGill-Toolen Catholic High alumna, was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. The veteran player of former all-time win leader Becky Dickenson - the Dirty Dozen’s founding head coach - finished the weekend with a 1,502-407 career record.
The defending Class 4A state champion Admirals posted wins over Etowah (GA), Class 5A Jasper and Class 7A powers Vestavia Hills and Thompson before falling 2-1 to Class 7A Hoover in the semifinals.
The state’s volleyball coaching career wins leader is now in a most elite group of one as the only high school volleyball coach in the AHSAA to reach the 1,500-match victory milestone. Earlier this season, Montgomery Academy Coach Julie Gordon coached her 1,400th career match win at Montgomery Academy, joining Schilling and retired coaches Glenda Wright and Tammy Richardson reaching that exclusive milestone.
Bayside has won 17 straight AHSAA state volleyball titles dating back to 2002 and have won 24 state championships over a 27-year period since 1992. Schilling’s program has won titles in Class 1A, 2A, 3A, and last year, in Class 4A. Victory No. 1,500 came against the defending Class 5A state champion Jasper Vikings last weekend.
Jacque Martin and Emily Buhl led Bayside at the Over-the-Mountain tourney. Martin had 36 kills, four aces, four blocks and 27 digs and Buhl recorded six aces, 26 kills and 27 digs.
Hoover (22-10) went 5-1 in the tourney to win the championship. The Bucs avenged a pool-play loss to 7A rival Mountain Brook with a victory in the championship match.
The Class 7A third-ranked Bucs beat the Spartans 2-1 in the title match after falling to the Spartans 2-0 earlier in pool play at the tournament.
Rya McKinnon led Hoover with 113 kills for the week, including 24 in the tourney win over Spain Park. She went over the 1,000-kill mark for her career in the tourney win over Baker.
Other top performances reported include:
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Led the Toros (38-5) to nine match wins with 163 assists, 40 digs, 27 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces as Spanish Fort won the Harvest Fest Invitational at Boaz. The Toros beat Hartselle in the finals. Teammate Avery Rodgers contributed 88 kills and 21 aces.
IMANI NICHOLSON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Helped the defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (22-7) finish third in the Southern Invitational at Atlanta with 59 kills and 28 digs in seven matches.
ALLY McCOLLUM, PHILLIPS: Had 61 kills and seven blocks to spark the Bears (19-14) to the championship of the Marion County Tournament. Phillips beat Hackleburg twice and Meek in regular season play and then beat Marion County twice, Hackleburg, Hamilton and Winfield twice for the title after losing to the Pirates earlier in the tournament.
GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Led the Trojans (44-5) to the 10 match wins, including the championship of the Kentucky Challenge Invitational tourney at Lexington (KY). She had 81 kills, 42 digs, 14 blocks and five aces in the tourney with a career-high 17 digs in a win over Tate Creek (KY).
MARY GRAY TURNER, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had 36 kills and 13 digs and teammate Millie Stevenson dished out 115 assists and the Eagles (28-5) went 6-0 to win the Danville Tournament of Champions.
ANSLEY DEAN, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 50 kills in two match wins over Prattville Christian and LAMP for the Lady Knights.
BAILEY DREW McINTYRE, CHELSEA: Had 158 assists, 49 digs and 21 aces as the Hornets (34-2) went 8-0 for the week and 5-0 to win its own September Slamfest tourney. Chelsea beat Brewbaker Tech in the finals.
ANNA CLARE HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Had 194 assists, 49 digs, 27 kills and 12 aces as the Lady Devils (30-11) were 8-3 for the week. Two losses were to defending 5A and 6A state champs Jasper and Spanish Fort.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Posted 57 kills, 63 digs and four aces as the Spartans won six of seven matches last week. Teammate Vandevelde had 133 assists.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 29 kills and 34 digs in three matches for the Senators (24-9).
MAKENNA LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 213 assists as the Rebels (24-3) posted six wins in seven matches.
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD, WINSTON COUNTY: had 132 KILLS, 19 service aces and 54 digs as the Yellow Jackets went 7-2 for the week.
AMBER ASKEW, GRISSOM: Dished out 72 assists and recorded five blocks and four aces in two match wins for the Tigers (22-12) over Danville and Guntersville.
AINSLEY SCHULTZ, VESTAVIA HILLS: Served a near-perfect 93 percent with 17 aces and just six errors in 88 attempts in seven matches for the Rebels. She also had 127 assists, 70 digs and six blocks.
HAVEN HALL, GERALDINE: Had 50 blocks and 55 kills as Geraldine (22-7) posted five wins in seven matches.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Had 82 kills as the Aggies went 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Harvest Fest Tourney.
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Totaled 100 assists as the Bucks (29-11) went 4-1 in five matches.
ALLI WILLIAMS, ATHENS: Totaled 96 kills and seven blocks in nine matches for the Golden Eagles (19-13).
McKINLEY FERGUSON, JASPER: Led the Class 5A Vikings (34-8) to seven wins in nine matches with 84 assists, 54 kills and 19 services aces.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 148 assists and 18 digs in eight matches for the Panthers (29-10), which went 6-2 for the week.
LOGAN HORNE, BREWBAKER TECH: Had 62 kills and 67 digs to lead Brew Tech to the finals of the SlamFest Tourney at Chelsea. Brewbaker (17-11) was 5-2 on the week.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 134 kills and 84 digs in 10 matches for the Eagles (30-6). She also served 10 aces and had 12 assists.
MADALYN HOLLADAY, DANVILLE: Posted 93 kills, 50 digs, 10 blocks and 10 aces as the Hawks (30-19) reached the finals of the Tournament of Champions hosted by Danville.
LAURA LEE KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORNCE: Had 155 digs and Ann Margaret Keener had 257 assists as Central went 7-4 for the week.
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