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AHS, SHS girls win

Andalusia’s Alison Daniels (left) and Shi’Amber Townsend combined for 51 kills for the Lady Bulldogs Thursday night at Straughn. Andalusia beat Headland and Straughn 3-0. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia and Straughn earned area volleyball wins Thursday night at SHS.

The Lady Bulldogs walked away with three-game sweeps over Headland and the Lady Tigers, and the host teams’ only win came against the Lady Rams to finish the night 1-1.

This was Andalusia’s first area tri-match of the season, and Lady Bulldogs’ top hitters Alison Daniels and Shi’Amber Townsend combined for 51 kills.

“My boxes worked,” AHS coach Angie Grimes said. “Our passing was much better.

“Our passing is on target, and it was good to get our area started off right,” she said.

Straughn’s Megan Johns had 14 kills in the Lady Tigers’ win over Headland.

SHS coach Marc Tracy said his team played really well against Headland, but lacked a little against Andalusia.

“I hate to say it, but we didn’t have the intensity that we needed (against Andalusia),” Tracy said. “We played as well as we could’ve against Headland. I was hoping that it would carry over to Andalusia.”

Andalusia improves to 2-0 in area play, while Straughn is at 3-1.

The Lady Bulldogs will play host to Class 6A’s Northview next Tues., Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. Straughn will travel to play Zion Chapel in Jack next Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Andalusia 3, Straughn 0

The Lady Bulldogs allowed a maximum of 15 points to their rival, winning 25-15, 25-13, 25-14.

Andalusia went on an early 3-0 run in the first game, and answered again late with a 5-0 run to lead 20-10.

Throughout Andalusia’s final match of the night, the Lady Bulldogs tipped the ball over the net, where they found holes in Straughn’s defense.

In game two, the Lady Bulldogs didn’t get off to a good start, suffering a serving violation to go down 1-0.

Straughn kept up with Andalusia in the early going in game two, but fell behind 20-6 late, capping a 10-0 run for the Lady Bulldogs.

Andalusia sealed the win over the Lady Tigers with late 5-0 and 3-0 runs.

Straughn’s Crystal Bonds had three blocks, and Courtney Fussell had three aces.

Omarria McGee had 20 service points and six aces for Andalusia. Townsend led with 12 kills, and Daniels added 11.

Straughn 3, Headland 0

The Lady Tigers walked away with a 28-26, 25-17, 25-19 win over the Lady Rams.

Straughn trailed 14-8 on an early first-game start by the Lady Rams, but the Lady Tigers bounced back scoring points off Bonds blocks.

With Fussell at the service line, Straughn tied the game 22-22, and the game remained close until consecutive kills by Johns late netted the Lady Tigers the win.

Straughn had two 4-0 runs in the second game, and held on late for the win.

Andalusia 3, Headland 0

The Lady Bulldogs went on a tear with the Lady Rams, going up on a 12-0 run in the first game with McGee at the service line.

Daniels and Townsend traded kills back and forth in the first game, and it carried throughout the match.

Andalusia went on to win the first game 25-6. The Lady Bulldogs scored early in the second game and won 25-17, and allowed 11 points in the third to win 25-11.

McGee had 20 service points, and three aces, Daniels and Townsend had 14 kills each.