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Bayside Academy earned their 13th straight state championship on Thursday at the Birmingham Crossplex, winning the way coach Ann Schilling preaches.

Defense, dedication and desire are attributes Schilling learned under legendary former McGill-Toolen coach Becky Dickinson, but Schilling created her own brand at the Daphne private school where she took over in 1987, coaching her 20th title in 27 years.

This one wasn’t easy.

Thursday’s Class 3A opponent Madison Academy, a team full of talent, heart and loads of intensity from eight seniors, wanted to rewrite the well-worn script, but the Bayside juggernaut prevailed over the Mustangs 15-25, 25-14, 25-23, 21-25, 17-15.


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Taylor Gill had 22 kills to lead Madison Academy to a 3-2 victory over Montgomery Academy in the Class 3A semifinal. The Mustangs won 25-23, 25-20, 16-25, 22-25, 15-10 to move into the championship round against Bayside Academy.

Haley Palmer had 25 digs and Addison Rucker 24 assists for the Mustangs (50-11). The Eagles got 26 kills from Jillian Tingle, 15 kills from Kayla White and 18 assists apiece from Christiana Kirkham and Mary Ren Stevenson.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Sara Carr had 19 kills and 13 digs, while Sara Chandler Mitchell had 47 assists and 15 digs as Mountain Brook beat Bob Jones in a Class 7A semifinal at the AHSAA Elite 8 at Birmingham CrossPlex.

The Spartans (48-18) will face the winner of the Hoover/McGill-Toolen match for the Class 7A title, Thursday at noon.

Julia Smith had 22 digs for Mountain Brook, while Abby Garrett had 10 kills and seven blocks.

br> Haley Hop had 19 kills for Bob Jones (40-9), while Jeneva Salter had 18. Erin Shockey had 36 assists and nine digs for the Patriots and Melaina Hissam had 33 digs.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Taylor Gill had 14 kills as Madison Academy swept Prattville Christian, 25-9, 25-13, 25-11, in a Class 3A quarterfinal match.

Lauren Milar had 15 assists for the Mustangs (48-8), while Haley Palmer had 12 digs. Macy Moore had three blocks and Addison Rucker added four aces.

For the Panthers (19-20), Bailey Mount had seven kills and Elisabeth Kelley had four. Madeline Bobo had two kills and six digs, while Emily Stephenson had 14 blocks. Madison Academy advances to play Montgomery Academy in the semifinals on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Top-ranked Bob Jones (40-8) got 11 kills from Haley Hop, 10 kills from Janeva Salter and nine kills from Alex King in a 3-0 sweep of Baker in the Class 7A quarterfinals at Birmingham Crossplex.

Hop added 10 digs, while Erin Shockey had 32 assists, four kills and three aces.

Bob Jones plays again later today in the semifinals.

For Baker (34-20), Danielle Melton had eight kills.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Abby Hutchens led the way for McGill-Toolen with 14 kills, as they defeated Grissom 25-17, 25-23, 25-14 in the Class 7A quarterfinals.

For the Yellow jackets (43-8), Grace Schmerbauch had 23 digs and three aces. Kirsten Carter added 11 kills and 1.5 blocks, Lindsey Farnell had three digs and 17 assists. While Liz Murphy had six digs, 14 assists and two aces.

Aubrie Huddleston paced Grissom (30-19) with 13 kills. Madison McGriff had eight digs and Frances Harmon had 20 assist.

McGill-Toolen advances to face Hoover in the semifinals

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Maddie Kofskey had 12 kills, while Abby Knowling had 17 digs as Randolph beat Faith Academy, 21-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-19, in a Class 5A quarterfinal match at the AHSAA Elite 8 volleyball championships at Birmingham CrossPlex.

The Raiders (38-10) advance to the semifinal round, where they will face Guntersville at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Libby Gold contributed eight kills, six digs and five aces for Randolph, while June Harriman had seven digs, 43 assists and two aces. Jordan Loftin added 10 digs and three aces for the Raiders.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Perry Myers and Leigh Minus had seven kills each as St. Paul's swept its way into the Class 5A semifinal round with a 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 win over Madison County Wednesday morning at the AHSAA Elite 8 volleyball championships at Birmingham CrossPlex.

Ali Sutherland had 28 assists for the Saints (35-13), along with four kills, two blocks and six digs. Morgan Eiland had five kills, five blocks and three digs.

St. Paul's will take on Lawrence County in the semifinals


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