EA girls finish 3rd at state volleyball tournament

Published 3:26 pm Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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Escambia Academy’s varsity volleyball team ended its season at the AISA Class 1A Final Four Tuesday, falling to Coosa Valley 3-1 at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex in Montgomery.

The Lady Cougars fell 16-25, 25-20, 21-25, 18-25 to Coosa in the semifinals.

In the quarterfinals, EA beat Crenshaw Christian 3-2 (25-22, 25-21, 26-28, 14-25, 15-13) in earlier action Tuesday.

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Senior Tiffany Gookin and junior Caitlin Lanham had good tournaments. Gookin went 22-for-22 from the service line and had three aces, along with 13 kills.

Lanham went 29-for-31 with seven aces and 14 kills. She was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

Junior Tava Johnson, who played through a back injury, hit 18-of-22 serves with four aces. Ana Chesley Robinson hit 35-of-39 serves and seven aces. Kate Davis added 10 aces and seven kills. Paisley Donaldson had two aces and four kills.

Freshman Madison Freeman and eighth graders Brilee Handley Alexis Strength had good tournaments. Eighth grader Zy McNeal had four assists.

“I was so proud of these young ladies,” EA volleyball coach Larry Bonds said. “They all played with so much heart.

“Finishing third at state was not our goal and hurt a lot,” he added. “But the things these ladies accomplished this season was truly amazing.”