BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WDHN) — It was the first day of the high school state volleyball tournament and we had a few schools representing the Wiregrass today.
Starting off in 2A, defending state champions, G.W. Long won their quarterfinal bout with Hatton. They did that five sets winning even after dropping the first game 21-25. The Rebels then came back to win the next two sets 25-16 and 25-18 but Hatton would get even winning the fourth set 20-25. In the decisive final set, G.W. Long won 15-12 to advance on to the semifinals.
In that match, Makenna Long had a historic match, assisting on 52 points which tied the most assists in a game at any AHSAA match since 2018.
Ariton came in as the two seed out of the south and that faced them up with Spring Garden out of the North. The Purple Cats fell in straight sets 25-10, 25-22, and 25-20. Ariton had a great season making it here with a season record of 24-10.
Moving on to the semifinals, G.W. Long was able to get back to the state finals match. The Rebels beat Altamont in four sets but after two sets it was knotted at one a piece but G.W. Long was able to win the match reeling off back to back wins 28-26 and 25-23.
G.W. Long will play Addison tomorrow at noon in the state championship match.
In 5A, Providence Christian was looking to make their way back to the state finals as well.
In the quarterfinals the Eagles were paired up against Fairview and Providence was able to come out on top in four sets.
Now in the semis, Providence had to go through a rather familiar opponent. That is Bayside Academy who just beat the Eagles in the regional semifinals and that who beat Providence in last year’s title game.
Again, it was Bayside who would be the victor beating Providence Christian in straight sets, 25-23, 25-16, 25-11.