First-year Arab head volleyball coach Jamiee Moran couldn’t be too disappointed with her varsity squad for finishing runner-up in Saturday’s Marshall County Tournament at Arab’s new gym.
After all, the team that prevailed, Albertville, is ranked fourth in Class 6A in the latest state poll. And, the Lady Knights defeated the Lady Aggies 2-0 in pool play Saturday morning.
But Albertville won when it mattered most, 25-14, 26-24 in the championship finals late Saturday afternoon.
“I’m very happy,” Moran said. “I thought we played well as a team.
“I tell them all the time, each of them have one or two jobs, and all they need to concentrate on doing their jobs. And I just thought, everyone played well as a team.”
Until the finals, Arab lost just two sets all day – both to Guntersville. In pool play, Arab beat Boaz 2-0 and Guntersville 2-1 in addition to Albertville. That gave the Lady Knights the No. 1 city seed.
Before the tournament started, Moran said she figured Arab would face either Guntersville or Albertville in the final. Turns out, it was Albertville.
“We ended up facing Guntersville in the semifinals,” she said.
After beating county seed No. 4 Asbury in straight sets, Arab defeated Guntersville 2-1 before meeting Albertville for the title.
Hensley Elrod, Karli Walker and Ella Ingram were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Arab JV team represented the host school well, essentially flipping the script of the varsity team. The JV Lady Knights lost to Guntersville in pool play, 1-2 – their only loss of the day – then came back to beat the Lady Wildcats 25-27, 25-16, 15-12 in the finals to win the county championship at Arab’s auxiliary gym.
Coach Shelby Brothers’ team beat Boaz 2-0, Albertville 2-0 before losing to Guntersville 1-2 in pool play. The Lady Knights then beat DAR in straight sets before defeating Boaz 25-20, 25-21 to advance to the finals.
While the county tournament was going on in Arab, the Arab Junior High’s seventh and eighth grade teams were playing – and playing well – in a tournament at Albertville.
The eighth grade team went 5-0, losing only one set, to win its tournament. Arab beat Boaz 2-1, Huntsville 2-0 and DAR 2-0 in pool play.
The team then beat Albertville 2-0 in the semifinals before defeating Huntsville 2-0 in the finals.
The seventh grade team went 3-2, falling to Boaz in the finals of its tournament.
In pool play, Arab beat Boaz 2-0 and Huntsville 2-1 but lost to DAR, 1-2.
In bracket play, Arab beat Albertville 2-0 before falling to Boaz, 1-2.