The Arab volleyball team turned a very good week into a great one Tuesday, winning the Marshall County Tournament for the second consecutive year in dominating fashion.

The Lady Knights won six consecutive matches in straight sets, giving up no more than 18 points in any one game. The wins pushed the 5A No. 6 Lady Knights to 34-9 overall.

In the week leading up to the county tournament, Arab had defeated 5A, Area 14 foes Fairview and Scottsboro to push its area record to 5-0.

All in all, a pretty good week, and Arab head coach Amy Hudson had a feeling her team would play that way, especially in the county tournament.

“I felt all day we were in 100 percent control, because of the way we’ve playing, just our mindset,” Hudson said. “They were cool, calm and confident.

“They took it one game at a time and got it done.”

There’s still plenty to do, especially come the postseason, but Hudson likes what she’s seeing.

“It’s the way you would draw it up, how you’d like to see your team (to perform),” she said. “It’s not just been like a roller-coaster, with a lot of ups and downs.

“They’ve been steadily climbing the hill. We’re not there yet, but we’re steadily climbing.”

Two traits about the team have emerged that please Hudson in particular.

“I’ve never been more proud of the way these girls have developed team chemistry,” she said. “And they are really becoming a mentally tough team.”

Arab soared through the city round-robin portion of the tournament, defeating Albertville 25-15, 25-8; Boaz 25-18, 25-13; and Guntersville 25-13, 25-15.

After that, the Lady Knights defeated Asbury 25-10, 25-7; Douglas 25-13, 25-8; then Guntersville in the title match, 25-11, 25-15.

Douglas reached the semifinals by pulling out an exciting win over Boaz, 25-20, 25-22. Guntersville defeated DAR 25-19, 25-21.

Meanwhile, Brindlee Mountain’s varsity and JV teams both went 1-2 in county round-robin action, then both were ousted by Guntersville in bracket play (see story elsewhere on this page.

The Arab JV team was competitive all day. The JV Lady Knights went 1-2 in city round-robin play, defeating Albertville 25-21, 25-23 after losing to Guntersville 24-26, 24-26 and Boaz 23-25, 25-20, 6-16.

Then the JV Lady Knights beat a scrappy DAR squad 25-15, 25-13 in an exciting quarterfinal match before falling to Guntersville again, 23-25, 16-25.

“I was very proud of them,” said coach Mallory Fricke. “We’ve been in a big rebuilding year, and they’ve worked really hard.”

In the week leading up to the county tournament, the Lady Knights scored big area wins, first against Fairview last Wednesday, 25-13, 25-11, 25-10, then against Scottsboro on Monday, 25-17, 25-14, 25-10.

On Saturday, the varsity team played in a tournament at Boaz and won five straight before falling. The Lady Knights defeated Hayden 25-14, 25-15; Madison County 25-12, 25-21; Plainview 25-18, 27-25; Whitesburg Christian 25-6, 25-12; and Madison County 25-21, 25-10.

They then lost their final match to Plainview, 25-21, 27-29, 11-15.

The JV team beat Fairview 25-13, 25-18 but lost to Scottsboro 19-25, 25-8, 9-15.

• Arab Junior High

The Marshall County Tournament for middle school/junior high teams will be played Saturday at Sand Mountain Park in Albertville.

On Monday, the eighth grade team defeated Boaz 25-10, 25-23 and Albertville 25-8, 25-16.

The seventh grade team defeated Boaz 25-22, 25-15, then topped Albertville 25-23, 13-25, 15-4.

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