WELLBORN — All night, Weaver had an answer for Wellborn.
It happened when Wellborn made runs throughout sets in a Thursday night volleyball match. It happened when the Panthers took the first and fourth sets. And it happened again during the fifth.
In total, Weaver bounced back from a first and fourth set losses to beat Wellborn 22-25, 25-19, 25-15, 14-25, 15-13.
“There was a little bit of lack of consistency,” Weaver head coach Casey Maples said. “But, I’m glad we fought through that and came out on top. We’ve struggled with that all year, but hopefully we will start to level that off and become more consistent on a higher level.”
Despite Weaver winning the first point of the first set and Wellborn doing the same in the second, the trend changed the rest of the way as the Bearcats took the first point in the third and fifth sets while the Panthers started 1-0 in the fourth before winning by 11 points.
What to know
—McKenna Flynn led the Bearcats with 21 kills, while Amira Carter was credited with 32 assists. Haley Homesley added eight aces and seven kills for Weaver.
—Lauren Hicks had a team-high 14 kills for Wellborn, while Heather Downs added five. Downs and Kamryn Jackson both had three aces apiece. Hicks and Hailey Cotton combined for 24 digs on the night.
—Maples on what she told her team during a timeout with an 8-8 score in the fifth set: “I told them that it was good to be excited, but we have to be composed and really focus on what we want to do.”
—Wellborn head coach Brenda Venson on her team Thursday night: “They are resilient and that’s what we talked about in the locker room. All year, when we’ve been behind, they’re really dug in and fought.”
—Weaver (18-18) will participate in a quad-match at Ohatchee on Saturday, before starting the Class 3A, Area 11 tournament next week. Wellborn (21-12) will play again next Monday when the Panthers host the Class 3A, Area 8 tournament.
Pleasant Valley 2, Jacksonville 0; Pleasant Valley 2, Munford 0: The Raiders swept Jacksonville 26-24, 25-20 and Munford 25-11, 25-10 to improve to 33-14.
Pleasant Valley's top performers:
—Savannah Williams, 17 kills, 12 digs, two blocks
—Blakely Malsy, 15 kills, nine digs
—Karmyn Sparks, 11 kills
—Leah Patterson, four kills
—Rylee Hayne, 50 assists, 11 digs
—Maggie Hedgepath, 13 digs