Over the net

Munford’s Autumn Chatman goes for a kill against Talladega on Tuesday.

MUNFORD -- Munford High School’s volleyball team swept Talladega (27-25, 25-20) in the opener of a tri-match also featuring Childersburg on Tuesday.

The Lady Lions rallied in the first game after trailing the Lady Tigers 17-13. In Game 2, Munford, leading 18-17, outscored Talladega 7-3 to close out the match.

“It felt great,” Lady Lions head coach Ashley Hamlin said. “I’m glad the girls finally got into position and (stopped) making small errors against them. That was really the key factor. ... Once they started getting into position and not out of rotation, we really picked it back up.

“We started getting our hits in. The first game, we didn’t set it up that much, but in the second game, we actually set it up and got some really good hits, which is really good to have on offense because we were struggling that first set on offense.”

Hamlin highlighted Munford’s key performers from the match.

“The best defensive player was definitely Cheyenne Batey,” Hamlin said. “She was in position and was right there getting those tips. Offensively, it would have to be Autumn Chatman with her hits.”

Despite the loss, Talladega head coach Lila Cooper drew positives from facing the Lady Lions.

“Our defense is great,” she said. “We were getting up a lot of balls. We haven’t had a lot of practice, so we were kind of just putting things on the front row. I feel like as the season goes on, we’ll be able to finish more and be more effective at the net.”

Cooper said her back row played well during the match.

“Alexis Miller, my libero, and Kennedi Kelly ... really stood out for me,” Cooper said. “Defensively, (Miller) was digging all the balls, and Kelly was on the front row giving me some good hits.”

She added learning to close out games will be an area of focus for the future.

“We’ve definitely got to learn how to finish,” Cooper said. “They definitely read our deep holes, so we’ve got to learn to cover all of the court.” 

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