Meadowview Christian saw its Cinderella season come to an end in the semifinals of the Alabama Independent School Association state volleyball tournament on Monday with a loss in the Class A semifinals at Garrett Coliseum.
The state tournament, expanded from two classifications to three for the first time this season, offered an opportunity to the smaller volleyball programs in the private school association to compete for a state championship and Meadowview peaked at the right time, finishing the regular season with an 8-10 record before winning the A Region 2 tournament last week and earning the top Region 2 seed in Monday’s tournament.
The Trojans defeated Crenshaw Christian 26-24, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-7 to advance to the semifinals. Other quarterfinal matches included Jackson beating Pickens 25-11, 26-24 and 25-18, Heritage Christian defeating Escambia Academy and Abbeville Christian beating North River Christian in four sets.
In the semifinals, Jackson Academy defeated Meadowview Christian 26-24, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-12 while Abbeville Christian defeated Heritage, setting up a rematch of the top two teams from Region 1.
In the win over Crenshaw, Meadowview was led by Reagan Burton with seven aces and 13 assists, Grace Redd with two digs, four aces and four kills, Kaylee Chancey with two digs, four aces, an assist and seven kills, Avery Smith with one dig and an ace, Emily Reynolds with two digs, six aces and an assist and Jaden McGee with a kill.
In the semifinals, Burton had 18 assists and three aces, Redd had a pair of aces and 11 kills, Chancey had six digs, two aces and a kill, Smith had an ace and four kills, McGee had a dig, a pair of blocks and a pair of kills and Reynolds had five digs and an ace for Meadowview Christian (11-11).
“The girls bought into what we were trying to do,” Meadowview Christian coach Bob Taylor said. “It was different from what they had been doing. We started a seventh grader and an eighth grader during the season. My seniors did a great job of leading our team this season. I was proud of them and how well they improved throughout the year. I expect us to be back next year.”
The AA quarterfinals and semifinals will be held on Tuesday at Garrett Coliseum beginning at noon, with the AAA quarterfinals and semifinals on Wednesday at noon at the coliseum.
Abbeville Christian and Jackson Academy will return to the coliseum on Thursday to play for the Class A state championship at 11 a.m.