G.W. Long beats out Lady Bulldogs for state title


The 2019 2A State runners-up Addison Lady Bulldogs. Pictured on the front row from left: Bracie Rodgers, Addisyn Smothers, Lexie Cunningham and Anna Grace Luker. Back row: Head Coach Kayla Woodard, Macey Butler, Callie Crider, Savannah Manley, Sunny Snoddy, Bailee Ory, Gracie Manley and Assistant Coach Pam Wilkins.

BIRMINGHAM - The  Addison High School Lady Bulldogs (49-15) came up one match short of the seventh straight state title Thursday, Oct. 31, at The Crossplex in Birmingham. But they did take claim to the state runner-up honor.
What is considered as an upset, G.W. Long (49-6), the team that eliminated the Winston County Lady Jackets from the tournament, defeated Addison three sets to one. Addison won the first match 25-18, but G.W. Long went three straight, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-15. This was Long’s first state volleyball title.
The Lady Bulldogs eliminated the Lady Rebels last year in the quarterfinals.
The Lady Bulldogs had a total of 51 kills as a team, one less than the Rebels. Savannah had 19, Callie Crider had 14 and Addisyn Smothers 11.
Addison players named to the All-Tournament Team were Savannah Manley, Gracie Manley and Callie Crider.
Addison Head Coach Kayla Woodard commented following the game, “I am super proud of this group. I told them this loss does not define who you are as a team or as individual players. We have had a great season and have been very successful. I just think (G.W. Long) was better today. My hat is off to them. The game just didn’t fall like we wanted it to today. “
Stats for the Addison Lady Bulldogs include: Savannah Manley, 25 blocks, 9 digs, 38 kills, 7 aces;
Callie Crider, 15 blocks, 23 digs, 28 kills, 2 aces;
Addisyn Smothers, 4 blocks, 26 digs, 32 kills, 2 aces;
Sunny Snoddy, 9 blocks, 1 dig, 15 kills;
Macey Butler, 6 blocks, 30 digs, 3 aces;
Gracie Manley, 10 blocks, 16 digs, 3 kills, 112 assists, 6 aces;
Anna Grace Luker, 13 digs;
Bracie Rodgers, 2 digs;
Lexie Cunningham, 16 digs, 4 aces;
Bailey Ory, 2 aces.
Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Communications Assistant Director said during the post game interview. “Streaks begin and streaks come to an end. They also can begin again.”

 


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