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Edgewood downs Glenwood to win Gators Invitational

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Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photo Courtesy of Edgewood Academy

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD – After getting a taste of competition in Macon East’s season-opening Jamboree, the Edgewood Academy Wildcats proved they were one of the top teams to beat, winning the Glenwood Invitational over the weekend.

“Overall we played well and continued to build off a solid week of practice and a statement win over Lee Scott on Thursday,” said David DeLozier, coach of the Wildcats. “We started the day off playing up and down, but kept getting better and more focused with each match. I’m proud of my team for how we found a way to pull through every state of the way through the tournament.”

The Wildcats – defending Class AA champions – defeated the host Gators 2-1 (15-25, 25-12 and 15-12) for the opportunity to add another trophy to their collection.

DeLozier: “Everything we have worked on in practice and talked about this season was tested in that match (the championship) and credit to Glenwood for making it tough on us. To experience that kind of adversity in that electric environment and come away with a win was a big step forward for this team. This is a different, younger group than last year’s squad; and the grit, focus and discipline they displayed to get it done under immense pressure was truly amazing.”

The tournament – which featured teams from Alabama and Georgia – was competitive across the board. The field included Lee-Scott, the champion Wildcats and runners up Gators, Glenwood JV, Morgan, Tuscaloosa Academy, The Lakeside School (Eufaula), Stratford Academy (Macon, GA) and Calvary Christian (Columbus, GA).

Kayla Strength – Glenwood volleyball coach – had to sit out the tournament after testing positive for Covid earlier in the week.

“I was incredibly impressed with my varsity team,” said Strength. “Not only did they play without their coach (our headmaster graciously stepped in), they had to battle teams huddled up in the bleachers cheering against them. They remained poised and showed what class they have while playing in a tremendously hostile environment. We fell short in the championship match to a talented team, but I am more proud of how they handled themselves than anything.”

The JV Gators stepped in to fill the spot reserved for Macon East and won their first match.

Strength: “They grew so much and I can’t wait to get back in the gym with them.”

According to Sean Burns, Calvary Christian coach, his bunch finished the day 2-3, which is a testament to progress as he’s in year-two of a rebuilding project.

“Our girls started the day off really slow, but was able to salvage the day with a strong game against Edgewood,” said Burns. “Even with that loss, it woke us up enough to win the next two games against the Glenwood JV and Stratford to win the Silver Bracket.”

Burns highlighted the play of Kristina Faison and Emily Carstarphen. 

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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