Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos By Brian Tannehill | Director of Photography
CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – Elmore County’s Volleyball Panthers has quietly been putting together an impressive season knocking off Stanhope Elmore, Benjamin Russell to end August and then opened September with a sweep of the Mustangs and Horseshoe Bend. Last week, the Panthers bested Smiths Station in straight sets on Tuesday but suffered a 3-2 defeat to another volleyball mainstay Alabama Christian, on Thursday.
“We have had some tough games with the best competition in the state in the tournaments that we’ve played,” said Kimberly Moncrief, longtime Panthers Volleyball coach. “I’m very excited with how we performed. We are competing very well with those teams and a lot of our girls are stepping up. We haven’t had a full roster most of the season due to injuries and Covid quarantine. So I’m happy with how they have worked through all of that with the tough competition.”
The Panthers rebounded Monday to sweep Tallassee (25-16, 25-13 and 25-23).
Coranda Lozada had herself a night against the rival Tigers, reigning down 11 kills. Haley Sides added eight service aces to the Panthers tally. Abbi Williams finished the night with 17 assists.
This sport is a sprint though. Elmore County, according to the schedule on the AHSAA website, travels to Wetumpka this afternoon and then to Jemison Thursday and will host their annual Block Party Tournament featuring 11 volleyball teams from throughout the state.
The tournament field comprises: RE Lee, Benjamin Russell, ACA, Stanhope Elmore, Reeltown, Billingsley, Chilton County, Horseshoe Bend, Wetumpka and Beauregard.
Below are recaps from the most recent Panthers matches:
Elmore County defeated Smiths Station 25-17 and 25-15
Coranda Lozada (junior outside hitter) 6 kills
Seanna O’Daniel (senior middle hitter) 5 kills
Emma Brown (senior right side hitter) 4 kills
Abbi Williams (sophomore setter) 13 assists
CJ Thornton (senior defensive specialist) 3 digs
Elmore County defeated Beauregard 25-22 and 25-21
Madison Byram (junior middle hitter) 4 kills
Ally Orr (freshman outside hitter replacing junior outside hitter Lizzy Brown who broke her arm in a tournament on Saturday) 3 kills
Coranda Lozada and Abbi Williams 2 kills each
Coranda Lozada 4 digs
Courtney Sides and Annabelle Orr (junior and sophomore setters) each with 4 assists.
Coranda Lozada with 4 digs, Abbi Williams with 3 digs.
Elmore County defeated Horseshoe Bend 25-16, 25-10.
Abbi Williams had 5 aces and 11 assists Elmore County had 19 team kills, Coranda Lozada 4, Lizzy Brown 3, and Seanna O’Daniel 3.
Elmore County defeated Stanhope Elmore 25-15, and 25-10.
Lizzy Brown had 5 serving aces, Natalie Sullivan had 5 and Abbi Williams and 4. Natalie Sullivan 5 serving aces came in a 12 consecutive points second set. CJ Thornton followed her with 9 consecutive points from the serving line. 3 setters Abbi Williams, Annabelle Orr, and Courtney Sides each had 5 assists. Lizzy Brown led the team with 9 digs and Hailey O’Brien had 5.
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