WCHS, Phillips eliminated from state tournament

Ally McCollum slams a kill for PHS.

BIRMINGHAM - The Winston County High School Lady Jackets, coached by Tiffany Cole,  were  defeated in the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Elite Eight 2019 state volleyball championships by G.W. Long on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Long won the state title this year in 2A.
The tournament was held at the CrossPlex in Birmingham on Wednesday and finals at the Bill Harris Arena on Thursday.
Stats for the WCHS Lady Jackets were:
Mackenzie Blackwood, 22 kills, 2 digs, 2 aces.
Elle Donaldson, 29 digs, 2 aces;
Makayla Lindsey, 15 digs, 3 kills, 2 blocks;
Rachel Thompson, 7 digs;
Ella Moore, 8 blocks, 5 kills, 2 aces;
Jassmine Ergle, 5 blocks;
Jenna Downey, 27 assists, 5 digs, 1 kill;
Brenna Wakefield, 2 kills, 1 block.
The Phillips High School She Bears (31-8) defeated Pleasant Home (30-5), the defending 1A state champions, in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Oct. 30, three matches to two. Ally McCollum and Alli Temple dominated on the net to lead the Bearspast Pleasant Home. Temple had 25 kills, 22 assists and eight digs, and McCollum had 18 kills and seven blocks.
Phillips won the Class 1A state basketball championship last season.
Coach Debbie Grubbs’ Bears met Westminster-Oak Mountain in the semi-finals, where the She Bears were eliminated.
Westminster lost three to two to Donoho in the championship match.
Stats were not available at presstime for the She Bears.

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