Ladynecks defend Shirley Atkins crown
The White Oak Ladynecks started off the Annual Shirley Atkins tournament on Thursday morning. The team finished first in their pool with wins against Spring Hill, Palestine, and Center.
With a slow start against Spring HIll, the Ladynecks made it a 3 set game with the scores of (17-25, 25-20, 25-15). In the win, senior Avery Moore had 8 kills, with senior Kara Carter adding 7 kills and 6 digs. Senior Spencer Sallee also had 7 kills in the match. Junior setter Kyla Weeks led the team in assists, racking up 20, and also adding 11 digs and 3 aces. Adding 12 digs was junior Brooklyn Noll. With the win against Center (25-14, 25-21), Noll had 10 digs and 2 aces, sophomore Destiny Morgan nine digs, and Weeks 18 assists and 6 digs. Carter and Moore added 8 kills apiece. In the last pool play game, White Oak defeated Palestine (25-9, 25-12). Senior Hannah King rolled off 6 aces, while Carter and Morgan added 3 each. Weeks also had 3 aces and 11 assists. Moore 7 kills and Noll had 5 digs.
On Saturday, the stakes were high. With the Ladynecks first opponents being a talented North Lamar team, they battled in three to come out with the win (23-25, 25-17,25-19). To get to the finals, White Oak beat Gilmer in 3 sets. In the win, Carter had 20 service points and Moore led the team with 12 kills.
In the championship game, White Oak had to fight to defend their title as the Shirley Atkins Tournament Champions. The Ladynecks had to battle against Beckville to claim their crown once again, they won in a 3 set thriller (23-25, 28-26, 25-22). Moore paced the offense with 18 kills, Weeks had 13 kills and 22 assists. Noll led the defensive effort with 23 digs. Morgan provided 17 service points and Carter had 13.
The Ladynecks rallied and are now the 2 time defending champions of the Shirley Atkins Tournament. This week, the Ladynecks will start District play, hosting Beckville at home. They play Friday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 to start off their district play.