HANCEVILLE ? Wallace State volleyball has completed another flawless run in Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) play. The 19th-ranked Lions swept Jeff Davis 25-9, 25-8, 25-11 Thursday evening at Tom Drake Coliseum, wrapping up a remarkable run of four consecutive undefeated regular seasons in league play.
Wallace State (35-2, 15-0 ACCC) has easily secured the top seed at the ACCC/Region 22 state tournament set for Nov. 4-5 at Gadsden State, where the Lions will seek their third straight state championship.
?The things we have accomplished here the last four years have truly been outstanding. It gets harder and harder to achieve because your opponents get tired of you winning. You can?t predict what will happen, but we do expect to do this each year,? said Wallace State coach Randy Daniel, who?s in his fifth year at Wallace State. ?All of the continued success is a great testament to the work ethic and character of our players throughout the years.?
Additionally, Wallace State hasn?t yet dropped a set this season to a league foe and lost only two matches overall, both occurring last weekend at the competitive Grizzly Invitational at Missouri State-West Plains. Before the two setbacks, the Lions started the season 29-0.
Wallace State won the Jeff Davis match behind strong sophomore contributions. Caelin Light had 18 assists and five digs against the Warhawks, Callie Miller finished with 16 digs, Lesley Bemis had 10 kills and five digs and Kris Lawson contributed 10 kills, three aces and three blocks.
In Thursday?s opening match victory against Brevard (Fla.) Community College, sophomores Kaydi Langley and Amelia Moore provided the lift. Langley had eight digs, while Moore had five kills and two digs.
All six sophomores were recognized with their parents at the conclusion of the matches.
?Each girl has been vital to our success and meant so much for our program. All six have made major contributions the last two years, helping us achieve a state championship, a win at nationals and hopefully more good things to come this year,? Daniel said. ?You hate you only have them for two years because they grow on you and become like daughters. They?re all going to be missed.?
Light is an Arab High grad; Miller from Hartselle; Bemis from Parkway Christian; Lawson from Gaston; Langley from Addison and Moore from Clay-Chalkville.
Wallace State opened the afternoon with a non-conference win over Brevard, prevailing 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-9.
Light had 37 assists, eight digs and three aces, Maegan Belcher finished with 17 digs and 12 kills, Bemis had 11 kills and five digs, Erica Baker had 13 kills, Bekah Myers eight kills and six digs and EA Shaver added five digs and three kills.
Against Jeff Davis, Baker finished with 13 kills, five blocks and three digs, while Brooke Beasley had 13 assists and five aces.
The Lions close the regular season Friday and Saturday, hosting the Wallace State Invitational. Wallace State plays Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College at 9 a.m. Friday, Brevard at 3 p.m. and has two more matches on Saturday.
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