The Pisgah volleyball team’s reign as Jackson County champion will continue for at least another year.
The Eagles went 3-0 en route to winning their fifth consecutive 2019 Jackson County Volleyball Tournament championship at North Sand Mountain High School in Higdon on Saturday.
Pisgah defeated North Sand Mountain 25-9, 25-9 in the championship match.
“I’m happy for the girls,” said Pisgah head coach Carey Ellison, who has coached the Eagles to three county titles during the team’s title-winning streak. “Glad to keep the streak alive.”
Chloe Womack had five kills and 12 service points for Pisgah while Molly Heard had 12 kills and Shalyn Smith had four kills and seven service points. Jaden Burgess added nine service points and Bella Bobo pitched in 17 assists. For NSM, Jasmine Higdon had two kills, two solo blocks, two assisted block and 10 digs while Macy Smith had two kills, two aces and 18 digs.
Pisgah opened the double-elimination tournament with a 25-21, 25-14 win over North Jackson. Womack had 10 kills, 12 service points and five aces while Heard had nine kills and Bobo had 21 assists.
The Eagles then defeated NSM 25-9, 25-2 in the winners’ bracket finals. Heard had 16 kills and Bobo had 19 assists while Womack and Smith had 21 and eight service points respectively. Higdon had two kills, one assisted block and five digs for NSM, which also got one ace, one kill and 20 digs from Macy Smith, one kill and two assisted blocks from Jaycee Weldon and two aces from Jayde Case.
NSM opened the tournament with a 25-16, 25-11 win over Woodville. Higdon had 13 kills and three aces for the Bison while Macy Smith had six kills, six digs and one ace and Harley Boyd had three aces and five kills. Shelby Preston had three aces, Case had two and Weldon had one while Emily Barnes had one kill.
After losing to Pisgah in the winners’ bracket final, NSM edged North Jackson 25-22, 25-18 in the elimination bracket final. Macy Smith had four kills and 32 digs for NSM while Higdon had nine kills, one solo block and six digs, and one ace. Harley Boyd had four aces, two kills and six digs, Preston had one ace, one kill and six digs and Higdon had one ace and seven digs.
North Jackson rebounded from its opening-round loss to Pisgah to defeat Woodville 25-12, 25-6 in an elimination bracket semifinal match.
Pisgah also won the junior varsity tournament championship. The Eagles lost to North Jackson in the first round but battled back through the elimination bracket to defeat the Chiefs twice in the championship round to claim the crown.