At the net

Scottsboro's AnnaLynn Buckner (7) records a kill as North Jackson's Summer Varnum attempts to block.

The Scottsboro volleyball team started its season with a rivalry victory.

The Wildcats posted a three-games-to-none victory over archrival North Jackson Thursday night in Stevenson.

Scottsboro (1-0) notched a 25-11 Game 1 win before opening up a 22-0 lead in Game 2 — Abby Jones recorded each service point — on the way to a 25-4 win. North Jackson (0-2) grabbed an 8-7 lead in Game 3, but Scottsboro scored five straight points to start a 10—3 scoring spurt en route to a 25-16 win to finish off the match sweep.

“I felt like we played pretty well for our first match,” said Scottsboro head coach Patrick Kritner. 

“There are several little things that we need to clean up. Our timing was off on our hitting approaches, [and] we need to pass from a lower position. We had a few first game mistakes, but the girls played hard and I'm proud of them.”

Jones finished with six kills, nine assists and 13 service aces for the Wildcats, which also got five kills and seven aces from Nhi Le. 

Pisgah 3, Plainview 0 — At Pisgah, the host Eagles swept No. 7-ranked Plainview in a best-of-five Class 3A Area 14 match on Thursday to record Pisgah’s first volleyball victory against the Bears.

Pisgah (2-0, 1-0)  posted wins over 25-12 wins in Games 1 and 2 before sealing the match with a 25-23 Game 3 victory.

Kacie McLaughlin totaled 13 service points and seven kills and Molly Heard had 13 service points and seven kills for Pisgah while Bella Bobo had 14 service points and seven assists. Annie Hughes posted eight kills and Hannah Duncan recorded 15 service points (two aces) and five assists. 

“Great effort. We had great communication, kept ball spread out and played solid defense,” said Pisgah head coach Carey Ellison. It’s probably the most complete match we’ve ever played.”

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