The Scottsboro volleyball team got a split decision on the opening day of the season.

Scottsboro (1-1) bounced back from a 12-25, 18-25 loss to Class 7A Buckhorn by posting a 25-8, 25-13 sweep of fellow 5A team Mae Jemison (formerly J.O. Johnson during a tri-match Thursday afternoon at Carter Gymnasium. 

Stats were unavailable, but Scottsboro head coach Kelly Scott felt the Wildcats performed well in their opening matches.

“Overall I was extremely proud of my girls performance, they came out ready to play and fought hard against Buckhorn,” Scott said. “Buckhorn has more height and power that we do not have yet, but my defense held their own and really blew me away with the balls they were getting up. They proved to me they can play with teams that have strong hitters. We started a little rusty on hitting, but the second set we came out much stronger and were putting the ball down more consistently. 

“Against Jemison, I was able to get more subs in and allow those new players to prove what they could do. Very proud of my girls and I am very excited to see what they look like come area tournament time.” 

Scottsboro returns to the court today for a tournament at Albertville. The Wildcats visit Fort Payne Monday at 4 p.m. before hosting a Douglas and 5A Area 14 foe Crossville in a tri-match Tuesday.

North Jackson falls to Woodville, Asbury — At Stevenson, North Jackson’s season began with tough losses to Woodville and Asbury Thursday afternoon.

Woodville edged the Chiefs (0-2) in two sets 25-16 and 25-23, while Asbury defeated the Chiefs 25-8, 25-7. Caroline Blackmon had six service points against Asbury.

Woodville (1-1) lost to Asbury 19-25, 8-25.

North Jackson’s junior varsity squad posted a 25-12, 25-17 win over Woodville but fell in three sets to Asbury.

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