Lady Dogs complete season as regional champs

Senior Mallory Anderson hits the ball as seniors Alisha Glover and Maryann Lee and junior Sarah Hyde prepare for a return against Sipsey Valley in the regional tournament.

Maryann Lee, Editor

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    The Montevallo High School Lady Dogs volleyball team reached the regional tournament and had great success there.  The regional tournament was held at Leeds High School, in their newly renovated gymnasium.  The Bulldogs were favored entering the tournament among seven other teams, including Greensboro, Marbury, Leeds, Sipsey Valley, Cental Coosa, Indian Springs and Northside. 
    The Lady Dogs faced off against Sipsey Valley in the quarter final match to start the day off.  After a very quick first match the Lady Dogs were on top, and waiting to see who they would play in the second game.  The Lady Dogs faced off against the Marbury Bulldogs, who had a very skilled team themselves. 
    Seniors Mallory Anderson and Kathryn Ray led the team to another victory, as the Bulldogs were undefeated in the tournament, making quick work of their opponents; the Lady Dogs prepared to take on a team whom they had defeated already for the area title a week earlier, the Northside Rams. 
    For the Lady Dogs to lose the Championship game, Northside would have to defeat them two times in a row.  After a quick three game match, Montevallo ended the tournament as regional champs. 
    “I was extremely proud of our girls,” head coach Tena Niven said.  “They came out, got ahead early and just finished off their opponents.”
    Three of Montevallo’s starters made the All-Region Team including junior Sarah Hyde, and seniors Mallory Anderson and Kathryn Ray.
    “I was glad to be a part of something special,” Hyde said.  “This is a special year, and we have a chance to do something very special.  I’m glad I have an opportunity to contribute to the team’s success.”
    Unfortunately, the Lady Dogs success came screeching to a halt when they headed to the state tournament where they faced Danville, a solid team with some skilled hitters.  Unfortunately, the Lady Dogs couldn’t pull out a win and their tournament journey ended at the Pelham Civic Center. 
    “It wasn’t a way to end the season,” Anderson said.  “But, I am proud that we made it this far my senior year.  I’m happy for the underclassmen that got a taste of what doing something special feels like.  Maybe it’ll spark a flame for them next season.”

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