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Munford hits its stride against Lady Cardinals

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Volleyball Gable and Welch Volleyball Gable spike

It was finally time for the rematch between the Brighton Lady Cardinals and Munford Lady Cougars.
The second match up between the Tipton County volleyball rivals was anticipated because the previous contest was a competitive four-set thriller with Munford edging out Brighton.
Angie Buchanan’s squad left the Brighton Gymnasium with the District 13-3A win and a list of things to improve before the rematch. And it was clear Sept. 23 the Lady Cougars have worked on some things beating Brighton 25-10, 25-15 and 25-12.
“We knew what we had to do and we wanted to get the job done,” Munford senior Maddison Welch said. “We knew what we had to do to beat them the way we should beat them. We had to play a lot smarter.”
In the first Brighton/Munford contest, Lady Cougar senior Cecily Gable had to use late set heroics to help Munford pull out three of the four sets.
“Our overall game just needed to improve,” Gable said. “It helped that we were at home. I just feel like we’ve improved slowly over this season. Once we play teams a second time you can actually tell.”
Hosting Brighton this time in the Munford Gymnasium, the Lady Cougars jumped to a 7-0 lead behind the serving of senior Taylor Hobson. Munford led 12-5 after a Gable kill.
Later in the opening set Gable made the score 22-9 with back-to-back spikes. The Lady Cardinals managed to reach 10 before Munford hit the 25-point mark.
The second set started off in similar fashion with Lily Turner joining in the scoring for Munford. The Lady Cougars were ahead 7-2 in the early moments of the set.
After a Gable ace made the score 11-3, Brighton rallied outscoring Munford 7-3 during one stretch to make the tally 15-10. Later Lady Cardinal Makayla Rose made the score 20-15 serving up an ace of her own. But Munford closed out the second set with the final five points including a Gable tip to make the final 25-15.
In the third set Munford jumped out once again 12-2 and never looked back. The Lady Cougars kept pace with Brighton the rest of the set 13-10 to win in three sets.
The victory improved Munford to 5-0 in league play and guaranteed it the District 13-3A top seed before next month’s district tournament to be hosted by the Lady Cougars.
“It’s the end of the season,” Gable noted. “It’s nice that we’ve done something this season. We’ve accomplished things. It’s a good feeling to know in Coach Buchanan’s first season here she’s really helped us out. We’ve worked well together.”
Welch said the Lady Cougars still have some work ahead of them if they want to make it 8 straight Sub-State appearances later this month.
“We’ve still got to play a lot smarter than what we’ve been playing,” she concluded. “We can’t miss any serves. We have to get the ball in as much as we can and let them make the mistakes. Then we can finish a game the way we should.”

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