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Volleyball season winds down to a close

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By Susie Morris

The regular volleyball season concludes this week for Gadsden County  FHSAA member schools and next week district tournaments begin.

Both East Gadsdsen and Robert F. Munroe Day School will host tournaments while West Gadsden will travel to Port St. Joe to participate in tournament action.

As the fifth seed in the Class 3A District 2 tournament, East Gadsden will take on No. 4 seed Rickards on Monday night in Havana in a play-in game.  Rickards has split with East Gadsden in the two previous contests between the two schools.  

This district includes volleyball powerhouse Florida High and also a strong Madison County team, thus making it very difficult for the Jaguars to expect any post-season playoff action this season.

The Munroe Lady Cats have had rebuilding season while learning under new head coach Emily Kohler.  The Lady Cats have staked a 16-4 record this season and earned  No. 2 seed in their Class A District 2 tournament.  They will take on No. 3 seed Altha (14-4) on Tuesday at  p.m. at the Munroe gym.  John Paul II, the top seed, will play FAMU in the next game.  Winners on Tuesday night will square off at 7 p.m. next Thursday.

West Gadsden (1-13, 0-8)  is the bottom seed of a strong five-team district in their 2A classification.  District 3 has some fine volleyball teams in Liberty County, Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka and Franklin County.  West Gadsden will face Wewahitchka in a play-in game between the five and four seeds on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Port St. Joe.

The Munroe volleyball team lost to John Paul II in a 2-A matchup last week at Munroe.

John Paul won in three straight 25-15, 25-13, 25-15.  On Saturday the team participated in a seven-team tournament at Maclay that included not only the host Maclay but Eagle View Academy and St. John from Jacksonville, Pensacola Christian Academy, John Paul II and FAMU.

In the closest match of the season between the two schools, the Lady Cats squandered leads in both contests to spoil any upset thoughts the team might have had.

The Lady Cats made easy work out of Pensacola Christian defeating them in identical 25-10 scores.

First-year volleyball contenders, FAMU has improved a lot but not enough to avoid losing to Munroe for the third time this season.

Munroe played a very tough second game against a tall and talented St. John Country Day team that earlier beat John Paul II.

Tournament stats for four matches had Courtney Mayo leading the team on offense with 21 kills followed by Spenser Morris with 12 kills.  Setter Kristen Allen had  had 48 assists on the day and freshman Mollie Edwards had 15 digs and Kaitlyn Sirmons had 14.  Allen also ad 16 aces and Adrianne Woodward added nine.

The Lady Cats moved to 15-6 with the two tournament wins.