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Cruise control: Wildcats’ winning streak stands at 8 after win vs. DHS

Published 12:08pm Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Benjamin Russell Wildcats volleyball team has been doing a lot of winning lately.
After winning the Hewitt Trussville Tournament, the Lady ‘Cats continued to chalk up victories, with their most recent one coming versus the Dadeville Lady Tigers by scores of 25-12, 25-10 and 25-16. The Wildcats are now 20-4 on the year and are currently riding an eight-match winning streak.
“Against Auburn and John Carroll (on Sept. 17), we didn’t pass very well,” said BRHS volleyball coach Pam Robinson. “None of us were happy about that. Lately we’ve worked on that, and we’ve been passing and reading defenses so much better.”
Versus Dadeville, Jernika Russell led the team with nine kills. Jada Carr added eight kills. Aaliyah Lawson had four kills. Chloe Owens had three kills. Cookie Kelly and Alexis Flowers each had two kills, and Danasha Wyckoff had one.
Carr led the team with five service aces. Kelley had three aces, and Owens had one. Lawson chalked up a team-high two blocks, with Russell, Carr and Wyckoff each having one.
Despite the relatively comfortable win, Robinson wasn’t entirely pleased with the win.
“I felt like we played sloppy,” Robinson said. “It feels good to get the win, but we know what it takes to win at the end, so we have to take every opportunity that we can to continue to get better.”
During the Hewitt Trussville Tournament, the Wildcats earned a measure of revenge when they defeated John Carroll to claim the tournament title.
“It was a really good tournament for us,” Robinson said. “We were able to hold off a pesky challenge. It felt good for us to avenge an early loss, so we’re happy we got the chance to play John Carroll again.”
In addition to a strong overall record, the Wildcats also have the top spot in region play, thanks to a 25-7, 25-14, 25-16 win over region foe Marbury last week. BRHS is now 4-0 in the region.
Next up for the Wildcats will be a road trip to 6A opponent Opelika. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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