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‘Cats win 10th in a row

Published 10:07am Thursday, September 26, 2013

The wins just keep on coming for the Class 5A No. 8 Benjamin Russell Wildcats volleyball team, as it is continuing to play like a top-10 team.
This past Tuesday, the ‘Cats ran their winning streak to 10 straight matches, taking down Elmore County and Alabama Christian Academy on the road.
The Wildcats (22-4) beat the ECHS Panthers in straight sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-15.
Jernika Russell led the team with 11 kills in the match. She also had three aces, four digs and two blocks.
Alexis Flowers had a team-high eight digs.
Jada Carr had four kills and six digs.
In the match against ACA, the Cats dropped the first set 20-25.
The team rebounded to win the second set 25-16 and took the third and deciding set by a 15-7 score.
Russell led the team in kills again during this match, getting 12 of them. Her 14 digs and six blocks were also team-leading numbers.
Chloe Owens had eight kills and a block. Cookie Kelley had five kills and two blocks. Aaliyah Lawson had five kills, 14 digs and two blocks.
“We started out sluggish,” said BRHS volleyball coach Pam Robinson. “But we began to improve as the matches went on, and we played well towards the end.”
Robinson said the team was caught a little off-balance by ACA, adding that she enjoyed that the team was able to regain its bearings.
“We did a good job of adjusting to ACA during the match,” Robinson said. “Our serves were good, and we passed a lot better during the course of the match. We didn’t start out passing well, but we finished.”
BRHS will next be in action Thursday at Opelika. Following that, the Wildcats will compete in the Smiths Station Tournament on Saturday.