Morgan volleyball season ends

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Morgan Academy volleyball coach Rick Blevins hoped his Lady Senators would take away plenty from their AISA Class 3A, Region East 2 tournament on Tuesday.

Blevins will have to wait until next season to find out.

The Lady Senators saw their season end with a two losses to Mobile Christian.

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Morgan Academy dropped two straight games in their final match against Mobile Christian, 25-20 and 25-16. The Lady Senators finished the season with a 24-10 record and their fifth consecutive Region East 2 championship.

“I’m very proud of our players this year. We competed with some very fine teams and held our own in many matches this year,” Blevins said. “Our senior group of Caroline Woodruff, Elizabeth Elliott, Kayla Pegues and Leslie Britton showed great leadership this year and will be missed next season. With many key players returning we are looking forward to an even better team next year.”

After trailing early in the first game, Morgan Academy rallied to take a 20-16 lead. But Mobile Christian got some solid service and took advantage of passing and setting mistakes by Morgan to score the game’s final nine points.

“When the score was 20-16, I thought we were in pretty good shape,” Blevins said. “We had a couple of mis-hit balls. We played hard, we just made a couple mistakes.

“When you’re up by four,” Blevins added, “you need to finish it out. We just didn’t finish it out.”

In the second game, the teams were tied at 6 before Mobile Christian went on a 14-6 run to take the lead for good.

Earlier in the day, Mobile Christian beat Morgan, 25-20 and 25-18.

The Lady Senators beat Wilcox Academy, 25-12 and 25-20 to eliminate the Lady Wildcats.

In the tournament finals, Faith Academy beat Mobile Christian in two games. Faith Academy will represent the region as the top seed in the state Final Four, while Mobile Christian will be the region’s second seed. The state Final Four tournament will be held Saturday in Montgomery.

“I told the girls we needed to play better competition,” Blevins said. “We had 13 players this year. Of those 13, I played 10 a lot.

“We got a lot of tournament experience, which will help us next year,” Blevins added. “We won’t have as strong a hitting team next year, but we’ll have a better defensive team.”