Morgan to go to state tourney

Published 12:30 am Wednesday, October 21, 2009

AUBURN — Morgan Academy secured the No. 1 seed in AISA Class AAA Region 2 Tuesday by defeating the Lee-Scott Lady Warriors 3-0.

The Senators won 25-15,25-15, 25-16 to head into the state tournament Saturday at Faulkner University. The girls open up at 10 a.m. against Kingwood.

The Morgan volleyball team advanced to the state tournament Monday by defeating Hooper Academy’s Lady Colts 3-2 in a tightly contested match.

Morgan opened play in the first set with strong service runs by Summer Pugh and Anne Woodruff to win decisively 25-16.

Hooper jumped ahead in the second set 8-3 only to have Morgan fight back behind strong serving by Catherine Armstrong to close the gap. Morgan made it 18-20 on a huge April Clark kill and pulled it to 20 apiece with Mary Peyton Zimmerman serving only to have Hooper rally and win 23-25.

In the third set, Morgan went ahead 11-7 only to have Hooper fight back and take the lead, 17-15. Morgan tied it up at 21 but couldn’t put it away and Hooper won 23-25 setting up the fourth set of the match as a “win or go home” one for Morgan.

Morgan Coach Jennifer Moore altered the rotation in the fourth. The score was tied at 7-all when Brandi Sharpe served and the team went ahead 10-7. Hooper took the lead again 15-11 and seemed to have the game in hand when it stretched the lead to 22-16. Morgan broke the Hooper serve at point 17.

They scored on four consecutive Pugh serves to change the momentum, take the win and force the fifth and deciding set.

Morgan got ahead on Dee Griffin’s serve to make the score 5-4, but Hooper tied it up and it remained tied to 10-10. Then Morgan took control and won 15-10 to advance to the finals of the Regional tournament.

After the match, Coach Moore said, “Our team played very hard as a whole today. Each individual had key roles in winning the region title. I am very proud of this team.”

Clark finished the day with 10 kills, six blocks and five aces. Woodruff had three kills, three digs and two aces, while Pugh and Armstrong had 10 and five assists, respectively. Griffin added two saves and four digs while Sharpe had three aces and three kills.