Following loss, Trojans get back on track vs. Cahawba

Published 8:57 pm Thursday, September 10, 2015

Meadowview Christian bounced back from its second loss of the season Thursday with a three-set victory over Cahawba Christian Academy at the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County.

Meadowview Christian defeated Cahawba Christian Academy in three sets Saturday. --Daniel Evans

Meadowview Christian defeated Cahawba Christian Academy in three sets Saturday. –Daniel Evans

The Trojans (8-2) fell to New Life Christian Academy, last year’s state champions, on Tuesday, but bounced back in a big way Thursday. Meadowview swept the Chargers 25-14, 25-17, 25-9 while head coach Tim Burton played with different lineups.

“I had some different lineups in there and everybody did good,” Burton said. “I changed the lineup three times. Three games, three different lineups.”

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Meadowview was without Shelby Boswell, who was sick, but Burton said his team showed they have some great players who can come off the bench too.

“Alyssa [Verhoff] comes in and covers everybody,” Burton said. “She’s pretty awesome and my other three did a good job while they were in there. I was really proud of them tonight.”

Early in the match Meadowview trailed Cahawba 6-3 during the first set. While Burton was patiently waiting for his team to get it together, the lights went out due to a thunderstorm outside. The delay lasted six minutes. When the lights came back on, Meadowview seized control.

After the Trojans won 8 of 10 points to take the lead, Christina Dabit helped put the set away. Dabit had four successful serves in a row to push Meadowview in front 16-11.

Two great kills by Maggie Tipton pushed the lead to 24-14 and a serve by Mallory Friene ended the set.

The second set was the most competitive of the match and was back and forth most of the way.

Tied at 16, Meadowview finally put it away.

The Trojans played great defense and eventually got the ball back into Dabit’s hands, who served successfully twice to make it 24-17. A return shot out of bounds by the Chargers ended the set.

Meadowview didn’t let the third game be that close.

The Trojans jumped out to a 15-3 lead behind great serving by Tipton and didn’t look back as they rolled through set three.

Burton said his team played one of the best matches of the year Thursday and that he hopes it can play that relaxed the next time they take on New Life, which is Sept. 21. New Life has handed Meadowview three of its five losses over the last two seasons.

“New Life is our competition,” Burton said. “We know that. They beat us out of it last year. They won the state last year. They get to playing a team like that and they get a little tenser and try to make better plays. Out here tonight they were nice and relaxed and they just played. That’s the way we’ve got to get when were playing any game.”

Thursday’s game was held at the YMCA because the Little Lamb Children’s Consignment Sale is being held at Meadowview Christian.

Meadowview will play its next game Sept. 15 at Victory Baptist in Millbrook.