Saints and Hornets battle in tough rivalry match

Published 10:09 pm Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In the second meeting between two rival volleyball programs, The Selma High Saints (6-4) needed four sets to defeat the Dallas County High School Hornets (4-5) Wednesday night.

“It’s an inner-county rival game, so it’s a very intense game between both teams,” Saints head coach Katasha Turner said. “When you have two good teams in the area that’s competing against each other, every ball counts.”

The intensity of the game was matched by the hype of the crowd. Even though the gym wasn’t full, the fans grew louder and louder as the games went on.

The first set was close the whole way through. Late in the first set, the teams tied each other’s score five times before the Saints could finally pull away.

Aeranna Manual served an ace to close the first set 27-25.

The Hornets maintained a small, but early lead in the second set. They held on to win the second set 25-22.

Tied at one game a piece, the tension between each point intensified. The Saints battled through the third set and won it 25-22.

The Saints had better control of the game in the fourth set winning by a slightly more comfortable 25-17.

“As always, it’s an exciting time when Selma High and Dallas County plays,” Hornets head coach Linda Moore said. “Both teams played really hard.”

Both teams play again on the road on Thursday. The Hornets travel to play against Marbury High and the Saints will go to Prattville Christian.