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CCHS volleyball loses to Helena

By Brandon Sumrall/ Special to the Advertiser

The 2021 volleyball season has not been kind to the Lady Tigers as Chilton County High School fell to 1-8 on the season after a three-sets-to-none loss on Sept. 23 to the visiting Helena Huskies 25-10, 25-15, 25-22.

The evening’s matchup got off to a bit of a bumpy start from the get go as the Huskies jumped out to an early 5-0 lead behind the serving of Katie Gutierrez early in the first set. The Tigers cut the lead to two before another five-point run by Helena put the Huskies out in front 13-6. Helena maintained a seven-point lead as Gutierrez again took over serving duties and led a six-point run as the visiting Huskies cruised to a first set victory 25-10.

Set two began with the Tigers again finding themselves in an early hole as a 7-0 run by Helena put Chilton County on the short end of a 7-2 score. The Huskies lead grew to seven before another run by Helena would make it a 10-point game. One final kill by the Huskies stole a 25-15 second set win.

The Tigers made set three a bit more interesting as Marlee Hardee and Sara Newton combined, giving the Tigers an early 3-0 lead. Helena answered with a run of their own to tie the game at four, but Macey Pierce took over serving duties for Chilton to lead a four-point run to give the Tigers a 9-6 lead. The lead was short-lived, however, as a five-point run by Helena gave the Huskies a two-point lead, and shortly after extended their lead to five thanks to another run. The Tigers later cut the lead to two, but with Helena holding serving duties, a final kill by the Huskies capped a 25-22 set three win and a three-sets-to-none victory over the Tigers.

Allie Graydon cashed in 11 kills and four aces for Helena, while Presley Lively added 25 digs.

Macey Pierce led the Tigers with 20 digs with Charlotte Blencowe adding 13 digs.