GADSDEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Gadsden State volleyball team wins district championship, advances to national tournament

The Coronach School girls volleyball team poses for a photo (left to right, back row) Miss P. McLean (coach), April M., Brenna B., Erin B., Amy B., Neely A., and Miss D. Karpinski (coach), (left to right, middle row) Ashleigh F., Jaclyn N., Cierra S., Mik   Contributed photo

Gadsden Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Nov.5.

Gadsden, Ala.— Gadsden State Community College Lady Cardinals won the National Junior College Athletic Association Gulf Atlantic District A/B Volleyball Championship when they defeated the Monroe College Mustangs Nov. 3 at the tournament at Snead State Community College. The win advances the team to the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Championship.

The Cardinals entered Sunday’s championship match with an undefeated tournament record while the Mustangs had one loss. The Mustangs quickly took over the first championship match winning in straight sets, 3-0. The Cardinals were guaranteed a second match through the double elimination rule.

The second match was a heavy battle back and forth between the Cardinals and Mustangs with the teams flip-flopping on four sets. It came down to a fifth set that was close until the final moment as freshman Zoe Busbee approached with a middle attack that was tipped by the Mustangs’ middle blocker and fell just over the heads of the remaining defenders. Gadsden State won the final set 15-12 making them the 2019 NJCAA Gulf Atlantic District A/B Champions.

Three Cardinals were named to the All-Tournament Team including Jaylyn Freeman, Shelby Bates and Aubrey Pope. Sophomore Taylor Spradley received Most Valuable Player honors after also receiving Alabama Community College Conference Co-player of the Year recognition earlier in the week. The District Coach of the Year award was presented to Coach Connie Clark.

The Gadsden State Cardinals will travel to Hutchinson, Kansas, to compete in the NJCAA Division I Volleyball Championship Nov. 21-23.

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