After a rough start to the season, the Alma Airedalettes have been able to get back on track, especially in 5A-West play.
It was all Airedalettes on Thursday as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening game and went on to record a three-game sweep, defeating the Clarksville Lady Panthers 25-9, 25-6, 25-16.
After starting the season with five straight losses, Alma (5-7, 4-1) has won five of its last seven matches.
"They’ve gotten tons better. … We’re very, very young," Alma coach Tiffaney Drinkwitz said.
"The kids played really, really well. I was real pleased and another conference win, so that’s huge for us. They stayed together and they stayed focused. … Our kids kept their composure well and they played hard."
Alma scored the first eight points of the match and continued to build on its lead in the opening game, going up 19-4 at one point while also scoring the last three points to take the opener.
In the second game, Alma broke a 3-3 score by reeling off 10 straight points to take control. Also during the second game, senior Brooklyne Lunsford recorded three consecutive service aces as the Airedalettes increased their advantage to 20-5, which later grew to 23-5.
Clarksville (0-6, 0-3) forged another tie score in the third game, this time at 8-8, before Alma ran off five straight points, highlighted by a pair of scoring kills from junior Aubrey Bailey. Alma also built a 20-12 lead before eventually sweeping the match.
"We’ve got kind of a young bunch," Clarksville coach Robin Turley said. "Our ninth-graders that came up from last year, now in 10th grade, are a good, solid bunch; they’re a little green. … But they’re young, so we’ve got them for another two more years and we’ll be all right."
Bailey had nine kills while senior Alexys Criswell added six. Another senior, Robin Stewart, recorded 11 assists and fellow senior Shaylee Sevenstar added 10.
Junior Hailey Ostrander had the most digs with 15, and Lunsford had three of Alma’s 12 aces on the night.