Walker’s volleyball team has lived up to its high ranking so far this season.
The Vikings won the gold bracket at the Briarwood Serve Off Tournament over the weekend, sweeping the host team in the championship match.
Walker, ranked No. 4 in Class 6A, went a perfect 6-0 on the day, beating three ranked teams — No. 8 Muscle Shoals, No. 6 Chelsea and No. 2 Briarwood Christian — in the process.
The Vikings (7-0) defeated McAdory (25-17, 25-13), Shades Valley (25-13, 25-22), Benjamin Russell (25-16, 25-18), Chelsea (25-18, 25-16) and Muscle Shoals (22-25, 25-12, 16-14) before taking down Briarwood Christian, 25-14, 25-21 in the championship match.
Coach Glenda Wright’s squad got senior leadership from Jolee Dobbs, Madisyn Hood and Miranda Bruce.
In the three-set win over Muscle Shoals, Bruce put the team on her back, coming through with 28 kills and seven aces.
Dobbs did her part as well in the match with 43 assists.
For the tournament, Dobbs had 65 digs, 22 kills, and six aces while Bruce had 122 kills, 51 digs, 23 aces and 14 assists.
Walker’s JV team played at Oak Mountain and finished fourth out of 29 teams. The team beat Baker (11-25, 25-17, 15-8) and Gardendale (25-17, 25-15) while losing to Grissom (25-23, 25-20) and Mountain Brook (27-25, 25-23).
Walker’s varsity team is coming off its first ever trip to the Elite Eight State Tournament. The team was put out by eventual state champion St. Paul’s last year.
The Vikings moved up to Class 6A before this season while St. Paul’s remained in Class 5A.
Walker is back in action today at Hewitt-Trussville. The Vikings play their home opener on Thursday. Walker battles top-ranked John Carroll at 5 p.m. and takes on No. 5 Hartselle at 7 p.m.
From Daily Mountain Eagle