Ava Middle School volleyball teams had three matches of play this past week.
On Monday, Ava was host to the Lady Bears of Willow Springs. Ava 7th-grade defeated Willow in a two game match, 25-13 and 25-21. Hannah Forrest was 9/9 serving and 6/6 passing; Larkin Gamboa, 4/4 serving and 3/3 passing; Paris Henry, 14/14 passing, 3/3 hitting; Dalena Kilgore, 5/6 passing; and Melody Premer, 7/8 passing.
Ava’s 8th-grade team had a battle with Willow and came up short losing 21-25, 25-16 and 23-25. Syndnee Snow was 18/20 serving with four aces, and 24/28 passing; Gracie Fleetwood, 12/13 serving, 24/29 passing; Riley Welch, 8/8 serving; Zoey Strong, 6/7 serving and had three hits; Mallory Melton, 31/31 passing and 14/14 setting; Denise Ames, 14/15 passing; Chloe Barnum, 23/26 passing and had eight hits.
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Ava hosted Cabool and had two wins. The 7th grade team won 25-19, and 25-17. Paris Henry served 9/9; Alexis Emrick, 4/5 serving, 9/11 passing; Larkin Gamboa served 10/10; Melody Premer served 5/6; and Hannah Forrest was 9/11 passing
The 8th-grade team won 25-21 and 25-4. Syndee Snow was 24/25 serving with 11 aces, 7/8 passing; Riley Welch, served 14/14 with five aces, 4/4 passing; Mallory Melton, 10/10 serving, 13/14 passing, 10/10 setting; Chloe Barnum, 8/8 setting, 5/5 hitting; Haley Dale, 7/8 serving, 10/10 passing; and Gracie Fleetwood, 11/13 passing.
On Thursday, Ava played Houston at home with two victories. Ava 7th grade boosted their season record to 6-0, with wins of 25-16 and 25-14. Emillie Williams served 14/14, with six aces and passed 6/6 to help Ava defeat the Tigers; Larkin Gamboa served 8/9; Alexis Emrick served 9/9 and passed 10/13; Sara Maggard, 6/6 passing, 6/6 setting and had three hits; Hannah Forrest was 2/2 serving, 17/18 passing and had one hit; Tatum Murray, 5/6 serving; Matilyn Goss passed 4/5; Paris Henry passed 19/21, hit 6/7; and Shaina Lamb passed 4/5.
Ava’s 8th grade team lost game one game but came back to defeat the Tigers, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19.
Sydnee Snow continued to make strong serves which is a help to Ava’s 8th grade team. She served 17/18 with 10 aces; Gracie Fleetwood served 8/9 with two aces, passed 24/27; Riley Welch served 7/7, passed 13/15; Mallory Melton, 14/16 serving, 33/25 passing, 21/21 setting and had six hits; Chloe Barnum passed 16/18, set 22/22 and had 13 hits; Denise Ames served 5/5 with two aces, and Savannah Belcher passed 15/16 and had six hits.
Tonight, Thursday, Oct. 3, the middle school teams will travel to Mtn. Grove for team play, and then Saturday, the Cabool Tournament.