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Addison and Meek Move to Semis at the AHSAA Elite 8 State

 BIRMINGHAM – Addison High School kept its hopes for as third straight volleyball tilew alive Tuesday posting a quarterfinal win at the 52nd annual Alabama High School Athletic Association Elite 8 State Volleyball Championships, which got underway Tuesday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Bulldogs, playing in 1A after winning three Class 2A titles in the past four years, will meet Spring Garden in the semifinals today at 4 p.m. Meek and Covenant Christian advanced to the other Class 1A semifinal at 4. The Class 1A state finals will be played at adjoining the Bill Harris Arena Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
Classes 2A and 4A also get underway today with Finals Wednesday. Classes later today. Class 3A, 6A and 7A open play Wednesday at the CrossPlex with finals set for Bill Harris Arena Thursday. All matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s school broadcast platform.

ADDISON 3, KINSTON 0 (25-3, 25-10, 25-5): Addison High School (44-10), back in Class 1A, after winning the Class 2A titles in 2018, 2020 and 2021, dominated its quarterfinal as Dacey Baker paced the offense with 11 kills.
     Abby Waldrep added nine kills, Katie Barrett had six kills and Gracie Manley had 31 assists and seven aces for the Bulldogs (44-10), coached by Kaydi Woodard.
     Danielle Cain led Kinston (16-16), coached by Suzanne Elmore, with 23 digs and 14 assists. Claire McReynolds added 31 digs and four assists.

MEEK 3, UNIVERSITY CHARTER SCHOOL (25-15, 25-20, 25-21): Meek sophomore Madison Smith delivered 12 kills, five blocks and five digs to lead the winning Tigers (21-23), coached by Callie BrewerVeronica Ortega added 15 digs and six kills for the Tigers, and Peyton Johnson had five kills and 11 digs. Marlee Mosley had 19 digs and Carmyn Daugherty contributed 20 assists, six digs and two aces.
University Charter (25-8), coached by Stephanie Gaither, got seven kills and six digs from Ella Grace Larkin and seven kills and six digs from Ella Grace LarkinMaddy Gullahorn had five kills and five digs for the Trailblazers.