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Area teams play in River Region v’ball tournament

Published 10:16am Thursday, October 10, 2013

Prattville Lady Lion junior varsity and middle school volleyball teams swept the inaugural River Region Volleyball Tournament Saturday hosted by the Prattville Christian Academy.
Five teams participated in each bracket of the tourney that marked the end of their respective seasons and spanned Friday and Saturday. The middle school bracket contained PCA, Prattville, Marbury, Wetumpka and Elmore County. The JV tourney featured PCA, Prattville, Billinsley, Parks Crossing and Brewbaker Tech.
“We wanted the middle school and JV teams to have the same experience the varsity teams have,” said PCA volleyball coach and tournament director, Kaylon Cantrell, who with the help of PCA athletic director, Sam Peak, started the tournament this season. “We wanted them to get to play for something.”
Pool play was billed for Friday and Prattville garnered both top spots heading into Saturday morning, after undefeated play in both brackets. Marbury, PCA, Wetumpka and Elmore County rounded out the seeding in the middle school tourney. PCA, Parks Crossing, Brew Tech and Billingsley came out of pool play in that order behind Prattville.
For the middle school River Region title, the Lady Lions battled the host Lady Panthers. Prattville captured the win in straight sets.
Parks Crossing defeated PCA in three sets, a 15-13 final game, in the semifinals of the JV bracket to set up the championship game against Prattville.
In straight sets, the JV Lady Lions took the title over Parks Crossing.
Cantrell said the first River Region Volleyball Tournament was a success and PCA will look to make it an annual event.
“I’m very happy with how the tournament went,” said Cantrell. “We had great fan support and I think all of the teams involved had a good time.”

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