Wallace State’s Sarah Ellen Battles, left, and Savanna Tidwell converge on a Gadsden State volley during Wednesday’s match.

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State volleyball’s team remained perfect in Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) action on Wednesday, blanking rival Gadsden State at Tom Drake Coliseum.

One of Wallace State’s assets this season is its depth across the board, and the Lions used that to win convincingly, 25-12, 25-9, 25-20, in one of the more anticipated matches of the season at Tom Drake Coliseum.

“We controlled the net pretty good. I was impressed with our offense. We’ve just to work on playing better defense behind the block. When we play Gadsden State, it’s always competitive. I expect them to be much better the next time we play them,” said Wallace State coach Randy Daniel, whose team has won every conference set this season.

The Lions (15-3, 6-0 ACCC), the five-time defending ACCC/Region champs, won their 10th match in a row.

“It means a lot to have the depth we have. It’s kept us on this roll. I have confidence in any player I put out there,” Daniel said. “I told the team the other day that our strength is our versatility and depth. It’s not one individual. We have some individuals who do well, but our strength is having that many people who can play.”

Wallace State’s Syretha Pride, the conference leader in both kills and blocks, added to her season total with 13 kills and four blocks on Wednesday. BreAnna Thompson, second in the league in kills, added 10 more to the Lions’ attack.

Alexandra Gamble finished with 23 assists for the Lions, Sarah Ellen Battles had 14 digs, Savanna Tidwell had six digs and three kills, Montana Clark contributed six digs, Kheala Roberts had six kills, Bethany Johnson had four kills and Kaci Kirk added six assists.

Wallace State jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first set. Gadsden State trimmed the margin to 12-7 before the Lions closed it on a 13-5 spurt.

Wallace State controlled a 14-6 advantage in the second set and closed it out by keeping the Cardinals in single digits.

The final set was the closest, but Wallace State never relinquished its lead.

Wallace State continues conference play on Friday, hosting Jeff Davis at 2 p.m.

For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit wallacestate.edu.

Wallace State’s Alexandra Gamble serves during Wednesday’s match. Gamble, a setter, finished with a team-high 23 assists.

Wallace State’s Alexandra Gamble serves during Wednesday’s match. Gamble, a setter, finished with a team-high 23 assists.

Wallace State’s Sarah Ellen Battles, left, and Savanna Tidwell converge on a Gadsden State volley during Wednesday’s match.

Wallace State’s Sarah Ellen Battles, left, and Savanna Tidwell converge on a Gadsden State volley during Wednesday’s match.

Wallace State freshman Sidney Cooper attempts to keep the ball alive in the Lions’ victory over Gadsden State at Tom Drake Coliseum on Wednesday night.

Wallace State freshman Sidney Cooper attempts to keep the ball alive in the Lions’ victory over Gadsden State at Tom Drake Coliseum on Wednesday night.

 

 

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Russell Moore

Staff Writer

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