Lady Eagles fight hard, but fall at state
The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles were eliminated from the 2015 AHSAA Class 1A state volleyball tournament after falling to Decatur Heritage 3-0 Wednesday in Birmingham.
Decatur went on top first in the opening game after netting the first two points.
Pleasant Home tied the game up following a block from River Baldwin and an ace from Ashley Waldhour.
Scoring went back-and-forth and Sissy Martin gave Pleasant Home a 6-4 advantage with an ace.
A few points later, Johnnie Forehand picked up an ace to put Pleasant Home on top 9-6.
Decatur fought back with six straight points to take a 12-9 lead.
Nice plays from Anna Bulger and Baldwin trimmed the lead down to 12-11 for Pleasant Home.
Two blocks and a kill from Baldwin put Pleasant Home up 14-13. Pleasant Home then extended the lead to 17-15 with two more points from Baldwin.
After that, both teams traded points until Decatur was able to get consecutive points to defeat Pleasant Home 29-27 in game one.
Game two was another close game, but near the halfway point Decatur held an 11-7 advantage.
Pleasant Home worked the score to 15-13 a few points later and a block from Cassidy Godwin left Pleasant Home trailing 18-15.
Forehand picked up a kill, but Pleasant Home was still behind 20-16.
Pleasant Home began to battle back behind a kill from Godwin and an ace from Forehand.
Baldwin picked up two more kills in the second game, but Pleasant Home fell 25-22 and trailed 2-0.
Needing a win to avoid elimination, Pleasant Home came out on fire in the third match and tied the game 2-2 off a tip from Samantha Stamnes.
A strong serve from Sissy Martin gave Pleasant Home a 4-3 lead, and then Martin picked up an ace for a 5-3 lead.
After a kill from Godwin and another ace from Martin, Pleasant Home went on top 8-3.
Decatur added a couple of points to make the score 10-5 before a kill from Godwin put Pleasant Home back up 11-5
Pleasant Home increased their lead to 13-5 before Decatur added another point.
Bulger got a point on a tip that put Pleasant Home up 14-8.
Pleasant Home increased their lead to seven points following tip from Baldwin.
Pleasant Home then took a 21-12 lead before Decatur began to rally.
Decatur tied the score 21-21 and then took a 22-21 lead.
Pleasant Home responded with two straight points to take back the lead, 23-22.
That was all Pleasant Home would be able to get, as Decatur picked up the next three points to defeat Pleasant Home 25-23.
“There was probably no one here that thought we had a chance to win except for us,” Pleasant Home head coach Jerry Davis said. “The South region in 1A just doesn’t get very much respect, but it is what it is. We played them close and we had a lot of opportunities it just didn’t happen. We played good, but not outstanding. It is a different atmosphere and it takes a little longer to get into it, but I can’t say enough good things about this team. This has been an unbelievable senior class. They have accomplished some things that I would have never imagined they would. It was a great year, and we will see where we go from here.”