Marshall County champions

The Boaz Middle School seventh-grade volleyball team won the Marshall County Middle School Tournament championship. Team members are, front row, from left, Sophie Cortez, Alivia Carroll, Addison Hardin, Tela Lunsford and Maggie Sumners; back row, from left, head coach Ashlee Pinyan, Maddi Dingler, Lola Medina, Hannah Walls, Kenedi Price, Chloe Nixon, Lily Pointer, Taylor Gardner and Maggie Patterson.

The Boaz Middle School seventh-grade volleyball team completed its season Oct. 5 by winning the Marshall County Middle School Tournament at Supreme Courts in Guntersville.

The Lady Pirates defeated DAR 2-1 in the first round and beat Arab 2-0 in the finals of the winners bracket.

Boaz met Arab again in the tournament finals and lost the first match 2-1. The Lady Pirates played Arab again because both teams had one loss. Boaz won the if-necessary match 2-0 to claim the championship.

“Our team played really well,” Boaz head coach Ashlee Pinyan said. “Having to beat Arab twice to win the tournament was not an easy task.

“We had beaten each other once during the season. They are a tough team and they don’t give up, but our girls really wanted to end the year by winning the county title. They had talked about it all season.

“They made some great plays when it counted, and they served really well during the entire tournament. Our serves have definitely been a strength for us this season, and the girls had some big ones when we really needed them.”

The Lady Pirates finished the season with a 24-6 record. They won three tournaments — the Blue Devil Invitational, the Albertville Invitational and the county tournament.

“I am so proud of our team,” Pinyan said. “Being seventh-graders, this was the first experience these girls have had playing for Boaz City Schools, and they represented our school system well.

“When we started this summer, we didn’t have a lot of volleyball experience, but we had big goals for the season. Our biggest one was to win the Marshall County Tournament. They came in every single day to practice and worked extremely hard to reach that goal.

“I think they have improved more than any team I have ever coached. Their many accomplishments this year are because of the work they put in and the positive attitudes they had all year long.

“It was a joy to be their coach.”

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