AHSAA state volleyball tournment: Montgomery Academy vows not to be overconfident in 2A finals

AHSAA state volleyball tournment: Montgomery Academy vows not to be overconfident in 2A finals

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AHSAA state volleyball tournment: Montgomery Academy vows not to be overconfident in 2A finals

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BIRMINGHAM

Jillian Tinglin was stunned and Sarah Paige Massey aghast at the notion.

Would the Montgomery Academy volleyball team, when the Eagles play Providence Christian for the Class 2A championship at 3 p.m. today, be overconfident?

MA (48-4) will face Providence Christian for the fourth time this season. MA has swept all three previous meetings.

“We know, after last year when they beat us, that we can never underestimate anyone. Ever,” Massey said. “We know they’re a good team.”

Providence Christian is the two-time defending state champion and eliminated MA from last year’s playoffs in the regional quarterfinals.

This year, MA has avenged itself in every meeting.

Today, at the Birmingham CrossPlex, would make up for all the others.

“Those three matches against Providence Christian are over,” MA coach Julie Sinclair said. “They’re over. It’s a new day.

“I hope my girls come in fired up and play the match of their lives.”

MA is in the state finals for the third time in five years, but the Eagles haven’t won a state championship since 2006.

“We’re going to play every point like it’s our last,” Tinglin said. “We have to play our game, and we’re not overconfident.”

Tinglin totaled 22 kills and had a .426 hitting percentage in MA’s two sweeps Wednesday. The Eagles beat Hatton 25-15, 25-11, 25-16 and West End-Walnut Grove 25-18, 25-9, 25-18.

Massey finished with 12 kills and Rachel Lee had 57 assists and 13 service aces.

“We do our best when we relax and when we smile, and we did that against West End,” Sinclair said, “but we need to play better.

“They know it. They need to step up their game.”

The Eagles also relaxed Tuesday night with a traditional pre-state tournament Halloween costume party.

Sinclair, who went as Lady Gaga two years ago, was Little Red Riding Hood this year. Massey and a few others were Oompa Loompas of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” fame. Tinglin went as a long-haired hippie.

The team’s parents dressed as bald eagles and serenaded the team.

“We’re a pretty level-headed team,” Tinglin said. “We’re confident in our abilities and skills.”

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