In a contest between rivals, it really was no contest.
Gardendale toyed with host Mortimer Jordan in the first game, then slammed them in the second and third for a 25-18, 25-10, 25-8 sweep in Tuesday evening’s match.
It was middle blocker Haley Hardman leading the way. The 5-foot-10 senior grew stronger as the match progressed, racking up 19 kills for the day — nine of them in the last game. She went 19-for-28 (.678), with just one error, her best effort of the season.
Gardendale (6-3) was firing on all cylinders, with all aspects of its game working, particularly passing.
“It all starts with the pass,” Rockets coach Lauralee Bishop said. “When we can get our passes to Brooklyn [McKinney], she can set the ball to anybody. Haley needs that set in order to kill the ball. That’s what we’ve been working on in practice every day.”
McKinney, the setter, had 20 assists and three errors. Libero Haley Horn had five aces for Gardendale.
Devils libero Nikki Chafin had 13 digs.
Brooklane Baptist sweeps Tabernacle: The Torches (3-2) had issues with serves, serve reception and passing as they lost 25-23, 25-21, 25-23 to the Eagles (9-3) on Thursday in ACEAA play.
Elizabeth Osborne had four kills plus a block, and Susanna Tucker served eight aces.
Gardendale sweeps Hewitt: The Rockets got 16 kills, six blocks and three aces from Haley Hardman as they won 26-24, 25-13, 25-20 on the road Thursday.
Corner splits tri-match: The Yellow Jackets beat Fultondale for the third time of the season, 25-9, 25-12. They then fell to Meek 25-19, 25-21, despite Amy Jaggers’ five aces.