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Lady Bulldogs split two matches at Colbert Heights

A banged-up Belgreen volleyball team split its first two matches of the regular season on Tuesday, beating Colbert County and losing to Colbert Heights in a tri-match at Colbert Heights High School.

The Lady Bulldogs, ranked No. 6 in Class 1A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in the preseason, defeated Class 3A Colbert County despite playing without starting outside hitter Ansley Tate, currently sidelined by a shoulder injury. Senior Callie Barber led Belgreen with nine aces, and sophomore setter Autumn Bragwell had 15 assists, two aces and a kill. Freshman Emma Dempsey recorded six kills, and sophomore Katie Dempsey added five kills.

Junior Kaycee Wilson, a defensive specialist who was also filling in for Tate at outside hitter, sustained an ankle injury and was unable to play in the second match against Colbert Heights. Freshman Bailey Oliver and eighth-grader Kaley Chandler filled in for Wilson. Katie Dempsey and Emma Dempsey totaled 10 kills for Belgreen, but Class 3A Colbert Heights picked up the win.

The Lady Bulldogs will return to action Saturday in a tournament at Muscle Shoals. They will play at home in a varsity tri-match next Monday at 4:30 p.m.

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