Chambers Academy volleyball defeats Hooper 3-1 in home-opener

Published 9:24 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2019

LaFAYETTE — The Chambers Academy volleyball team defeated Hooper 3-1 on Tuesday night to earn its first home win of the season. 

The Rebels (3-1) defeated the visitors 25-13, 20-25, 25-13, 25-18.

“They played as a team,” Chambers Academy head volleyball coach Randy Bonds said. “We had a little bit of a hiccup in Game 2, but any time this team plays together, gets some good passes and hits, it usually comes together and this team comes out on top, which happened this time. I’m proud of them, they served well and played well all-around.”

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This is Bonds’ first season in the role at Chambers after former head coach Jaylan Reynolds accepted a new position in Montgomery a few months ago.

Sophomore outside hitter Bailey Allen led the way for the Rebels with 15 kills and two blocks on Tuesday night.

“It felt good being in our home atmosphere, playing where we always practice, having all of our parents here and having our guys support us,” Allen said. “It felt good to get our first home win today.” 

Last season, Chambers Academy advanced to the state semifinals with a corps that was led by mostly-underclassmen. A year older now, the team looks to continue pushing the program’s expectations.

“We want to get better than what we were last year,” Allen said. “We expect to get back to the Final Four and even win the state championship this year. We’re pushing hard this year to get even better.”

Junior middle blocker Britten Stephens finished with six kills and one block. Claire Allen finished with six aces. Kayla Chambers, Chloe Mitcham, Natalie Lovelace, Audra Slay,  Lindsey Fuller, Megan Ware and Alyssa Sorrels also contributed to the victory.

Moving forward, Bonds said that he’d like to see the team become more consistently accurate on serves.

Bailey Allen said that she wants to continue building this season’s team on-court chemistry.

“We can improve on working together,” Bailey Allen said. “Talking together, meshing together. We have to do better working together as a team.” 

The Rebels are scheduled to return to action on Thursday at Restoration Academy in Fairfield.