By Erik Harris, sports editor
With seasons on the line, seven local volleyball teams took the floor for area tournament play this week.
Two clubs advanced into the sub-regional round, as Class 6A Springville rolled on to an Area 13 championship at Oxford on Tuesday, and 5A Leeds claimed the Area 10 crown on Wednesday.
The 2-seed Tigers (24-20) worked past 3-seed Southside-Gadsden in the tournament semifinals and swept Pell City in the title match, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22. Springville now looks to sub-regional play, as Area 11 runner-up Woodlawn travels in on Friday. The winner will move on to the regional tournament in Huntsville.
Area 10 tournament host Leeds took care of 4-seed Center Point in the opener and later took three of four sets from 2-seed Parker in the championship match. The Green Wave (18-14) will host Area 16 runner-up Ardmore on Saturday in sub-regional play. The winner will move on to the regional tournament in Huntsville.
Class 7A Hewitt-Trussville saw its season come to an end at the hands of 2-seed Vestavia Hills on Wednesday in the Area 6 tournament semifinals. The Rebels advanced with a 3-0 win and later fell by the same count to tournament host Spain Park in the championship match.
Both Clay-Chalkville and Pinson Valley capped off their respective seasons at the Class 6A, Area 12 Tournament in Gardendale on Tuesday. Moody closed out its season against 2-seed Lincoln in the 5A, Area 11 tournament first round on Wednesday.