Alcorn Central and Corinth were both participants in the ‘Set It Off’ Classic volleyball tournament in Jackson on Friday and Saturday but a potential quick second matchup between the two local squads fell one match short.
The Lady Bears, after winning their two Friday matches, advanced to the tournament finals before losing their first match of the season. The Lady Warriors also won a pair of matches on Friday before losing in the semi’s on Saturday to the eventual tournament champion.
Here’s how the action went down.
Central began their day Saturday by rallying to defeat Cleveland Central 2-1 with game scores of 19-25, 25-14 and 15-9. They followed that with a 2-0 sweep of Warren Central by scores of 25-19 and 25-18. Their win over the Lady Vikings allowed AC to punch their ticket to the tournament championship match where they awaited the winner of Corinth/Caledonia.
The Lady Warriors breezed through their first match Saturday by disposing of Grace Christian in straight sets (25-13, 25-15). But CHS ran into a powerful Lady Confederate team and were swept 2-0 by scores of 14-25 and 19-25.
Alcorn Central was watching as Corinth and Caledonia played anticipating a possible turnaround match. The two squads just battled each other at Warrior gym Thursday night with the Lady Bears winning 3-2. But the rematch wasn’t in the cards in Jackson.
In the title match the Lady Confederates took care of AC 2-0 (21-25, 19-25), handing coach Eric Lancaster’s team their first loss of the season after an 8-0 start.
Central had swept Caledonia 2-0 in a tight match late Friday night that didn’t end until 10:30 pm.
“As far as I’m concerned I thought our girls played their hearts out and gave it everything they had down here,” Lancaster said. “When we got down they never dropped their heads. They fought hard and played together. Nobody likes to lose and I’m disappointed we lost but I’m very proud of the way we played and left it all on the floor.”
Corinth head coach Kelly Wright said “We played pretty well. Caledonia has a solid and experienced team and that experience won out today.”
“Our young team is coming together and learning. I was proud of the effort this weekend and making it to the semi’s is nothing to hang our heads about,” said Wright. “We look forward to playing Pontotoc next week and we accept the challenge.”
We’ll have complete stats for both Corinth and Alcorn Central in Tuesday’s paper.
Corinth and Booneville both began their 2017 slow-pitch softball season’s by playing in the East Union Classic on Saturday with completely opposite results.
The Lady Warriors started a perfect 2-0 with wins over North and South Pontotoc. Coach Maggie Vonderstein’s club took care of South Pontotoc first winning 6-1 before shutting out North Pontotoc 5-0 in game two.
The Lady Blue Devils didn’t fare as they were swept in two extremely tight games by Pine Grove (7-5) and the host Lady Urchins (5-4).
Tishomingo County hosted New Site and Mantachie in their own tournament at TCHS Field and won their first two games of the season.
The Lady Braves began the day with a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Lady Royals before being forced to rally once more to narrowly top Mantachie 6-5.
“I was proud of the way we battled back in both games,” said TC head coach Jerry Long. “We dug ourselves a couple of holes but we hung in there and did what we had to do to come back and win.”
Kossuth traveled to the Saltillo Tournament and handed the host team a 5-4 loss. With the game tied at 4-all heading into the ninth, Lexi Fiveash beat out an infield hit and drove in pinch-runner Emily Bradley - who was running for Arlie Ozbirn- for the game-winning run in the top of the ninth. Avery Mullins held the Lady Tigers scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win.
Check the local schedule on the main sports page daily for games and locations as the sports calendar kicks into full-overdrive this week with high school football gets underway with a full slate of games.