Alcorn Central took the opening division match over rival Kossuth Thursday while New Albany swept Corinth despite inspired play by the Lady Warriors in the home match
Following are summaries of high school volleyball matches played around the area Thursday.
Alcorn Central 3, Kossuth 1
Just like they had done five nights earlier in the semifinals of the Alcorn Central Tournament, the Lady Aggies took a 1-0 match lead by winning set one 25-21 behind some nice ball movement and serve returns, with a few kills at the net.
But as they normally do, the Lady Bears caught fire and won the next three sets (25-16, 25-18, 25-17) to take early control of the Region 1-3A standings while dealing Kossuth their first division loss after they had one their first two league matches.
Central received their usual well-balanced play with Mia Griffin, Cayleigh Shipman, Amelia Lancaster and Sydney Howie leading the way along with others on the AC roster.
“I told our girls before the match that Kossuth is really good and that they would show up ready to play and take it to us from the beginning,” said Lady Bear coach Eric Lancaster. “They (KHS) have some good middle hitters and they serve and return really well. Plus, their defense is solid.”
“(Kossuth) Coach (Dawnell) Haupt has them playing at a high level.”
With their latest victory No. 1 (3A) Central is 15-3 and 1-0 inside Region 1-3A while the Lady Aggies are 14-3 and 2-1. The Lady Bears will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Booneville while Kossuth will welcome defending 2A state champion Walnut the same night.
Central and Kossuth play again on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at KHS.
New Albany 3, Corinth 0
The perennial powerhouse Lady Bulldogs rolled into Corinth and left with a 3-0 sweep despite what Lady Warriors head coach Cameron Glenn called a much better effort on his teams part.
“The score may not have indicated it (21-25, 15-25, 15-25) but our effort was much better tonight,” said the coach. “I’m really proud of how we stuck in there and kept competing all night. We made a lot of changes that I think can be very beneficial for us moving forward.”
“We generated a ton of offense and I was happy to see that too.”
Lainey Briggs led Corinth with 25 digs while Spencer Kate Butler added 23 assists. Carys Goodwin reached double digits with 10 kills for the 3-8 Lady Warriors who will return to the court on Tuesday with a trip to struggling Tishomingo County, a 3-0 loser against Hickory Flat Thursday night.
Biggersville 3, Booneville 0
The Lady Lions left no doubt, winning their third straight match and improving to 4-7 with a home sweep of the Lady Blue Devils (25-12, 25-9, 25-15).
“This is the best our varsity has played overall,” said Biggersville coach Brandon Nash. “We served, passed the ball, set, and defended well all night. Ball control was definitely something we’ve struggled with so far this season but tonight we ran our system as it should be.”
Aaliyah Moody led the Lady Lions with 20 assists while Asia Stafford and Marlee McCalister reached double figures with 10 kills each. Leileigh Moody had nine digs to lead her squad in that category.
No stats were available from Booneville.
Biggersville returns to action Monday when they host TCPS. Booneville travels to East Union on Tuesday.