Week two of the volleyball regular season schedule is in the books with two Alcorn County schools still unbeaten while others are struggling to find their footing.
Thursday night saw Alcorn Central and Corinth face off for the first of at least three meetings this season (the teams will play at least once in next Saturday’s Alcorn Central Tournament, formerly the Crossroads Classic) while Kossuth hosted Class 4A Ripley.
Following are summaries of those and other matches played in the Daily Corinthian coverage area on Thursday.
Lady Bears dominate Lady Warriors in sweep
It appeared from the beginning that Corinth had learned some lessons from Tuesday’s home loss to Pontotoc, taking an early 2-0 lead on Alcorn Central at ACHS.
But just like that the Lady Bears responded without missing a beat, taking 12 of the next 13 points to assume control of the first set at 12-3. From that point it was the home teams night.
“When we force the issue, serve well and play the net well, we are extremely difficult to beat,” said AC head coach Eric Lancaster. “And our girls just do not let bad plays effect them. Just like when they (Corinth) started out winning the first two points of the first game, we went on a couple of big runs to win going away.”
Final set scores were 26-7, 25-13 and 25-6. Despite the one-sided game scores CHS coach Cameron Glenn said that he actually saw some improvements in areas that were not there against the Lady Warriors on Tuesday.
“We were bad Tuesday in our serve return,” he said. “But tonight we improved in that area. And Central is probably the best team we will play this year so if we can keep improving in that phase, as well as improve in the other areas where we are still struggling to a degree, we will be fine down the road.”
“We are a work in progress with a lot of new girls starting and playing meaningful minutes for the first time in the high school careers.”
Amelia Lancaster led Central (8-0), posting double figures in assists with 20 and digs with 10. She also paced her team in aces with six.
No stats were available from Corinth (1-2).
The Lady Bears next match will be Tuesday at Tishomingo County while the Lady Warriors will host Kossuth on Tuesday.
Kossuth defeats Ripley in straight sets
The Lady Aggies are keeping pace with Central as the top two teams in the DC coverage area to this point, as they swept Ripley at home Thursday to improve to 7-0.
Coach Emma Haupt has her squad clicking on all cylinders, having accumulated wins over usual 4A powers New Albany, Pontotoc and now the 4A Lady Tigers.
Bailey Wilbanks had 10 kills, five aces and five blocks to lead the Lady Aggies in their latest victory. It is the best start in program history.
Emma Arthur registered nine assists followed closely by Macaydn Holly with eight.
Walnut handles business against IngomarThe Lady Wildcats moved to 5-1 with a straight set victory over Ingomar at WHS.
“I’m very proud we got the opportunity to play tonight,” said coach Kelley Hopper, whose squad is the defending 2A state champions. “Ingomar is a good team and we knew they would bring toughness and good competitiveness to the table. I was pleased to see some of the specific things we are working on we executed better in those areas. But we still have plenty to work on yet.”
Walnut won by set scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-19, led by Belle Martindale with nine assists, two blocks, an ace and a dig. Elyse Story led the Lady ‘Cats with six kills, Laura Leigh Hughes was high blocker with five and Cadence Rolison register five digs to lead her team in that category.
Walnut will travel to Tishomingo County on Thursday.
In other action from around the area Biggersville remains in their recent slump as they fell 3-0 at East Union while Belmont visited Tishomingo County and won 3-1.