GLEN — After another week of action-packed volleyball matches around the Daily Corinthian coverage area, including Saturday’s Alcorn Central Tournament, the selection process for this week’s Player of the Week was another tough one to make.
But, alas, the choice has been made.
Alcorn Central junior libero Sydney Howie is the latest honoree as DC Player of the Week, producing all-around numbers that were hard to argue with.
During a week in which the Lady Bears went 6-2, both coming to teams that should contend for state titles in their respective classifications in Oxford and Belmont, Howie stood out.
Despite being the smallest player on the court most nights, the Central standout plays like the biggest and exhibits a fiery, competitive spirit that keeps her teammates motivated even when they fall behind.
Howie’s stats for the week just ended were: 85 digs, 9 kills, and 6 aces, with a serve percentage of 95 percent.
“I just enjoy playing so much and I play with a lot of really good players so I’m really blessed,” said Howie.
Asked where she gets her fiery, competitive, and positive nature she said, “I was playing club ball with a team full of superstars and the coach told me I wasn’t playing at full speed every play. Because of that, I realized I needed to go full out every time and I just encourage my teammates to do the same. We work really well together.”
Central head coach Eric Lancaster knows he has a natural leader on the court in Howie and has a special nickname for the do-it-all five-feet tall athlete.
“I call her spark-plug,” said the ninth-year AC coach. “Sydney is the consummate team player who does whatever it takes to win. She is such a joy to watch and you can tell by watching her play she has a true love for the game of volleyball.”
Other local players nominated for Player of the Week for the previous week were:
n Cayleigh Shipman, Alcorn Central; 55 kills, 14 aces, 32 digs.
n Amelia Lancaster, Alcorn Central; 113 assists (despite missing two matches), 29 digs, 6 aces.
n Allie Kirkland, Alcorn Central; 39 kills, 16 blocks.
n Mia Griffin, Alcorn Central; 31 kills, 48 digs (despite missing two matches in the Alcorn Central Tournament.
n Hannah Seago, Biggersville; 8 aces, 6 kills, 2 assists, 2 digs, 1 block as the Lady Lions played only once.
n Maddi Kate Vuncannon, Walnut; 38 kills, 10 blocks, 2 digs, 1 ace.
n Madison Weeks, Walnut; 65 assists, 6 kills, 4 digs, 2 blocks.
n Elyse Story, Walnut; 24 kills, 3 blocks, 3 aces.
n Laura Leigh Hughes, Walnut; 20 kills, 12 blocks, 10 aces, 2 assists.
No nominations were received this week for Corinth, Kossuth, Tishomingo County, Booneville or McNairy Central.