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Kossuth’s Bailey Wilbanks (12) rises above the net for a kill attempt during the Lady Aggies 3-0 sweep of Booneville at KHS Tuesday. Coach Dawnell Haupt’s team is now 14-3 overall, 2-0 in Region 1-3A and will travel to face No. 1 (3A) Alcorn Central Thursday.

Kossuth bounced back from their first losses of the year in Saturday’s Alcorn Central Tournament with an impressive 3-0 home sweep of Booneville on Tuesday while the Lady Bears split a pair of matches against Belmont and Ripley in a tri-match at ACHS.

The following are summaries of those matches, along with others played in the Daily Corinthian coverage area Tuesday evening.

Kossuth dominates Booneville in 3-0 sweepThe Lady Aggies ranked No. 6 in the state in Class 3A this week, rebounded mightily from dropping a pair of matches – their first losses of the season – in last weekend’s Alcorn Central Tournament by holding the Lady Blue Devils under 10 points in each set for a Region 1-3A home sweep.

The final games scores were 25-7, 25-8 and 25-9.

“We are definitely getting better with each match,” said KHS head coach Dawnell Haupt. “I can see the girls improving and doing the little things better each week and that’s a good thing. But we still have plenty of runway for improvement and I expect we will.”

Bailey Wilbanks led Kossuth with 12 kills and six aces while Emma Arthur led the way in assists with 11.

The Lady Aggies, now 14-2 overall and 2-0 in Region 1-3A, will be at Alcorn Central, the No. 1 ranked 3A team in Mississippi this week, for a colossal division match on Thursday.

Alcorn Central splits in tri-match with Ripley, BelmontThe Lady Bears entertained two long-time friendly foes to Glen for a tri-match, where the matches were best two-of-three instead of the usual best-three-of-five.

In the opener, the Lady Cardinals, the 2020 Region 1-3A champion who will now be a contender in Class 2A for the next two years, swept Central 2-0 for the second time in three days. Belmont, the No. 3 (2A) team in the state, defeated AC 2-0 (13-25, 23-25) Saturday in the championship match of the Alcorn Central Tournament.

This time, star senior Mia Griffin was back, having missed the first matchup with a knee issue. But the Lady ‘Cards still handled their worthy opponent, even with her in the lineup.

“They (BHS) just came fired up and ready to play,” said Central coach Eric Lancaster. “We didn’t match their intensity and they just didn’t make many mistakes. They are a solid team.”

Griffin recorded nine digs and four kills in the loss while Amelia Lancaster had 14 assists.

Things went much better for the Lady Bears against the Lady Tigers as they swept their Tippah County foes 2-0 (25-14, 25-15). Cayleigh Shipman registered 10 kills against Ripley while Lancaster had 24 assists to lead the way.

Central, now 15-3 overall, will host Kossuth Thursday in their division opener.

Biggersville wins second straight, gets by MyrtleThe Lady Lions have, at least for the moment, put a stop to the recent drought they found themselves in with a 3-2 win at Myrtle Tuesday in a Region 1-1A match (25-22, 18-25, 17-25, 25-23, 18-16).

Aaliya Moody led the way for BHS with what is believed to be a career-high 35 assists. She also added two kills, two digs and 2 aces. Goldee Butler and Asia Stafford both recorded double-digit kills with 14 and 12 respectively while Taylor Mitchell reached double digits with 12 digs.

“It was probably the best we have played as a team because we never gave up,” said Biggersville head coach Brandon Nash offering his thoughts on the match, “which has been an issue for us this year. It feels like this team is finally gelling but our play is still too inconsistent. We are making too many simple errors. But I’m proud of the way they fought and supported each other through all five sets.”

The Lady Lions are off until next Tuesday when they travel to West Union.

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