Both schools won their respective matches Tuesday night on their home floors.
Alcorn Central 3 Pontotoc 0
The Lady Bears learned prior to game time that head coach Eric Lancaster would be hospitalized overnight with what was believed to be kidney stones.
When they stepped on the court at Golden Bear gym Tuesday afternoon they were all business from the beginning as they dominated the visiting Lady Warriors in straight sets by scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-19.
Pontotoc has an established program and AC assistant coach Hailee Bell knew they would be a challenge for Central. But after some nip-and-tuck action in the early stages of each game, the Lady Bears pulled away down the stretch on each occasion to complete the sweep.
“They (Pontotoc) are in 4A and we’re 3A so we knew they would be good,” said Bell. “Our girls were playing especially for coach Lancaster tonight and they certainly didn’t wanna let him down.”
“I’ve seen us play better and I’ve seen us play worse but I thought overall each girl did their job and did it well.”
Central ran away in game one with very little challenge from the Lady Warriors to claim a 12-point win to gain the early advantage.
For the most part the Lady Bears were crisp with their serves and sets and threw in a few impressive kills. Pontotoc played Central close in the second set before the purple and gold turned a 5-3 lead into an 18-10 advantage more than midway thru the set and eventually won by nine.
The third set was a bit closer at the end but after all was said and done it was a clean sweep for Central as they move to 3-0 for the season ahead of their huge showdown match at Corinth this Thursday.
Several Lady Bears put their names in the stats book. Olivia Wilson recorded five kills along with an assist and an ace while Mallory Wigginton turned in two assists with a kill and an ace.
Brianna Barnes was solid as well with four kills, three blocks and five aces while Mary Fran Robbins chalked up six kills, four aces and a block. Lauren Young led the way in assists with 10 to go along with a kill and Madison Cornelius recored seven assists and a kill.
Rounding out the superlatives Julianna Potts had a pair of aces and a kill while Kaylee Wigginton and Madison Burnett each had two kills.
Biggersville 3 Baldwyn 1
Coach Blake Hendrix had been telling his Lady Lions that they would remember forever if they won the first-ever match at Biggersville.
And they didn’t disappoint.
Biggersville, playing their inaugural match at home, topped Baldwyn 3-1 with game scores of 25-22, 25-15, 22-25 and 25-14 to give the Lady Lions new program the kind of start they had been hoping for.
“I feel really good with the effort of each girl on the team tonight,” Hendricks said. “Everyone did what they had to do and as far as what I anticipated our weaknesses would be the girls stepped up and played well and those weaknesses didn’t show as much.”
No further scoring information was available but Biggersville will return the match by visiting Baldwyn this Thursday beginning at 5:30.