New Albany 3 Corinth 0
It wasn’t the result the Lady Warriors and head coach Kelly Wright had in mind as they took the floor for Senior Night at Warrior gym Tuesday.
They were well aware of the opponent and just how good the Lady Bulldogs are but still expected to win as four seniors took the court for their final game’s in the red and black.
New Albany swept CHS 3-0 to wrap up the division championship.
“Tonight wasn’t about any championship for us,” Wright said after the contest. “It was the fact we just never came together and do the things we do in practice everyday. We simply did not respond well.”
New Albany has lost only once this season and entered Tuesday’s match at 24-1 with an unblemished 6-0 division record. Corinth, who has won the last three division titles and are themselves a staple of Northeast Mississippi volleyball, came in at a very un-Corinth-like 14-8 with a 5-2 division slate.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the first set after Corinth won the first point, winning 25-8 to set the tone for the remainder of the night.
“We made a lot of mistakes and just folded in my opinion,” said Wright. “We’ve been that way all year. We’ll look really good one minute and really bad the next. I know a lot of it is due to the fact we have so many young players but our consistency has just been lacking this season.”
After dropping the first set by an uncharacteristic 17 points, the Lady Warriors came out strong in set two by taking a 7-2 lead. They maintained some control until the score reached 16-10 with CHS on top.
From that point on it was all New Albany as the visitors rallied with seven consecutive points to take a 17-16 lead. They finished the set on a 15-2 run to take the wind out of Corinth.
Set three was elementary as the Lady ‘Dogs jumped to an early 4-0 lead and ended when Corinth’s Allison Greene’s return found the net.
“Our four seniors have been huge for us not only this year but for the past four or five years,” Greene stated. “Kristen (Herman) is a kill-monster at the net and has been our leader. Kate (Madden Worsham) is a very passionate player and puts a lot of time in outside practice. Harley (Shaw) is a quiet kid who is really good at the net. Amanda (Dorsett) is an extremely hard worker and has been really good on the defensive side for us.”
Corinth will travel to Tishomingo County for the final regular season match for both clubs. It will serve as the Lady Braves Senior Night and the match will decide second place in the division and a playoff spot for one of them. Tishomingo County swept Ripley 3-0 last night to set up the huge showdown tomorrow at TCHS gym.
HS Softball/2nd Round Playoffs
West Lauderdale 8/6 Tishomingo County 3/1
West Lauderdale traveled three and a half hours north and sweept the Lady Braves out of the MHSAA playoffs by scores of 8-3 and 6-1.
“It wasn’t our best night,” said long-time TC coach Jerry Long. “We just didn’t hit well and each game we had an inning where we made a couple of errors and allowed them to score some easy runs. But I’m very pleased with our season. We won our division and we did it with only player in the same position as last year.”
That player was Miranda Nash behind the plate.
Tishomingo County actually led WLHS 3-0 after two innings in game one but couldn’t score again the remainedr of the contest.
The Lady Braves finish the season 22-9 and as Division 1-4A champions.
Check the local scoreboard on page 12 for more scores from Tuesday night.