Corinth 3 Tishomingo County 1
Corinth spotted Tishomingo County the first set before rallying to claim a 3-1 win and a playoff spot versus Lafayette County next Thursday on the road.
“This may have been the best volleyball we’ve played all year,” said CHS coach Kelly Wright, “especially at the net. I don’t remember us having a game that good at the net since I’ve been here. It was ridiculous.”
The Lady Warriors recorded 42 total blocks as a team with Harlea Shaw, Saili Weeden and Kristen Herman all turning in double-digit performances.
“We played okay tonight but made too many little mistakes here and there,” said TC coach Brian Middleton. “We unraveled after going up by six late in the fourth set.”
Tishomingo County, trailing 2-1 and needing to win the fourth set to force a fifth-set tiebreaker, built a 20-14 lead in the fourth before Corinth stormed back and closed the set and the match on an 11-2 run.
The Lady Warriors wrapped up their 2017 regular season at 15-9 with a 6-2 division slate. They finish second to division newcomer New Albany who finished a perfect 8-0 and 27-1 overall.
“Our goal was to make the playoffs and we did that,” said Wright.
Kossuth 3 Belmont 0
Down 14-9 with the Belmont Lady Cardinals one point away from victory, the Kossuth Lady Aggies rallied, scoring the last seven points to take the final set 16-14 and win the rubber match. The seven unanswered points included back-to-back Faith Williamson kills to tie the match and put Kossuth ahead for good.
“It was just good volleyball,” Kossuth head coach Kelly Hopper said. “I’m proud of the girls and the fight they showed tonight.”
Kossuth trailed by as much as eight in the first set at 21-13 before closing the gap to two at 24-22 on a block by Williamson before the Lady Cardinals closed the set at 25-22.
A kill by Tyler Sue Hajek put the Lady Aggies up by eight at 13-5 and a pair of kills by Emily Essary sparked an 8-0 Kossuth run to put the Lady Aggies up 21-8 in the second. Belmont fought back to within seven at 24-17 before the Lady Aggies closed the set at 25-17.
The Lady Cardinals scored the first five of the fourth set. Kossuth tied the set at 14 before Belmont pulled away, leading by as much as six at 22-16 and 23-17 before closing the set out at 25-19.
With the win, Kossuth improves to 15-9 on the season and host Biggersville in a senior night match on Tuesday.
Check the local scores on page 8 for more boxscores and scoring information from Thursday night games.