Thursday in high school volleyball, Lake Cormorant defeated Hernando 3-0 in a school-day match played before a jam-packed Theron Long Gymnasium student body crowd in Hernando. Set scores for the Lady Gators were 25-20, 25-12, 25-23.
“We played some of our best volleyball so far this year today,” said Lake Cormorant coach Christina Morgan. “I think they used the momentum of the crowd in their favor. It let them get pumped up instead of making them nervous.”
For the match, Jastiny Suggs led Lake Cormorant with nine kills, Taylor Smith was credited with 13 digs, Madison Stevens had 25 assists and served five aces.
Hernando was paced by Kaitlyn Doyle with 12 kills, Lauren Swan served two aces and Caroline Casey was credited with five digs. Lexi Graves made 12 assists.
“Kaitlyn Doyle is a major part of our offense,” Hernando coach Jayme Vinson said after the match. “She sometimes doesn’t get as many sets and swings as we would like for her to have, being one of our better hitters. I told them I was proud of them for never giving up in the third game, but we’re a lot better team than we showed today.”
More DeSoto County schools are using school-day games to showcase the volleyball talent in the county and also as fundraisers, such as Thursday morning’s contest.
“Our student section was fired up and they actually got into the game,” said Vinson. “Our students buy tickets and the money goes to our volleyball fund. It helps us pay for gas mileage, referees and such.”
Hernando gets a chance for revenge in another school-day contest, starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 26 at Lake Cormorant.
Elsewhere, Lewisburg shut out Olive Branch 3-0 with set scores of 25-11, 25-7 and 26-24.
Noa Parks led Lewisburg with seven kills and Madison Zeman added six more kills. Mary Ann McMath served six aces for the Lady Patriots, Parks and Erin Sutton were credited with nine digs each and Caroline Aldridge added 11 assists.
Northpoint Christian defeated Memphis Catholic 3-0 with set scores of 25-7, 25-12 and 25-4.
In a match played Wednesday, DeSoto Central continued its successful run, improving its record to 21-1 with a 3-1 victory at Bartlett, Tenn. Set scores were 18-25, 25-19, 25-19 and 25-17.
The front-line trio of Kennedy Schritenthal (14 kills), Riley Storck (11 kills) and Kendall Thomas (11 kills) put up a wall against the Panthers, while Mattie Meine dominated the back line with 26 digs. Zoe Storck picked up 19 assists.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.