Two DeSoto County teams that are getting ready for the postseason met at Hernando in a non-division match Tuesday night, with Lewisburg taking three of four sets from the Lady Tigers on Hernando’s senior night.
Set scores were 22-25, 25-14, 26-24 and 25-14 in the 3-1 victory for the Lady Patriots.
Lewisburg coach Allison Burchyett said her team used a different defensive scheme in the win that is more suited to their abilities.
“I think this is a defense that we need to really cover the floor well and the girls are buying in,” Burchyett said. “We have some very scrappy, athletic girls that we weren’t utilizing before. I think this defense will help us utilize more court awareness to cover the court a little better than we have been.”
Noa Parks again dominated the net with 20 kills while Mary Williams added 14 kills. Parks also served four aces, while Erin Sutton made 18 digs. Morgan Lee and Caroline Aldridge each made 23 assists.
For Hernando, Lauren Swan had 13 kills and Kennedi Cable added 11. Makayla Swinford had three solo blocks to lead the Lady Tigers in that category.
Hernando coach Jayme Vinson felt her team might have become distracted after the first set victory and may have lost focus later on the match.
“That’s one thing I’m always proud of and the one thing about volleyball,” Vinson said. “You can completely fall apart and be done with that set, but you have a few more to recover. We did recover the best that we could, but it just wasn’t good enough tonight. That’s a good team over there (Lewisburg), but so are we.”
The cross-town rivalry between DeSoto Central and Southaven went the Lady Jags way with a 3-0 win. Set scores were 25-12, 25-15 and 25-17.
Gracie Tacker led the way for DeSoto Central had 22 assists and four aces. Megan Harris added another three aces and 10 digs. Kennedy Schritenthal and Maya Newsome each contributed eight aces.
With the victory, DeSoto Central is now 26-5-1 and will host Center Hill on Thursday for its senior night.
Lake Cormorant traveled to Oxford and came away with a three-set sweep, 25-13, 25-15 and 25-13, while Olive Branch shut out Senatobia 3-0.
Four teams have qualified for the playoffs once the regular season is done. In Class III, Last year’s state runner up DeSoto Central hosts Northwest Rankin in the first round, while Hernando travels to Madison Central. In Class II, last year’s state runner up Lake Cormorant will host Lafayette in the first round, while Lewisburg, a state semifinalist last season, heads to Caledonia.
PATRIOTS, JAGUARS SWIM IN TUPELO: At the Tupelo Invitational swim meet Tuesday, the host Golden Wave won both team titles. The host Golden Wave boys out swam Lewisburg 193-65 with DeSoto Central third with 43 points. The Tupelo girls took their team title with 164 points with Itawamba Agricultural taking second with 59 points. Lewisburg was third with 49 points.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.