The two defending state volleyball champions from DeSoto County stayed on their road to possible three-peats Tuesday, with DeSoto Central and Lewisburg advancing after first-round match victories.
DeSoto Central, which is defending its Class III state title from last year, started its road to a finals return with a 3-0 victory over Hernando Tuesday evening.
Set scores were 25-10, 25-15 and 25-18.
Alexia Woodard led the 28-5-2 Lady Jags with 10 kills while Liv Nault added another nine kills in the win. Carmen Reed had 13 digs, Zoe Storck had 19 assists while Kennedy Schritenthal added 13 assists. Mattie Meine led DeSoto Central with three aces.
With the victory, DeSoto Central will play next at Madison Central, which defeated Warren Central Tuesday in the first round, on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Southaven's attempt to join DeSoto Central in the next round ended with a 3-0 loss to Tupelo Tuesday evening. Set scores were 25-21, 25-22 and 25-16 for the Lady Wave, which will play Clinton in the next round.
Meanwhile, defending Class II state champion Lewisburg breezed by Tishomingo County in first-round play Tuesday night at Lewisburg by a score of 3-0. Set scores for the Lady Patriots were 25-11, 25-13 and 25-21.
Noa Parks led Lewisburg with 13 kills and Kelsey Glasper added 10 more. Parks also served three aces, while Carly Trimarche and Erin Sutton had 12 digs apiece. Trimarche led in assists with 25 for Lewisburg, which now travels to Caledonia for its next round match Thursday evening at 6 p.m.
The other DeSoto County team remaining for the playoffs, Lake Cormorant, valiantly rallied back from 2-0 down to force a fifth set, before falling to Corinth 3-2 Tuesday evening at Corinth.
Set scores were 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 23-25, 15-13 Corinth in the closely contested thriller throughout.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.