Three matches highlighted the Tuesday schedule for DeSoto County schools starting off the high school volleyball season.
Lake Cormorant hosted Southaven and came away with a 3-0 victory by game scores of 25-18, 25-11 and 25-20.
Coach Christina Morgan’s Lady Gators went out to an 11-6 lead before Southaven took a timeout in the first game, a lead that became 17-11 after Lake Cormorant’s Jastiny Suggs’ slam to the floor.
Lake Cormorant held the six-point advantage to 20-14 when the Lady Chargers called another timeout, but the Lady Gators scored five of the next nine points for the game one victory.
In the second game, a service ace from Lake Cormorant’s Olivia Williams got Lake Cormorant out to a 5-3 lead, which became 13-7 when Southaven coach Robbie Veazey called a timeout.
Another service ace from Williams brought the Lady Gators to an 18-9 advantage and another kill from Suggs brought Lake Cormorant to a 20-10 lead, followed by the home team scoring five of the last six points to clinch a 25-11 game-two victory.
Southaven came out strong in the third game and posted a 5-4 lead, but Lake Cormorant rallied for a 13-10 edge before the Lady Chargers called a timeout.
A kill shot blocked out of bounds by the Southaven front line posted a 17-12 Lady Gator lead, which was later extended to 20-14 for Lake Cormorant.
However, the Lady Chargers found new life late in the match and drew within 21-18 for Lake Cormorant, causing Morgan to call a timeout.
Southaven called one more halt to the action when Lake Cormorant fashioned match point at 24-20, but the Lady Gators scored the last point for a 25-20, match-clinching game-three victory.
“Most of our production came from 12 and 13 (Lucy Acuff and Lani Turner),” said Veazey after the match. “That was pretty much our offense. We’re very young in the middle with sophomores, so it’s going to take some time. We’re hoping as the season goes on they get more confidence.”
“I think Southaven really stepped up in that third game,” added Morgan. “I thought our front line did a good job of being big and blocking balls tonight. We put a lot of pressure on the Southaven hitters tonight.”
In other action Tuesday night, Caroline Casey was Hernando’s top player in the Lady Tigers’ 3-0 season-starting victory over Senatobia in Hernando. Scores of the match were 25-10, 25-13 and 25-10.
Casey scored nine kills, two service aces and five digs for the Lady Tigers.
New Albany shut out Olive Branch in the other reported match of the night by a 3-0 result. Scores of that match played in Olive Branch were 25-23, 25-19 and 25-13.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.