Photograph: Lake Cormorant’s Kirsten McGarrity battles two Regent Girl Lions over the online throughout Tuesday’s match. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County Information)
The Lake Cormorant Girl Gators volleyball group seems to be to return to the state championship this 12 months, after shedding a 5A North Half championship match in 4 video games to district rivals Oxford Lafayette. The Lake Cormorant received the state championship in 2020 with a five-set thriller in opposition to Lengthy Seashore, however refused to return to the state when the Girl Commodores took the North Half championship.
The Girl Gators, with a 5-1 file after a four-set win over Oxford Regents of their dwelling opener on Tuesday evening, are eyeing one other shot at a state title this season.
“They’ve actually excessive objectives and we’re solely taking it one recreation at a time,” coach Christina Morgan stated of her group on Tuesday evening. “I feel we have a little bit bit extra firepower this 12 months which can assist. I feel this group has a superb mindset.”
However Morgan and the Lake Cormorant additionally know that the street to the state finals has to undergo Lafayette, a group they’ll meet twice as a district rival in the course of the common season.
“We might be Lafayette once more as a result of they’re in our district, so now we have to play them extra aggressively than final 12 months,” Morgan stated.
This 12 months’s Girl Gator group options 4 seniors, led by second-team All-DeSoto County choose Lundin Wilson.
“Lundin Wilson is a senior to us and he’s the chief on the courtroom, however I’ve loads of younger gamers proper now,” Morgan stated. “They are going on the market and doing their job and so they’re simply studying these management roles.”
The three different seniors on the roster are Adjah Morgan, Natalie Luckey and Ivory Partitions.
On Tuesday evening, Regent took the opening set of the match 26–24, however Lake Cormorant received the subsequent three units, 25–22, 25–13 and 25–14. Morgan stated the online play acquired higher because the match went on.
“I instructed them, ‘We now have to be extra aggressive within the nets as a result of they don’t seem to be going to present us something,'” Morgan stated.
Field Rating: Lake Cormorant vs Regent
Different reported scores for DeSoto County on Tuesday evening included Germantown (Madison) 3-0 win over DeSoto Central, Oxford 3-0 Lewisburg and Southven 3-1 win over Senatobia.