October 11, 2022: Ocean Springs Anna Hoffmayer (21) jumps to make a return during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports
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228 Sports: 9 coast teams chasing state volleyball titles

(All photos courtesy of Bobby McDuffie)

19 teams out of 24 total schools in the “Southern six” qualified for the state prep volleyball playoffs this season in the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

And today, after the first two rounds of play, nine squads in five different classifications remain in the hunt for a state championship after winning their respective matches Tuesday night.

In Class 6A, Ocean Springs and Gulfport remain alive after the Lady Greyhounds swept visiting Biloxi 25-16, 25-18, and 25-15 while Gulfport did the same at home to Brandon 33-31, 25-15, and 25-19.

October 11, 2022: Ocean Springs Peyton Hoffmayer (10) during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

In Class 5A, East Central swept away South Jones 25-9, 25-15, and 25-10 and Vancleave beat West Jones 3 sets to 1. Also, Long Beach swept visiting George County while West Harrison did the same to Vicksburg.

October 11, 2022: Ocean Springs Mary Carlton Descher (9) during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

And in Class 4A, Pass Christian beat Northeast Jones 3 sets to 1.

In Class 3A, OLA swept Clarkdale 3-0.

October 11, 2022: Ocean Springs Lilly Rutland (5) returns the ball during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

And in Class 1A, home-standing Resurrection overwhelmed Ethel 25-9, 25-12, and 25-4.

October 11, 2022: Ocean Springs Lilly Rutland (5) returns a volley during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

Those results set up Thursday’s South State and North State semifinal round, and these are the matchups:

(Note: Top two matches are South State and the bottom two are North State in each classification.)

October 11, 2022: during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

CLASS 6A

Brandon at Ocean Springs

Northwest Rankin at Gulfport

Madison Central at Oxford

Hernando at Germantown

October 11, 2022: Ocean Springs Samantha Ruscio (20) serves during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

CLASS 5A

Vancleave at Long Beach

West Harrison at East Central

Neshoba Central at Lake Cormorant

Lafayette at New Hope

October 11, 2022: Ocean Springs Carmela Coulter (13) gets airborne to return a volley during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

CLASS 4A

West Lauderdale at Purvis

Newton County at Pass Christian

Pontotoc at New Albany

Tishomingo County at Caledonia

October 11, 2022: BiloxiÕs Adelyn Fontenelle (19) returns the ball during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

CLASS 3A

Union at St. Andrew’s

Enterprise-Clarke at OLA

Hatley at Alcorn Central

Mantachie at Kossuth

October 11, 2022: BiloxiÕs Kendyl White (8) during a first round MHSAA Playoff volleyball game between Biloxi and Ocean Springs at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Photo: Bobby McDuffie/228 Sports

CLASS 2A

Stringer at East Marion

Puckett at Sacred Heart

Choctaw County at Belmont

East Union at Walnut

CLASS 1A

Noxapater at Taylorsville

Sebastopol at Resurrection

Falkner at Ingomar

Biggersville at Hickory Flat

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Written by Curtis Rockwell

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