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Four prep volleyball teams vie for state titles

Photo by Kerry Bass / 228 Sports
Four volleyball teams in the “Southern Six” will be vying for state championship this week in Starkville.

Resurrection, Our Lady Academy (OLA), Pass Christian, and Long Beach all will be looking to bring state titles home to South Mississippi as all six classifications converge at The Newell-Grissom Building on the campus of Mississippi State University beginning Thursday morning.

The complete schedule is:

Thursday October 20, 2022

Class 4A Pass Christian Vs. Caledonia, 3:00 pm

Class 5A Long Beach Vs. Lake Cormorant, start time 30 minutes after game 1

Class 6A Brandon Vs. Germantown, start time 30 minutes after game 2

Friday October 21, 2022

Class 1A Resurrection Vs. Ingomar, 11:00 am

Class 2A Sacred Heart Vs. Belmont, start time 30 minutes after game 1

Class 3A OLA Vs. Alcorn Central, start time 30 minutes after game 2

*North Team Home/South Team Visitor

*$12 admission digital tickets
Photo by Kerry Bass / 228 Sports

In Class 1A, Resurrection, one of the smallest high schools in the Mississippi High School Activities Association, returns to the championship round for the third consecutive season. The Lady Eagles, under the guidance of head coach Keith Tucker and assistant coach Scott Sisson, won the title over Hickory Flat two years ago but then fell to that same HFHS squad last year in a close match.

But this season, RCS finds itself facing a new opponent for the crown in Ingomar, which knocked off Hickory Flat 3 games to 1 Monday night.

Resurrection, meanwhile, won its third straight Class 1A South State championship by sweeping visiting Noxapater 25-19, 25-8, 25-11 and moving to 21-7 overall on the season.

Sophie Sisson paved the way for RCS, as she recorded 11 kills and 8 service aces. Ella Roth contributed 7 kills and Eliza Boland added three aces, while Haley Callahan chipped in a game-high 19 assists. Taylor Griffin and McKinley Sims had a pair of blocks apiece, and Amelia Kate Frederic registered five digs.

Sisson, Callahan and Caroline Nelson comprise the trio of Seniors on this RCS squad that have been to three straight state championships. Frederic, just a junior, joins Sisson and Callahan as the only three year starters.

In Class 3A, OLA advanced to the state finals with 3-0 sweep of visiting St. Andrews Episcopal 25-19, 25-23 and 26-24 to win the South State title. Ava Alonso had three aces in the win, while Myah Favre and Annalaura Williford each registered 18 kills apiece. Avery Matheson recorded 27 assists, while Casey Hanrahan added 12 digs.
OLA is 28-9 on the season.

In Class 4A, Pass Christian swept Purvis in straight sets, 25-10, 25-11, 25-19. The Lady Pirates sit at 18-13 on the season entering the state championship.

In Class 5A, a pair of Coast teams faced off in the South State championship as Long Beach knocked off East Central in five sets.Morgan Mears had 14 kills for ECHS, while Breauna Cumbest added 11 kills as well. 
Long Beach, the Region 7-5A champ, ran through a trio of Region 8-5A teams in the playoffs knocking off George County, defending Class 5A state champ Vancleave and then East Central in consecutive rounds.
George County, under head coach Tyler Denmark, earned its first-ever playoff win in program history beating Terry in the first round of play.
In the Class 6A South State finals, defending state champion Brandon swept Gulfport 3-0 to advance to Starkville. Brandon is an impressive 43-7 on the season.


Written by omshome


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