By GENE PHELPS
TUPELO – Revenge was sweet Saturday for Tupelo’s volleyball team.
The Lady Wave completed an undefeated day with a victory against Lake Cormorant – 25-20, 25-14 – in the championship match of Tupelo’s annual Volleyfest.
The win helped Tupelo (16-1), last year’s Class III state champion, avenged its lone loss of the regular season. Lake Cormorant, last season’s Class II state champ, beat the Wave four weeks ago in the finals of a tournament in Ridgeland.
“They’re a good team,” Tupelo coach Clint Jordan said. “Every time we play, it’s a dogfight. Ever since we lost to them we knew they were coming here.”
Tupelo trailed 16-12 in the first game when Jordan called a timeout.
“I just wanted to settle the girls down,” he said. “We were wanting the moment too much.”
The Lady Wave took the lead on Chandler Coggins’ serve and never looked back.
Tupelo’s other Saturday wins were against: Ackerman (25-19, 25-17), Lafayette (25-21, 13-25, 15-8), Ridgeland (25-5, 25-2), Aberdeen (25-4, 25-12) and Oxford (25-15, 25-12).
Katherine Steinman and Harrison Campeau led Tupelo to a sweep in the THS Cross Country Invitational at Ballard Park.
Steinman covered the 4K course in 16 minutes flat to win by 20 seconds over teammate Christina Daniels in the 4A-6A competition.
Steinman, who won state as a freshman, hopes for a banner senior season.
“I’m pumped about this year,” she said. “I’m going to enjoy this season.”
Campeau covered the 5K course in 17:14 to beat Horn Lake’s Juan Villareal, who finished in 17:22.
“Harrison (Campeau) ran exceptionally well, considering he had a stomach virus this week,” Tupelo coach Nathan Hall said.
Tupelo’s girls finished first with 18 points while the Golde Wave boys won with 29.
In the 1-3A competition, Corinth’s boys and girls teams won with 63 and 36 points, respectively.
Page Rowland of Ripley won the individual girls title in 16:59 while Corinth’s Brian McDonnieal was the boys champ in 17:39.
Servati leads Wave
John Servati won two individual events and helped two winning relays in leading Tupelo to its win in the THS Invitational at City Park pool.
The Golden Wave, the defending state champion, scored 238 points to defeat five other teams including rival Oxford with 125 points.
Oxford’s Lady Chargers captured the girls title against five others with 187 points. Tupelo, also a defending state champion, was second with 166.
Servati won the 200-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke. He also joined Mihailo Nikolic, Colton Fremont and Eli Jones to win the 200 freestyle relay and swam with Rick Deaton, Fremont and Jackson Nabors on the winning 200 medley relay unit.
“We’ve got a lot of good (boys) swimmers back,” THS coach Lucas Smith said. “We had some graduate, but we had others right under them.
“Still, we’ve got a long ways to go before we can make a run.”
Lacy Russell also won four events for the Lady Wave, taking the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, along with competing on the winning 200 freestyle relay with Bailey Scott, Cris Roberts and Mackenzie Smith, and on the champion 200 medley relay unit with Scott, Roberts and Rachel Wilson.
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