By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Caroline Brown was in the stands two weeks ago when Southaven handed Tupelo its lone loss of the season.
“Tupelo played sloppy,” said Brown, a senior setter for DeSoto Central. “Tonight, they played as a team.”
Tupelo took a 25-14 win Tuesday in the first game of its Class III, Division 1 volleyball match against DeSoto Central and eventually rolled a 3-0 victory to clinch the regular-season division title and a first-round home berth in the postseason.
The Lady Wave, 26-1 overall, improved to 8-1 in division play.
“That was such a sweet win for us after Southaven,” said Tupelo first-year coach Laurie Bishop said, whose club won 25-21 and 25-13 in Tuesday’s second and third games. “The girls came together.”
DeSoto Central, which defeated Southaven last week, saw its record fall to 18-8 overall and to 5-3 in the division. The win was Tupelo’s third of the season against the Lady Jaguars.
Bishop said she considered DeSoto Central to be one of the better defensive teams her club has played.
“They are very strong defensive team,” she said. “I view us as more of an offensive team. Midway throught the third game tonight I told them we were the stronger defensive team.
“I’m proud of the way they came out and took hold of the match. We slipped a little in the second game, but we were able to rally.”
Farmers set pace
Kills by 6-foot-3 Hannah Farmer, Sarah Farmer and Camille Walker paced Tupelo in the first game. Hannah Farmer led the Wave with 15 kills in the match. Sarah Farmer added 9 kills and 15 assists while Walker had 8 kills.
Brena Medcalf paced the winners with 23 assists.
Tupelo trailed 14-10 in the second game, but rallied behind kills and blocks by Hannah Farmer.
Sarah Farmer recorded three straight kills in the third game and Walker aced a serve to help the Wave build a 20-8 lead.
“Overall, we played with a quicker tempo,” Sarah Farmer said. “Our passes were much better. This feels great.”