By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
MADISON – Laurie Bishop talked with her Tupelo volleyball team all week about having “no regrets” in the postseason.
“We talked about leaving it on the floor,” she said. “We told them this is a new week. Nothing that happened before today matters.
The Lady Wave responded with a convincing 3-0 victory – 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 – onThursday against Madison Central in the MHSAA Class III postseason play-in game.
Tupelo (22-6), the defending state champ, advances to play at Region 1 rival DeSoto Central on Saturday. The best-of-five game state quarterfinals match is scheduled for 2 p.m.
DeSoto Central beat Tupelo twice in regular season by scores of 3-1 and 3-2.
Lady Wave senior Hannah Grisham, who led her team to its win against Madison Central with her solid play, is excited about one more rematch.
“We need to play as hard as we can and leave it all on the floor like we did tonight,” she said. “They have a lot of seniors. They are pretty balanced on the court.”
Grisham, finished with a team-high seven kills, 10 assists and four service aces. Her tap-in kill in the deciding third game ended a Madison Central run.
The Lady Jaguars tied the game moments earlier. Grisham was also serving on the match-clinching point.
“Our player of the game,” Bishop said. “They had no answer for her. She made big plays at the right time.”
Hannah Farmer, the Wave’s 6-foot-3 middle blocker added six kills along with teammate Crystal Coleman. Kelsey Burnis added four kills.
Farmer had three of those kills to start the second game and helped Tupelo take a 9-1 lead against Madison Central (24-7).
“Volleyball can go either way,” MC coach Katie Rowland said. “It’s who puts the ball on the floor.”