By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Hannah Farmer’s a card carrier. So are her Tupelo teammates.
Lady Wave assistant volleyball coach Braden Bishop printed business cards and gave them to the THS players to remind them of their last trip to DeSoto County.
The card reads:
Thursday – Sept. 15, 2011. Southaven swept No. 25 Tupelo 25-17, 25-22, 25-18.
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 will be different.
What will you do for your team?
“We have these cards,” said a smiling Farmer, a 6-foot-3 junior middle blocker. “Our minds have been on Tuesday.”
Tupelo (29-1), which defeated Northwest Rankin 3-0 on Saturday in the first round of the MHSAA Class III state playoffs, earned a rematch against Southaven (28-9-2) in the state semifinals.
The best-of-5 session is scheduled for 6 p.m. today in Southaven, the site of the Wave’s lone loss.
“Southaven was determined to beat us,” Farmer said, recalling the defeat. “Definitely our passing wasn’t on. Nobody was moving. Nobody was talking. We needed to work more as a team.”
For the record, Tupelo defeated Southaven 3-1 earlier this season at home.
Tupelo first-year head coach Laurie Bishop admitted her players have been looking ahead to a possible rematch against the Lady Chargers.
“We finally watched the game film from that match,” she said. “There are a lot of things we could have done differently, things that could have affected the outcome.
“We’re going into this match with a totally different mindset. These players have the will to set it right.”
Bishop was disappointed in her team’s poor service-receive game in the loss.
“Our serving could have been better,” she noted. “It all starts with the pass. The set wasn’t there.
“It wasn’t an issue for us before that match and it hasn’t been since. It just broke down that night.”
Farmer and her teammates don’t need a card to remind them of their painful September loss.
“We’ll be ready,” she said.