By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo first-year coach Laurie Bishop had mixed feelings Tuesday after her Lady Wave’s home-opening volleyball victories against Lafayette and Caledonia.
THS, which won a season-opening tournament last Friday and Saturday at Madison St. Joseph, upped its record to 7-0 with a pair of 3-0 wins against the visitors.
“We’ve been on such a high after winning the tournament over the weekend,” Bishop said. “I thought we had some lapses where we lost a series of points. We’ve got to work on staying in control of a match.”
Moments later, she added, “We are 7-0. That’s where you want to be. We’ve still got to get some teamwork things together and work on our roles.
“Overall, this is a good, strong start to the season.”
Tupelo, which played for the state championship the last two seasons and won in 2009, defeated Lafayette 25-15, 25-16 and 25-14. In the second match, the Lady Wave beat Caledonia 25-11, 25-5 and 25-14.
Tupelo has lost just one game and won 17 in its seven matches.
In the opener, sisters Sarah and Hannah Farmer combined for nine kills and eight hits. Libero Latesha Jolly added three digs and two service aces.
However, the key in Game 1 of the opener was junior outside hitter Hannah Grisham serving out on the final seven points. She recorded five aces in the match.
“Hannah is one I can depend on to pull in several points in a row,” Bishop said. “When she’s on the back line, we’re in a good rotation.”
Sarah Farmer, a senior middle blocker, led the Wave against Caledonia recording seven kills, two hits, two blocks, one dig and one ace.
Hannah Farmer, 6-foot-2 junior middle blocker, recorded seven kills, blocked five shots and had two hits.
Camille Walker, a senior outside hitter, had five kills in the victory.