By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Hannah Farmer’s volleyball-playing days are numbered – by choice.
Tupelo’s 6-foot-3 senior shot blocker says when her team’s season ends – she hopes in this year’s MHSAA Class III state championship match – her volleyball career is likely over.
“I played basketball from age 4 to seventh grade,” she said after a recent practice. “I started volleyball in the eighth grade. I’m always doing some sport.
“I’ve never just done school before.”
Farmer’s sisters and former THS teammates – Rachel and Sarah – play volleyball for Mississippi College. Hannah says her sisters enjoy playing the sport more.
“I could see myself playing intramural or club (volleyball) in college,” she said.
Farmer’s focus next week is to keep her prep career alive a few more days. Tupelo travels to Madison Central on Thursday for a postseason play-in game. A win there would send the Lady Wave to DeSoto Central for a state quarterfinals match.
Farmer, who was sidelined (nine matches) by a nagging ankle sprain this season, still managed to record 152 kills and block 67 shots, both team highs.
Her absence forced the Lady Wave to not be so dependent on the middle blocker’s imposing presence.
“They had to learn to work together,” THS coach Laurie Bishop said. “We created a second team. Having Hannah out forced the rest of the team to step it up.”
However, Bishop would rather have Farmer on the court.
“She forces a lot of errors without ever touching the ball,” the coach noted. “Teams always try to hit around her. We’re a better defensive team when Hannah’s out there.”
Farmer’s focus now is to extend Tupelo’s season. The Lady Wave’s 21-6 and defending state champions.
“It’s been crazy,” she said of the season. “We have a lot of work to do and only a short time to do it.”