Tupelo’s 3-0 victory against South Panola in volleyball Thursday was huge for three reasons.
– The Lady Wave’s now 3-0 in Division 2-Class 3 play.
– They are now 15-3 overall.
– More importantly, they are 1-0 at home.
Tupelo’s win came on its newly refurbished gym court. During the renovation, the Lady Wave played all of its matches on the road with the exception of its Tupelo Volleyfest, which was played at the Tupelo Middle School gym.
Lady Wave coach Clint Jordan says despite the win, his young squad wasn’t as focused pregame.
“We were distracted some,” he said. “It was the first game on the new floor and everybody was talking about it.
“We had gotten used to getting on the bus and going on the road. That allows you to get focused quicker.”
Tupelo mowed over the visiting Lady Tigers by scores of 25-8, 25-12 and 25-8.
Hannah Farmer recorded four kills and two scoring blocks to pace the Wave. Her sister, Rachel Farmer, had five kills; Camille Walker added four kills.
Kristina Kosogorova had five service aces for Tupelo.
“It was a big win and makes us 3-0 in the division,” Jordan said. “I thought we played well the whole time and kept our composure and remained disciplined.
“We did a lot of things right tonight. I was pleased.”
Tupelo returns to the road this weekend, playing in the Southaven Invitational. The Lady Wave will face DeSoto Central, Lake Cormorant and Memphis Whitehaven in pool play.
Lake Cormorant’s lost only one match this season and that was to Tupelo. DeSoto Central’s leads its division.
“They are two of the best teams in the state,” Jordan said. “I think that’s great for us. We need the competition.”
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