Tupelo volleyball coach Clint Jordan doesn’t feel like the favorite today just because his team defeated DeSoto Central this season.
“They are flat-out good,” he said. “They are the best all-around team we’ll play. They have no weaknesses.”
The Lady Wave, 22-9, visits DeSoto Central at 6 p.m. for an MHSAA Class III state quarterfinals match. The winner advances to Saturday’s state semifinals/finals at Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum in Clinton.
Tupelo defeated Madison Central last Saturday in the opening round while DeSoto Central topped Jackson Wingfield.
“When we beat them (2-1 in Southaven Invitational) they had two of their good players out and we had one out,” Jordan said of the teams’ earlier meeting. “They swept Southaven this year and split with Olive Branch.
“They’re a strong hitting and serving team.”
Tupelo’s lineup features the Farmer sisters – 6-foot-2 Hannah, 6-foot Sarah and Rachel – along with Margaret Mary Bridges and Kristina Kosogorova.
“I think we’re playing really well right now,” Hannah Farmer said following Saturday’s 3-0 win over Madison Central. “We’ve worked on improving our passing and our serve receive.”
Lady Bulldogs ready
Aberdeen continues its quest for a Class I state championship with a 5:30 p.m. quarterfinals home match against Center Hill.
The Lady Bulldogs, 22-3, defeated St. Andrew’s in the opening round.
Center Hill is one of the two teams that beat Aberdeen this season. The other was Class III Tupelo.
The winners advances to Saturday’s state semifinals/finals at Mississippi College.
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