By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Choctaw County High School volleyball team will be making school history when the Lady Chargers take the court at West Lowndes on Aug. 19. It will be the first athletic event in the history of CCHS.
“This is an exciting time,” said Choctaw County head volleyball coach Gary Beals. “These girls will get a chance to be a part of history.”
The first home game for the Lady Chargers will be Thursday, Aug. 22 when they play host to Aberdeen. Choctaw County will be competing in Class 1, Region 4 along with Aberdeen, Caledonia, West Lowndes and Amory. Class 1 is made up of Class 1A, 2A and 3A schools.
Beals is taking over the volleyball program after six years away from the program. He previously coached the volleyball team at Ackerman High School for three seasons, before taking a spot as an assistant football coach.
The Lady Chargers had tryouts in July, but have been away from the court awhile, while the Ty Cobb Athletic Complex was being refurbished to become the home of the Chargers.
The Lady Chargers have only one junior and two seniors on the roster and are limited in experience, but that doesn’t keep Beals from looking forward to the season.
“I’m excited about it,” Beals said. “We don’t have a lot of offensive power or a lot of height, but we are going to get after it and hustle and sprint to get to the ball.”
Returning seniors for CCHS are Tierria Connor and Haley Lucas, while Ashton Beals is the lone junior.
Each regular season volleyball match consists of three-out-of-five games. The first team to 25, holding a lead of at least two points, wins each of the first four games. If a match goes to a deciding fifth game, the first team to 15 points wins.
The regular season comes to an end on Oct. 15.