Lady Chargers in heated battle to make volleyball playoffs

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


It all comes down to two matches.

With Caledonia in firm control of the region, three other schools — including Choctaw County High School — are battling for the final two playoff spots in the MHSAA State Volleyball Playoff that are allocated to the league.

“It all comes down to this,” CCHS head volleyball Gary Beals said of his team’s last two regular-season matches of the year. The Lady Chargers were scheduled to visit Amory on Monday, before traveling to Aberdeen on Oct. 15. CCHS has already taken a home win over Amory, but dropped a decision to Aberdeen in its second match of the season back in August.

Choctaw County put itself in this position by taking a crucial sweep of West Lowndes last Tuesday to move to 3-3 in region play and draw even for the season at 5-5.

The 25-12, 25-16, 25-5 win over visiting West Lowndes on Senior Night was the third consecutive win for the Lady Chargers, who defeated homestanding Grace Christian, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 the night before. The junior varsity team swept GCS 25-7, 25-7 and West Lowndes 25-19, 25-9.

“I think we played pretty well,” Beals said. “I was a little disappointed with our play Monday (against Grace Christian), but we came back and played well in our division game (on Tuesday). We gave up a lot of points on serves (against Grace Christian) and you really can’t do that in rally scoring.”

Beals said Kierra Fair, Haley Lampard and Tiara Conner all stepped up their level of play against West Lowndes, leading the Lady Chargers to the win.

Choctaw County’s Oct. 10 match at home against Pontotoc has been cancelled.