By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw County High School volleyball team saw its outstanding season come to an end last Tuesday with a four-set loss to visiting St. Andrews in the first round of the MHSAA Playoffs.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and determination these girls had,” said CCHS head coach Miranda Worrell. “We just could’t pull through and get over the St. Andrew’s hump. If there was one thing we could have done to prepare better it would be conditioning. If felt like our girls used all their gas in the first set and got work out.”
CCHS won the first set 25-19, before St. Andrews won the last three sets — all tight ones — by the scores of 25-23, 25-21, and 25-21.
“We had several rallies back and forth that lasted a really long time and wore us down,” Worrell said. “However the girls did not give up and fought until the bitter end.”
Brennan Power was good on100 percent of her service attempts and also recorded five kills. Caden Miles was good on 94 percent of her serves and had three kills, while Shakeria Smith was good on 92 percent of her serves. Allie Brown had six kills, while Laina Cork had five kills and LaGenesis Johnson had two kills.
The week before CCHS closed out the regular season with three-set wins over Greenville and Grace Christian.
Power recorded 13 aces with two kills in the 25-13, 25-6, 25-7 win over Greenville while Miles had two kills, Brown had seven aces and two kills and Cork had 14 aces.
CCHS beat Grace Christian 26-24, 25-14, 25-13. Power had five aces and two kills, while Smith had three kills, Miles two and Brown had nine kills and four aces. Cork picked up seven kills in the match, while Johnson had two.
“I’m very sad to lose Brennan,” Worrell said of Power. “She has worked so hard to improve the last few years and really loves the sport so losing her will hurt. The good news for next year is we won’t have to replace very many players, as long as we can stay healthy and bring everyone back. We should build on the success of this year and be even better next year.”