Lady Mohawks finish season with an impressive 28-6 record
The Piggott Lady Mohawks had won the district volleyball tournament which gave them a trip to the state championships held in Harrison.
On Oct. 27, the Lady Mohawks boarded a bus for the long trek to Harrison for a game against Atkins, which began at 6 p.m. Coach Tiffeny Sands said she could tell the long bus ride to Harrison had some effects on her team, slowing them down. "I think nerves played a big role in how we played," Sands said. "We weren't ourselves, but we got the win and were able to move on to Thursday."
The Lady Mohawks defeated Atkins with scores of 25-11, 25-19 and 25-23. Caroline Ray had nine digs and 18 kills. Ashley Coleman went 8/9 in service and had three aces, 16 digs and five kills. Kortney Toombs had five aces and eight kills. Taylor Gregory went 17/17 in service. She also had 28 assists and 15 digs. Kasey Hicks went 13/14 in service and had two aces and 14 digs. Laura Jardeen went 13/13 in service and had one ace. The Lady Mohawks were scheduled to play Ashdown on Thursday, Oct. 28.
Ashdown had played and had beat Trumann the previous evening in five games. Coaches Sands and Williams talked to Trumann coaches and others about Ashdown and discovered they had a middle hitter that they had to shut down. The Lady Mohawks practiced that morning at a nearby high school, making some adjustments in order to stop Ashdown's tough middle.
"We played tremendously better than we had on Wednesday night," Sands said. "We moved better, we made the adjustments we had needed and it worked. The Lady Mohawks defeated Ashdown with scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-18. "We had some key blocks and our passers stepped it up and we only missed two serves for the whole night," Sands said.
Laura Jardeen went 18/18 in service and had 12 digs. Ashley Coleman had 18 digs, seven blocks, and 12 kills. Caroline Ray had five digs, three blocks, and eight kills. Kortney Toombs went 12/12 in service. She also had 10 digs, three blocks, and eight kills. Taylor Gregory went 10/11 in serving for the night. She added two aces, 14 assists and 20 digs to the team's efforts against Ashdown.
With this victory, the Lady Mohawks advanced to the quarterfinals against Little Rock Christian. The Lady Mohawks had played Little Rock Christian at the ASU playday in September and were defeated by the team. The Lady Mohawks knew they were a strong team and they would need to step it up and play as well as possible. The game began at 12:30 p.m. "We came out with our nerves in full swing," Sands said. "We got down nine points and then we settled down and started playing, but it was just too big of a hole that we had dug and we just couldn't come back in that first game." In the second and third games against Little Rock Christian, the Lady Mohawks played hard and worked hard, but just couldn't stop their middle and that made a huge difference in the games. The Mohawks were defeated by Little Rock Christian with scores of 21-25, 23-25 and 15-25. Laura Jardeen went 7/7 in service and had 15 digs. Ashley Coleman went 8/8 in service. She added one ace, five digs, five blocks, and six kills to the Mohawk effort. Caroline Ray had three digs, four blocks and six kills. Kortney Toombs went 9/10 in service and had six digs, two blocks and five kills. Taylor Gregory went 16/16 in service. She also had three aces, 12 assists, and 23 digs. Kasey Hicks had 11 digs. Jordan Coomer added 10 digs.
"We didn't finish the season the way we would have liked, but we finished about fifth in the state and there were about 24 teams that went home before we did," Sands said. "These kids are a young team who have worked hard all season and for us to make it as far as we did this season only gives us the experience we need for the future to become the best we can be and to go further year after year." The Lady Mohawks finished their 2004 season with an overall record of 28-6.