Lady Mohawks are District Volleyball Champs

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Erica Cluck-Vancil goes for the dig in recent action at PHS, as Kacey Crossfield looks on for the Tribe. Also pictured is first year coach Nikki Speer, who has led the squad to a district title in her first year.(photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Piggott Lady Mohawks rebounded from their recent conference loss at Crowley's Ridge Academy, the Tribe's first of the season in 3A-Northeast, with a pair of wins last week. Last Tuesday evening the Mohawks hosted the Lady Mustangs of Hoxie and won in three straight sets. Then, on Thursday evening they visited the Lady Bobcats of Walnut Ridge and won in four sets. Monday night they traveled to Paragould and visited Greene County Tech. And, on Tuesday evening they took a five-set win from Harrisburg to earn the district title outright.

Hoxie Games

The Lady Mohawks were the very picture of consistency Tuesday, Oct. 8 as they hosted Hoxie and won in three straight sets, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-22.

Pacing the Tribe's offensive attack was Kacey Crossfield with 15 kills and five aces, along with five digs on the defensive side. Meanwhile, Taylor Davis had 20 assists, 8 digs and 4 aces in the win; Erica Cluck-Vancil contributed 14 digs and McKenzie Hopkins had 8 kills and 7 blocks.

At Walnut Ridge

On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Lady Mohawks made the trip to Lawrence County for a conference set with the Lady Bobcats of Walnut Ridge. And, although their hosts took them to four sets the Tribe prevailed.

The Lady Mohawks got off to good start and took the first set 25-22, but Walnut Ridge rebounded in the second and won it 18-25. But, the wake-up call was sufficient for the Tribe as they took the third and fourth sets by scores of 25-13 and 25-18.

On the night the Mohawks combined for 46 kills, 17 blocks and 57 digs.

Leading the way again was Kacey Crossfield with 16 kills, 13 digs and 4 aces, while Taylor Davis had 34 assists to her credit. Also contributing were Jess Scheffler with 8 blocks, Jessie Mallard with 10 kills and 8 digs and McKenzie Hopkins with 10 kills and 9 blocks.

The junior Lady Mohawks were also in action at Walnut Ridge, dropping their sets 12-25 and 21-25. On the night the girls had 10 kills, 15 digs and 5 aces combined.

Greene County Tech

Monday, Oct. 14 the Mohawks visited Greene County Tech for a mix of non-conference sets. The seventh grade split on the night in two, the junior girls lost along with the senior "B" squad.

Harrisburg

The Tribe hosted the Lady Hornets for the final time as a conference foe Tuesday, Oct.15 and earned a five set win.

The visitors came out hot in the first set, and took it 22-25, but the Tribe responded in the second with a tie-breaker win at 26-24. Harrisburg took the next by a final of 23-25, but the Mohawks responded once again and won 25-14 in the fourth. This set up an exciting tiebreaker game, which went to 17-15 before the PHS squad could gain the advantage and post the conference win.

And as for the junior high squad, this Saturday they'll wrap up their schedule with the district tournament at Ridgefield Christian. Seedings were set to be determined today, Wednesday, Oct. 16, with the Tribe expected to be the fourth seed. This would equate to an early to mid-morning contest this Saturday at Ridgefield Christian, likely against Hoxie.

The senior team has two more home matches to complete their regular season schedule. They'll host the Lady Rams of Paragould on Monday, Oct. 21 and will observe senior night as the Lady Bearcats of Brookland visit PHS on Thursday, Oct. 24. The Tribe will also mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the finale against Brookland, and will "Go Pink" for the night in recognition.

The state 3A volleyball tournament is set for Oct. 29 to 31 hosted by Alpena High School and played at the Harrison Parks and Recreation complex. Meanwhile, the state finals will be played Saturday, Nov. 2 at Russellville High School. As the winner of 3A-Northeast the Lady Mohawks will be playing their first round game at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 against the third place finisher in 3A-West.

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