Lady Mohawks Roll over Pocahontas, Midland

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Members of the Piggott Lady Mohawk junior volleyball team include, from left: Front-Ashlyn Roberts, Madison Rahn and Hannah Powell. Second row-Sydney Risinger, Paige Choate, Georgina Bautista, Lexi Herren, Bailey Davis, Carlie Vancil, Ashley Jeffries, Tessa Holcomb, Taylor Seal and Aaron Fry. Back-Emily Massey, Reagan Ralph, Emily Trosper, Jordan Tate, Ally Kilbreath, Harley Earnheart, Amber Trammell, Maggie Williams and Alexis Russell.

The Piggott Lady Mohawks kicked off the regular volleyball season last week, hosting 4A Pocahontas on Tuesday evening and new conference foe Midland on Thursday. And, for the Tribe it was a great start as they dominated both matches.

Pocahontas

The Lady Redskins visited PHS to start the Tribe's regular season on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with all three teams in action. In the early play the seventh grade Mohawk squad got things off on the right foot by taking two of three from the visitors.

In the junior high set the Piggott dominance continued, as the squad took their set in two straight, 25-6 and 25-19. And, in the varsity set it was all Lady Mohawks, as they took the set in three straight games, 25-11, 25-19 and 25-14.

Senior McKenzie Hopkins led the assault with 13 kills and two blocks, while another senior, Shelby Chavez, had 13 digs in the win. Coaches Nikki Speer and Melissa Turner also got a big night from sophomore Colby Crossfield, as she notched 22 assists.

Midland

The Lady Mustangs of Midland visited Piggott High School for a set on Thursday, Aug. 28, as one of the two new members of 3A-Northeast. But, the Tribe proved to inhospitable hosts, as they took two of three matches and split the third.

The seventh grade squads got things underway, and split their two games at one-apiece. The Junior Lady Mohawks then took to the floor, and ran roughshod over the visitors 25-4 and 25-7, lead by freshman Hannah Powell with 10 aces.

In the senior high match the Tribe rolled to an easy conference win in three straight games, 25-11, 25-19 and 25-14. Leading the way for the Lady Mohawks were Hopkins and MaKalia Beck with 10 kills each, while Crossfield had a strong set with 17 assists and four aces.

Much to the chagrin of Coach Speer, who would rather ride the momentum, the Mohawks are scheduled to remain idle until Thursday, Sept. 11, when they're slated to visit Ridgefield Christian in conference play.

"I'd love to be able to slip a match in this week, I sure wish we had one scheduled," she noted.

The senior squad will also be traveling to Harrison on Saturday, Sept. 13, for tournament play. Speer notes many of the teams playing in the bracket of the tournament will be teams they may see later in the 3A state bracket, also being played at Harrison this fall.

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