Lady Mohawk Volleyball Players Honored

Thursday, December 4, 2014
All nine of these Lady Mohawk volleyball players were honored as 3A-Northeast All Conference performers from the past year, and several were also singled out as All State and All State Tournament selections. The group includes, from left: Front-Bailey Pollard, named both All Conference and All State; Colby Crossfield, named both All Conference and All State; Abby Holcomb for All Conference and Alexa DeHart for All Conference. Back-Shelby Pruett-Chavez for All Conference and All State Tournament team; McKenzie Hopkins for both All Conference and All State; MaKalia Beck for All Conference; Jessie Mallard for All Conference and All State Tournament team and Quest Emerson for All Conference.

In the nearly 40 years the program has been in existence, the Piggott Lady Mohawk volleyball team has garnered hundreds of post-season honors. This year the Tribe, under second year coach Nikki Speer and assistant Melissa Hopkins-Turner, notched another 3A-Northeast conference championship and made a run deep into the state 3A tourney. As a result of their performances, a total of nine members of the squad have been recognized with post-season accolades.

Based on their performance during the regular season those chosen to the 3A-Northeast All-Conference squad were all the seniors on the squad, including McKenzie Hopkins, Bailey Pollard, Jessie Mallard, Abby Holcomb, Alexa DeHart, Quest Emerson and Shelby Pruett-Chavez. Also chosen were junior Makalia Beck and sophomore Colby Crossfield.

Singled out for their performances during the 3A state volleyball tournament at Harrison, those chosen to the All State Tournament Team were Mallard and Chavez.

And, members of the squad chosen as All-State performers included Hopkins and Crossfield, while Pollard was named as an honorable mention for All-State honors.

The Lady Mohawks ended their season Thursday, Oct. 30, losing to Mansfield in the semi-finals of the state 3A tournament at Harrison. For the Tribe, they finish with an overall record of 18-5, with an outright 3A-Northeast conference championship and a final-four appearance to show for their effort.

And, based on the performance of the junior high team, and the recognition to their underclassmen, the future looks to be bright for the program.

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