New Era for Lady Mohawk Volleyball Program
The start of the 2016 high school volleyball season brings with it a new era to Piggott High School, as former WBC standout Codie Lancaster takes over the head coaching position. Lancaster garnered all-district, all-region and all-state honors as a high school player at Bell City, Mo., and transferred to Williams Baptist in 2011 after attending Shawnee Community College. Known as a setter with outstanding hands in high school and college, she most recently worked as an assistant at Trumann. She also has the benefit of a veteran assistant, as Lady Mohawk Head Girls Basketball Coach, Melissa Turner serves on her staff.
Lancaster inherits a Lady Mohawk program from Nikki Speer known state-wide as a perrenial contender. And, although last season marked one of the few times the squad didn't make the 3A state tourney, ironically held at PHS, a variety of talented players returned. Last Thursday the senior squad tuned-up at a jamboree at Westside, and Monday evening the junior and senior squads got their seasons underway at Newport, swept by the new conference foes.
The Junior Lady Mohawks got their season off with a 25-19 set win over the Lady Greyhounds, but dropped the match 2-1. The second and third sets went to the hosts, 15-25 and 8-15.
Madison Rahn had a big evening, contributing 17 assits, 6 digs and 3 kills while going 9 for 9 at the servicve line with 2 aces. Carlie Vancil had 14 digs, and was 6 for 6 in service; Maggie Williams was 11 for 11 serving with 2 aces, and had 5 kills; Maddie Reeves had 10 digs and a kill; Taylor Seal had 5 digs and 3 kills, while Macey Williams and Jordan Tate each had 3 kills on the night.
Other team members include Annalee Massey, Shaeleigh Hewitt, Shianne Higdon, Claire Bellers, Jacy Featherston, Emma Shaw and Tessa Holcomb.
Members of the seventh grade team are--Kalaya Cole, Emma Gossett, Natalie small, Elise Gossett, Emma Riddle, Summer Pollard, Paylee Mhyre, Callie Henson, Taylor Smart, Mycah Blascoe, Madisyn Hanks, Hailey Moore and Katelyn Robertson.
The Lady Mohawks dropped their match to the Lady Greyhounds at Newport in four sets. They battled their hosts in the first, but fell 20-25, and had similar results in the second with a 17-25 loss. The Tribe rebounded to take the third set 25-23, and battled the Greyhounds into the tiebreaker in the fourth, falling 24-26.
Colby Crossfield had a strong performance, with 31 assists, 14 digs and a 16 for 18 night at the service line with 3 aces. Meanwhile, Hannah Powell had 25 digs, was 15 for 17 serving and recorded 2 aces; Lexi Herren was 16 for 16 in service, and contributed 12 digs; Ally Kilbreat had 9 kills; Emily Trosper had 8 kills and 12 digs; Grayson Murray had 8 kills and 7 digs; Bailey Davis had 6 kills and 8 digs; Emily Massey had 2 kills and a dig and Georgina Bautista had 5 digs to her credit.
The remaining members of the senior squad are--Harley Earnheart, Ashley Jeffries, Hayley Springstgeen, Alexis Russell and Paige Choate.
The squads will be back in action tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 25, as they host Harrisburg at PHS with all teams in action. First game is set for 4:30. Saturday, Aug. 27, the seventh grade team will be playing at Brookland, and Monday, Aug. 29, the Tribe will host the Lady Redskins of Pocahontas. The following day, Tuesday, Aug. 30, all teams will visit the Brookland Lady Bearcats, and on Thursday, Sept. 1, the Tribe will host another former conference rival as the Westside Lady Warriors visit PHS. The following Tuesday, Sept. 6, they'll visit Cedar Ridge and on Saturday, Sept. 10, the senior squad is scheduled to take part in the Ozark Slam Fest in Harrison.