Lady Mohawk Volleyball Marks Senior Night, Fall at District

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Lady Mohawk volleyball coaches join their two seniors during Thursday night's pre-game festivities. Pictured are, from left: Assistant Coach Melissa Turner, senior Grayson Murray, Head Coach Codie Lancaster and senior Colby Crossfield.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Piggott Lady Mohawks ended the season with matches against Trumann and Walnut Ridge last week, then competed in the district tournament at CRA on Saturday. But, both teams were eliminated with the junior girls falling in the second round and the senior girls losing to the host Lady Falcons in five sets.

Trumann

Both squads swept Trumann on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with the junior Lady Mohawks taking their match in three sets 25-22,

20-25 and 15-6.

As for the senior girls, they took their match in four sets, dropping the first to the Lady Wildcats 21-25, then posting set wins of 25-22, 25-21 and 25-18 to take the non-conference match.

Senior Colby Crossfield paced the offense with 31 assists, 9 kills, 3 digs and 2 aces while the only other senior on the squad, Grayson Murray, was 21 of 22 hitting with 9 kills and was perfect from the service line on the night. Meanwhile, Lexi Herren was 14 of 15 in receptions with 8 digs; Hannah Powell was 13 of 14 serving with 18 digs; Bailey Davis was 17 for 18 hitting with 6 kills and Emily Trosper had 8 kills in the win.

Walnut Ridge

Thursday evening the Lady Mohawks hosted Walnut Ridge in conference play in a match which had impact on conference standings, and seedings in Saturday's tournament. The evening also served as senior night for Crossfield and Murray, and both teams donned pink in support of breast cancer awareness as it was a "Dig Pink" game as well.

Prior to the varsity contest the two seniors were introduced and recognized for their years as a Lady Mohawk. Colby is the daughter of Scott and Tammy Crossfield and Grayson is the daughter of Kevin and Amber Murray.

Prior to the festivities, the junior squad fell to the Lady Bobcats in straight sets, 14-25 and 18-25.

The senior game proved to be the only conference meeting between the two teams, and a win would likely give the Lady Mohawks the #3 seed in the tourney. The squad got off to a hot start on the night, taking the first set 25-15, but struggled in the second set and fell 14-25. The Tribe got back on track in the third and fourth, taking them 25-13 and 25-18 to notch the win for first year coach Codie Lancaster.

Crossfield recorded a match-high 45 assists in her final home game, along with 6 digs, 3 aces and 3 kills. As for Murray, she finsiedh with 6 kills, 5 digs and 3 block-assists. Meanwhile, Powell was 32 of 35 in receptions with 10 digs; Davis had 11 kills and 2 blocks; Emily Trosper had 11 kills, 7 digs and 4 blocks; Herren finished with 7 digs and 3 aces and Harley Earnheart had 6 kills in the victory.

District at CRA

Despite entering the district tournament as the three-seed, the Lady Mohawks fell in five sets to the host Lady Falcons at CRA Saturday afternoon. The Tribe took the first two sets, and threatened in the second and third, but were unable to answer the hosts and were eliminated. Earlier, the junior squad advanced to the second round of their bracket with a win over Newport. But, the girls were eliminated in the second round by Walnut Ridge in a close match.

The Junior Lady Bobcats later lost to CRA in the final, as the host Lady Falcons took the title.

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