Lady Mohawk Volleyball Marks Senior Night
The Piggott Lady Mohawk volleyball team is set to wrap-up regular season play this week, with the junior and senior district tournaments at hand. Last week the Tribe split at Crowley's Ridge Academy, then hosted Ridgefield Christian Thursday night for their “Go Pink” breast cancer awareness fundraiser. Monday night they marked senior night with a sweep of Midland.
The Tribe made the trip to Paragould last Tuesday, Oct. 3, to take on the Lady Falcons and split on the night. The junior girls won their match while the senior girls fell in straight sets.
The junior girls continued to have a strong season at CRA, beating their hosts 25-11 and 25-8. Leading the way was Macey Williams with 14 assists while both Maddie Reeves and Claire Bellers had five kills and four aces each. Also contributing were Annalee Massey with four kills and a pair of aces while Emma Shaw had three aces in the win.
As for the senior squad, they fell in three straight, 20-25, 20-25 and 12-25.
Thursday night the Lady Mohawks hosted Ridgefield Christian in their annual “Go Pink” matches. In the early match the Junior Lady Mohawks fell in three sets, 25-19, 22-25 and 12-15.
On the night Williams had 19 assists and seven digs; Bellers had eight kills and six digs; Massey had seven kills and three digs; Reeves recorded six digs and three kills and Elise Gossett and Callie Henson each had four digs in the loss.
Between matches the Lady Mohawks honored breast cancer survivors in the crowd, including several current and former Piggott Schools staff members. Assistant Coach Melissa Hopkins had the honor of introducing PHS grad Eric Fuller, who in-turn introduced his mother—former PES teacher and breast cancer survivor Kristi (Fuller) Mitchell.
She shared her story of battling the disease not once, but twice, and the miraculous healing she recently experienced.
Afterward, Hopkins handed out pink roses to all of the survivors in attendance from both schools.
During the break the team also conducted a fundraiser, with all the donations benefiting the work of the American Cancer Society. For a donation of a dollar, fans had the chance to serve a volleyball in a “hit it-get it” game in which they could claim whatever item the ball struck—which included t-shirts, mugs, caps and gift certificates.
In the nightcap, the Lady Mohawks took care of business in three sets, beating the Lady Warriors 25-21, 25-21 and 25-21.
Madison Rahn had a strong performance, recording a perfect 12 for 12 from the service line while recording 26 assists and five kills. Meanwhile, Hannah Powell had 16 digs and three aces; Emily Trosper had nine kills, six digs and an ace; Lexi Herren had eight digs and two aces, and Harley Earnheart and Ally Kilbreath each had seven kills in the win.
Monday evening the Lady Mohawks hosted Midland, and recognized the senior members of the team. The members of the PHS class of 2018 on the team include Hannah Powell, Ally Kilbreath, Emily Trosper, Lexi Herren and Emily Massey.
Between the junior high and senior high matches they were introduced to those on hand, and presented with a variety of gifts to remember the occasion.
The junior girls swept the Lady Mustangs in their match 25-12 and 25-9. Leading the way was Williams with 14 assists, while Massey was 100-percent hitting with three kills; Reeves had six kills and Bellers was 23 for 23 serving with eight aces and five kills in the win.
The senior squad also swept their match with Midland, taking the conference decision 25-16, 25-11 and 25-21 in straight sets. Rahn had a strong performance with 25 assists and six digs; Trosper recorded 14 kills, six digs, two blocks and an ace; Powell had 13 digs, and was 20 of 21 serving with three aces; Earnheart finished with five kills and Herren had four digs to her credit in the win.
Tuesday evening the Tribe made the trip to Trumann for a non-conference set with the Lady Wildcats. Thursday night all teams will be in action at Walnut Ridge, as the Lady Mohawks close out regular season play.
Saturday morning the junior district tournament will be played at Midland High School, at Pleasant Plains. That afternoon the first round of the senior district will be played at the same location. The seedings and schedule have yet to be determined, and will be finalized Friday following Thursday's final night of conference action.
The 3A state volleyball tournament will be held beginning Monday, Oct. 23, at Hoxie High School.