Junior Lady Mohawks VB Wins Conference Title

Thursday, October 19, 2017
The regular season, and district tournament, champion Piggott Junior Lady Mohawk volleyball team includes, from left: Front-Taylor Smart, Emma Shaw, Claire Bellers, Macey Williams and Emma Riddle. Back-Callie Henson, Annalee Massey, Kalaya Cole, Maddie Reeves and Elise Gossett.
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Both Piggott Lady Mohawk volleyball teams ended their season in district tournament play at Midland in the past week, but with starkly different results. The junior girls backed-up their regular season district championship by winning the tournament as well, while the senior squad was eliminated in the second round of their tourney and come up short of a berth in next week's 3A state at Hoxie.

Both squads wrapped up regular season play last week with matches at Trumann and Walnut Ridge, effectively tuning-up for postseason play.

In action last Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Trumann, the junior girls got off to a slow start and lost the first set 15-25, then rebounded to win the match 25-17 and 15-4. Macey Williams had 17 assists, three digs and an ace in the win; Claire Bellers finished with eight kills, four digs and an ace; Maddie Reeves had four kills, two digs and five aces and Annalee Massey contributed seven kills and five digs.

The varsity squad also took their match with the Lady Wildcats, but were pushed to five sets. The Tribe took the first two sets 25-14 and 25-13, then dropped the third and fourth by identical scores of 18-25. In the deciding fifth set they stepped up and won 15-9 giving them the match win.

Madison Rahn had a strong match with 32 assists, six digs, four kills, four aces and 24 or 25 serving; Hannah Powell had 10 digs and five aces; Emily Trosper contributed eight kills, five digs and four blocks, Harley Earnheart had 12 kills, Ally Kilbreath finished with six kills and five digs; Lexi Herren had seven digs and Carlie Vancil had five digs and was 18 for 19 serving with three aces.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, the teams travelled to Walnut Ridge to complete this year's regular season and brought home a sweep of the Lady Bobcats.

The junior high team was tested in their match, but took it in two sets 25-22 and 25-18. Williams had another strong match with 20 assists and two digs; Reeves had eight digs, four kills and an ace; Bellers was 12 for 12 at the service line with four aces along with seven digs and nine kills; Massey was 17 of 18 hitting with nine kills, three digs and three aces; Emma Shaw was eight for eight serving with a kill and Elise Gossett was 12 for 12 serving with one ace and three digs.

In the nightcap, the Lady Mohawk senior squad took care of business in four sets, beating their hosts 28-26, 25-18, 22-25 and 25-22. On the night Rahn was 22 of 23 serving with three aces, along with 35 assists, eight digs and five kills; Trosper had 10 kills and five digs; Kilbreath had eight kills, five digs and three aces; Jordan Tate had nine kills and three blocks; Powell recorded 27 digs and an ace; Herren had 21 digs and two aces and Carlie Vancil had five digs and an ace to her credit in the win.

Junior District

The teams made the trip to Midland Saturday for district tournament play, as the junior high title was decided and the first round of the senior high tourney played. Taking full advantage of the opportunity, the junior girls went undefeated on the day to win the 3A Northeast District championship.

In the first game they downed Cedar Ridge easily, 25-8 and 25-12. In the second round they took on a tough Hoxie team and notched the win in straight sets, 25-20 and 25-17. And, in the championship match they faced the Junior Lady Warriors of Ridgefield Christian and won in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-20.

Williams paced the Tribe in the win with a total of 53 assists, 10 digs and eight aces. Meanwhile, Bellers finished with 23 kills, 12 digs and five aces; Massey had 17 kills, 10 digs, four aces and four blocks; Reeves had 16 kills, eight digs, six aces and two blocks; Gossett had 10 digs and four aces and Shaw recorded nine digs and three aces in the effort.

Senior Team

The Lady Mohawk senior team drew Cedar Ridge as their first round opponent in the district tournament, and easily handled the Lady Timberwolves 25-6, 25-12 and 25-13 to advance.

Leading the way was Powell with 100 percent on serve receive with 14 digs and six aces while Rahn had 25 assits, four digs, two kills and was 12 for 12 serving with a pair of aces. Meanwhile, Trosper had five kills and a block, Herren recorded eight digs, Earnheart had six kills, Massey added five kills and Vancil had three digs and three aces. Bellers also saw action after moving up from the junior high squad, recording three kills and three digs in her senior high debut.

Monday afternoon the Tribe made the long trip back to Midland, and fell to Newport in five sets to end their season in the district quarterfinals.

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