Lady Mohawk Volleyball Season set to Begin
The Piggott Lady Mohawk volleyball team swings into action this week as they begin their first campaign under new head coach Shelby Slaven. Tuesday evening the junior high squad was slated to take part in a jamboree at MacArthur Junior High, in Jonesboro, although scores and stats were not available as of press time. Thursday, Aug. 16, the senior squad will host a jamboree at PHS with four other regional teams.
Slaven, the former Shelby Wallace, comes to the program after spending her high school career at Westside and her collegiate career at Williams Baptist. She replaces Cody Lancaster, who left the position back in the spring for the top job at Wynne. Joining the new head coach on the bench is long-time assistant Melissa Hopkins.
On the roster for the Tribe are seniors Hayley Springsteen, Harley Earnheart, Bailey Davis and Alexis Russell. The junior class boasts experience and includes Madison Rahn, Carlie Vancil and Jordan Tate. Rounding out the lineup are five sophomores who enjoyed success on the junior high squad last year, including Emma Shaw, Maddie Reeves, Claire Bellers, Annalee Massey and Macey Williams.
The roster for the junior high team this year includes freshmen Elise Gossett, Summer Pollard, Taylor Smart, Emma Riddle and Kalaya Cole. Eighth graders on the team include Emma Hooten, Emma Langley, Alyssa Manor, Ryleigh Latham, Tamia Davis, Makenzie Grider, Alyssa Blair, Dixie Book and Emily Shepard, who just joined the team this week.
The Lady Mohawk seventh grade team is deep, thanks in part to the recent peewee efforts. Players on the squad include Morgan Rahn, Laura Jackson, Jessie Henson, Ava Little, Jina Clifford, Lexi Rigdon, Leslie Reeves, Ali Jae Wise, Sierra Minton, Alyssa Russell, Halli Sanders, Nyla Dees and Natalie Matheney.
There are six matches scheduled for Thursday afternoon at PHS, with the Lady Mohawks playing in three of them. The first match is set for 5:30 p.m. as Piggott takes on Pocahontas, followed at 6 p.m. by Pocahontas and Malden. At 6:30 Malden will take on Crowley's Ridge Academy, followed around 7 p.m. with CRA and Pocahontas. At 7:30 the Lady Mohawks will take on Malden and in the late match, around 8 p.m. it will be Piggott and CRA in a showdown of conference foes.
The public is invited, and encouraged to attend and the concession stand will be open.
The regular season will continue on Tuesday, Aug. 21, as all teams will be in action at home as the Lady Mohawks host Greene County Tech. The first match is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. The junior high and seventh grade teams will be on the road at MacArthur Junior High on Thursday, Aug. 23, with a 4:40 start. The following Monday, Aug. 27, CRA will visit Piggott High School with all teams in action with first serve set for 4:30. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the junior high and senior high teams will visit Cedar Ridge (Newark) with a 4:30 start and on Thursday, Aug. 30, all teams will visit the Hoxie Lady Mustangs with a 4:30 start time.
The squads will begin the new month on Tuesday, Sept. 4, as they visit Ridgefield Christian with just the senior high team in action. On Thursday, Sept. 6, Cave City visits PHS with all teams in action and on Saturday, Sept. 8, the senior high team will take part in the Ozarks Slam Fest at Harrison. The Tribe will take on Valley Springs at 10 a.m. in the first round, and will play three additional matches. The other teams in the bracket include Mansfield, Highland, Elkins, Yellville-Summit, Hackett and Alpena.
Regular season play resumes on Monday, Sept. 10, as all teams visit Harrisburg, with Palestine-Wheatley slated to visit PHS the following day, Tuesday, Sept. 11 for junior and senior high action.
The regular season will wrap up on Oct. 9, with all teams hosting Walnut Ridge for senior night. The junior high conference tourney will be played Oct. 11 and 13, at Piggott High School. The senior conference tourney will also be played at PHS, and will be held Oct. 13, 15, 16 and 18. The state tournament is being played Oct. 23 to 25 at Paris and the state finals are Oct. 27, in Hot Springs.