Lady Mohawk Volleyball Season Ends at State

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Macey Williams sets the ball during the Lady Mohawk conference semi-final with Walnut Ridge. Also pictured for the Tribe are, from left: Carlie Vancil, Jordan Tate and Madison “Sassy” Rahn.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Piggott Lady Mohawks made the long trip to Paris on Monday, as they prepared for their first round 3A state volleyball tournament match. The Tribe took on the Lady Wildcats of Harding Academy, from Searcy, at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening and fell in four sets.

The squad, under the guidance of first-year head coach Shelby Slaven, battled through the brutal 3A-East conference tourney bracket to earn the postseason spot as they finished as the three-seed.

The Lady Mohawks finished third to Walnut Ridge and Hoxie after falling to the Lady Bobcats in five sets last Tuesday in the semi-finals of the tournament at Piggott High School. Coming off a big win over third-seeded Newport in straight sets, the Tribe jumped to the early lead with 25-17 and 25-17 wins in the first two sets.

The third set was an old fashioned barn-burner, with the Lady Bobcats holding on for a two point win as they edged the Mohawks 29-27. Walnut Ridge then pushed it to a deciding fifth set with a 25-21 win in the fourth, and held on late to take the match by a score of 15-12 in the fifth.

On Thursday the Hoxie Lady Mustangs continued to dominate the conference, as they beat their neighbors to the north in straight sets 25-22, 25-13 and 25-18.

With the third place finish in conference, the Lady Mohawks earned the first round match-up with Harding Academy as they were first in 3A-Central. The Lady Wildcats took the first set, with the Tribe responding with a second set win. But, Harding Academy pulled away down the stretch to take the win in four.

In other first round matches, Hoxie and Walnut Ridge advanced. On Wednesday the Lady Mustangs moved another notch closer to the title game, while the Lady Bobcats were sent home by defending state champion Paris.

The complete bracket may be found on the Arkansas Activities Association website.

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