Lady Jackets show resiliency
Coach Lauren Love's Starkville High volleyball team continued their winning ways at the Beehive on Thursday night.
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The Lady Yellowjackets also proved they have plenty of resolve.
After taking the first two sets against Caledonia, Starkville recovered from a sloppy third set to record their fifth straight home victory.
The Lady Jackets (13-5) took the first set 25-22 and the second set 25-19, before Caledonia dominated the third set 25-10.
Rather than stand idly by and hope for a recovery in the fourth set, Love rallied her troops.
"I just told them 'I know we want to win, but we have to work to win'," said Love. "As a team, there are six people on the court, and your body language is some of the loudest communication you can have. We were having some negative body language and communication in that set, but fortunately, we can control that."
Love's instructions paid off. The Lady Jackets answered back with the match-clinching 25-19 win in the fourth set.
"I told them after the match, that's mental toughness," said Love. "Collegiate teams can be up two sets and lose the next three, so I was proud at the way we responded."
Wheeler Richardson, who is listed by Maxpreps.com as the state's leader in aces, added seven to her total on Thursday.
Richardson also tallied 14 assists, 12 digs, and six kills.
Elizabeth Scott and Grace Drumheller reached double-digits in digs, with Scott recording 15 and Drumheller notching 10.
McKay Richardson put forth a seven-dig performance, with five kills.
Rebecca Myles also added five kills, helping Starkville earn its second win of the season over a tough Caledonia team.
"(Caledonia) has really tough serving, and their defense, it's hard to put anything down on them," said Love. "We knew we had a challenge coming in and knew we had to be focused. It showed when we weren't focused."
After surviving the Caledonia game, Love says she plans to give her team a few days off before returning to action with a 5 p.m. home varsity match against Ackerman on Tuesday.
"We've been playing a lot lately," said Love. "We've been playing on weekends and everything, plus we're heading to Madison Central and have district coming up. So we're just going to try to relax and let the girls get some rest."