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Lady Jackets finding form at division time

September 11, 2012

Khris Carr sets up a shot for Starkville during Tuesday's match. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

The Starkville High School volleyball team is finding its form at the right time in the season.

The Lady Yellowjackets knocked off division foe Callaway 3-0 Tuesday night at the Beehive.

SHS improved its overall record to 11-11 and 2-0 in district play.

"This was a big win," SHS head coach Lauren Love said. "Callaway is athletic and they play a fast-paced match."

The Lady Jackets have six district matches remaining, but they are not going to stop doing what got them to this point.

"It feels really good," sophomore Khris Carr said. "We have to keep pushing it because anything can happen. I am very pleased with the team and how we are 2-0 in district."

The Lady Jackets found themselves down 20-15 in the first set. They battled back and tied it up at 21-21 when Callaway called a timeout.

"We just have to play to win each point," Love told her team in the timeout. "Sometimes we play hesitant and timid and it affects our overall aggressiveness."

They responded and took the first set 26-24.

SHS used the momentum of the first set and came out on fire in the second set. They opened up the second with a 7-1 run and went on to take the set 25-19 and took a comfortable 2-0 lead in the match.

"Getting that first set loosened us up a little bit," Love said. "We were playing a little tight and timid. The second set we knew what they were going to bring to us. That prepared us a little bit more. We were able to relax and play a little bit more of our game."

Vivian Barksdale played libero in the match. She started playing that position last week and played it over the weekend.

"She has done a wonderful job as far as libero," Carr said. "She has improved tremendously since the past two years she has been on the team. I am very, very proud of her."

Barksdale and Carr led the Lady Jackets to a 25-15 third set win to ice the match.

Carr led all Lady Jackets with eight kills. She has adjusted her technique a little and has been scoring a lot more kills.

"(I have worked on) controlling it, keeping my elbow up high and finding spots on the court that I know are not being watched over," Carr said.

If Carr and the Lady Jackets are going to win their district, Carr is going to have to continue her stellar offensive play.

"(She needs to) just stay relaxed, loose and swinging her arms," Love said of Carr. "It usually ends in a better result. We try to break it down in practice to technique."

Stacie Young had six kills to go with April Reese's three. Barksdale led the Lady Jackets with nine digs, while Carr and Reese each had four.

Michaela Mills had 21 assists. Hannah Knox led the way with eight aces and Jamiyah Covington had four.
Carr and Reese each had a solo block.

Starkville is back in action Monday when they play host to another district foe in Canton.

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