It was a successful return of head coach Lauren Love following the birth of her first child as the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets volleyball team defeated the Aberdeen Lady Bulldogs in straight sets Tuesday night.
With the victory, Starkville improved its record to 3-3.
The first set was closer than the Lady Jackets would have liked due to six missed serves but were able to pull away 25-22, thanks to nine combined kills by sophomore Khris Carr and freshman April Reese.
Carr now leads the team with 26 total kills after recording a total of seven against Aberdeen and Reese's eight kills puts her second with a total of 19.
Starkville hit its stride in the next two sets by jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the second and a 9-0 lead in the third behind 20 of senior Michaela Mills' 21 service points.
Love said that in order for this team to have success, keeping serve is essential.
"This summer we were in the gym a lot and we focused on serving and to see them to be successful and stay focused with multiple serves and to be successful, that's great," Love said.
Although Carr is a sophomore, she has shown the ability to lead the team through adversity.
According to Carr, communication and a positive attitude on the court are not only keys to success for winning this match but for future matches as well.
"We need to keep talking," Carr said. "We need to encourage each other, and I think that one of our biggest problems is that when we make a mistake, we get down on ourselves and it takes a leader on the court to encourage and to get everybody up."
The Lady Jackets continue their quest for a third consecutive playoff berth with an early season matchup against their conference rival Ridgeland Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Starkville.