The past three postseasons have not been kind to the Starkville High School volleyball team.
This year the Lady Yellowjackets look to erase the past and start fresh. They face Center Hill today at noon in the Beehive for the first round of the Class II playoffs.
Last year SHS lost to Hernando at home.
"Regardless of our opponent we always try to take care of our side," SHS head coach Lauren Love said. "We are going to have to maintain our level. We won't be able to go on long serving runs and long runs of points. We are going to have to present and be focused on every point."
The Lady Jackets clinched the Class II, Region 2, District 6 title Tuesday at Callaway to ensure a first round bye. The Lady Mustangs beat the Lady Titans of Ridgeland on Thursday.
"I don't know that much," Love said. "I haven't seen them play, but I have checked out their stats. I know their coach and he's a great coach. They are consistently a great program. They will definitely be ready to play (today)."
Love and the Lady Jackets, who have an overall record of 20-10, have had more time to prepare for today's match and they have used that time wisely.
"The girls are real excited," Love said. "We have had a good week of practice. There's an extra little excitement. We are ready to start. We have done more scrimmaging and you can tell they are looking forward to the opportunity to play (today)."
For seniors Michaela Mills, Jamiyah Covington and Stacie Young, this is their last go around. Last year, they hosted the Hernando Lady Tigers and lost. This year they will look to regain the home court advantage.
"The girls love playing at home," Love said. "More family and friends can come. It helps us keep focus and we don't have to travel."
A win and SHS is on to the North State championship. The state championship will be held at Mississippi College Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.