Ackerman continues playoff push, battles Lafayette on the road

Ackerman has already won its third straight Division I, Region 3 title.
The Lady Indians (17-6) swept past the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association volleyball playoffs on Saturday.
Now they find themselves one win away from a trip the North State finals, a ticket that can be punched in a second round, 5:30 p.m. match today, on the road at Lafayette.
"For us to win, we're just going to have to serve well, run well, and stay within our system," said Ackerman head coach Amanda Carden. "We'll need to pass well, and do those types of things to stay in it."
Carden's Lady Indians enter today's contest riding the momentum of Saturday's first round, straight-sets win over St. Andrew's.
In that match, Ackerman won by scores of 25-14, 25-16, and 25-12.
While Saturday's win looked relatively easy on paper, Carden said her team had to overcome some early jitters, something they can't afford to have to deal with today.
"The girls actually came out (Saturday) a little nervous," said Carden. "They know this is the playoffs. You have to win or you're done."
According to Carden, Ackerman settled down after the early anxiety and was able to build confidence to put away St. Andrews. The Lady Indians leader hopes her team can carry that relaxed mindset into today's match.
"It helped to win (Saturday)," said Carden. "I'm sure we'll have some nerves (today), but hopefully nothing like last game."
Lafayette (14-6) enters today's 5:30 p.m. contest as the Region 2 runner-up. The Lady Commodores advanced past first round action by upsetting Region 1 winner Caledonia on the road.
Today's winner will battle in the North State championship on Thursday against either Lewisburg or St. Joseph.