Volleyball closes season in first round of playoffs

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Volleyball closes season in first round of playoffs

Photo by Tyler King

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The Starkville High School Lady Jacket volleyball team finished the season with a record of 25-9. The Jackets finished 17th in the state and ninth in 6A rankings. By game, the team averaged 8.1 kills, 4.1 aces, and 9.6 digs per set.

Overall, the Jackets had a successful 2019 season. Head coach Sierra Horel and assistant Taylor Hackemack, helped lead the Jackets to victory along with the leadership from seniors Brittany Turner, Brittany Gabbidon and Jasmine Baker.  These seniors had a positive impact on the team, said Horel. Their senior night was versus Greenville, and the team won 3-0.

One highlight of the season was the first away game at Caledonia where the Jackets won in 5 sets.

“When we beat Caledonia, it got everyone excited for the games to come. We played like a team this season because everyone got close, and we were really comfortable with each other. The coaches really encouraged us to bond, Baker said.

Baker attributes the team’s success to their team attitude of playing for each other and not for themselves.
“Winning district was a huge accomplishment for the volleyball program at Starkville High, and it is only the beginning. As a senior, I feel confident in the season next year,” Baker said.

Also, the volleyball team won both of their district games against Germantown.

The Jackets moved on to the first round of playoffs and faced Clinton. The team fell just short with a score of 3-1. Despite the loss, Brayland Ferguson was recognized as the Starkville Volleyball Player of the Match.

The Lady Jacket team looks to improve upon this year’s performance and come out strong in the 2020 season.

Junior setter Zoe Elder looks forward to her senior season.

“The team had a great work effort and played well as a team this year. Next year, we can definitely work on keeping a positive attitude,” Elder said.