Lady Vikes take down crosstown rival VHS

Published 8:51 am Wednesday, September 2, 2015

It was an opposite attraction during the Warren Central vs. Vicksburg volleyball game Tuesday night. What seemed to go right for the Lady Vikes, fell flat for the Missy Gators leading to a 25-12, 25-10, 25-11 victory for Warren Central.

The Lady Vikes’ offense flowed, had open space around players and communicated well. The Missy Gators were quiet, crowded the net and were over aggressive on offense.

The Lady Vikes benefited from the errors committed by the Missy Gators, resulting in a lot of free points.

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“You normally see what one team’s doing well, is what one team needs to work on,” Warren Central coach Matt Gullett said. “I pulled up the film on Brandon and watched what we’re doing. I’m yelling ‘we’ve got to execute,’ and Brandon’s over there executing. It happens.”

Gullett ran an intense practice preparing for the game and has worked on covering attackers and back row attacking.

“We caught several instances where Vicksburg put the ball back over and our girls were there to bump it back up; getting back and attacking the ball in front of them instead of over them. We spent 20 or 30 minutes on that,” Gullett said.

Senior Aquarius Crook has seen more playing time in the past few games. Gullett said she has stepped into the role and is a solid player.

Crook has been on the team for three seasons and worked hard for the extra time.

“I’ve worked hard on my attacks and getting low to dig the ball. I blocked the ball, assisted to Kayla (Mayfield). I had one good attack and served consistently. I’m really proud of myself,” Crook said.

Tuesday’s loss was as much about what Vicksburg didn’t do well, as opposed to what went right for Warren Central.

“When we work as hard as we work and then the product of what we put in is not what we get out of it is really frustrating,” Vicksburg coach Aimee Scribner said. “I know they want it, but they have to work through that and it takes time.”

After starting the season with three consecutive wins, Scribner feels the team has plateaued and is now trying to find ways to get it moving again. She has a positive attitude and feels confident her team will get through this rough patch.

Apart from the communication problems, there were a lot of things for the Missy Gators to hold their heads high about.

During the longest rally of the final set, they showed that when they do communicate on the court and play as a unit they could compete well.

“They have every ability to compete, there’s no doubt about that,” Scribner said. “Fundamentally they have it. It’s just applying it from practice to a game setting is two different things.”

Destiny Allen’s strength made for big saves at the net and Scribner is working with Allen to keep her hands straight up when blocking.

Scribner said when compared to other teams, the height of her frontcourt can be scary when first seen by an opponent.

“We have the height, it’s there. Other games against Germantown and Ridgeland we have blocks left and right, tonight not so much,” Scribner said.

Maya Clay is part of the big frontcourt for the Missy Gators and, along with Allen, protected the net well.

“If I can just get Maya Clay to hit as hard as Destiny, the two of them standing beside each other, a lot of people won’t stand a chance if I can get the two of them in sync,” Scribner said.

Jade Douglas showed her athleticism on the court by diving for loose balls, being aggressive and the team’s motivator. Allen matched Douglas’ aggressive play by trying to keep plays alive and protect points.

“Nothing really gets her down. She’s kind of our spokesman right now and that’s who’s stepping up big time for us and making sure we’re not getting killed 25-4,” Scribner said.