Lady Vikes take second volleyball meeting against the Missy Gators

Published 10:34 am Friday, September 25, 2015

There wasn’t much of a difference between the first Warren Central and Vicksburg volleyball game than there was in Thursday’s matchup. The Lady Vikes took another sweep of the Missy Gators 25-15, 25-15, 25-11.

To start each game, the Missy Gators were able to go toe-to-toe with Lady Vikes before pulling away around the 10th point. Gullet was proud of his team for fighting back but also credits Vicksburg coach Aimee Scribner for doing a great coaching job.

“My hats off to her. She’s had a great season and I wish them good luck in the rest of their season,” Gullett said.

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This win for the Lady Vikes gives the team a three game win streak heading into a tough stretch of games against Germantown, Brandon and St. Andrews Episcopal, before ending the season in a back-to-back series with Northwest Rankin.

Every player on Warren Central’s varsity team played against Vicksburg. The team has focused on playing everybody as the end of the season approaches.

“The girls are playing in a way they should be playing,” said coach Matt Gullett.

After missing the first matchup earlier in the month, Liz Boyd returned for the second meeting with the crosstown rival.

Gullett promised he’d played her in all three games to makeup for lost time and said she played great with six assists, a kill and an ace.

Boyd set the ball and served well in her return against the Missy Gators.

“She had a few good attacks and had a few dinks off the set. She played some good backrow and every position. She looked completely solid,” Gullett said.

Gullett also had high praise for Kayla Mayfield. She had 15 attacks, eight kills and two solo blocks.

“I think Kayla Mayfield proved she’s the best volleyball player in Warren County,” Gullet said.

“She’s awesome. She can dominate a game and played very smart ball. She could’ve probably had a few more attacks and a few more kills but she played good team ball.”

Mayfield continues to use her height to dominate the net and block returns with her long arms.

Carisha London has also continued to show hustle and grit saving returns with digs and her play at the net. She recorded four aces and five kills on 10 attacks in the win Thursday night.

Taylor Smith contributed five assists, two aces and two kills.

Coach Scribner continues to be proud of her team for playing to the best of their ability.

Inversely to Warren Central, this game puts the Missy Gators on a three game losing streak.

“We kind of hit a plateau and we haven’t been able to get over where we’re at right no,” Scribner said. “There’s nothing wrong with that, every team goes through it. It’s up to the girls right now to figure out what they got to do to get over that hump.”

The Missy Gators showed, in short stints, better communication as a team. The floor opened up and played better offensively.

Scribner said Alicia Howard made big plays for the team, tried to make things happen and put the ball where it needed to go.

Jade Douglas also had a lot of saves on the back row as well.

The Missy Gators can take solace in the fact they’re moving a lot more on the back row, coming up with saves and digs, and playing the net a lot better resulting in more blocks.

Scribner said the girls improved in the areas she asked them to work on.

Volleyball is still new to the Missy Gators as the program has been around for only five years.

“This is the first few years they’ve actually had to work for something and have self pride in what they’re wearing on their jersey. These girls are wearing it very well and I couldn’t ask for a better season,” Scribner said.