The Mississippi high school state volleyball tournament has come to a close, with three school’s being crowned champions of their respective divisions. Among the three divisions, there were two repeat champions and a first-time champion.
- Brandon def. DeSoto 3-0, (27-25, 25-18, 25-23)
Brandon capped off their strong 39-2 season with their first-ever state title in program history over DeSoto. The win came in consecutive sets.
Callie Minshew led the team with 18 kills for an average of 6.0 kills per set on a .484 hitting clip along with 19 digs for a double-double while Kate Bass added another 14 kills on a .500 hitting performance. Bass added in a match-best five blocks while Minshew contributed another four. Three more players picked up double-digit digs – Maddie O’Bryan (13), Laine Marler (12) and Alexxa Haggerty (12). O’Bryan also dished out 22 assists in the win for a double-double.
- Vancleave def. Lake Cormorant 3-2, (25-16, 23-25, 36-34, 19-25, 15-11)
Vancleave claimed their 2017 state title in Class II over Lake Cormorant in a five-set battle.
Payton McKerchie ran the show with 27 kills and 17 digs while Carly Danley added another 11 kills and 13 digs for a pair of double-doubles. Paige Davis also picked up a double-double with 48 assists and 11 digs. Two other players picked up double-digit digs in the win – Sydney Salter (36) and Julianah Overstreet (15).
- Our Lady Academy def. Resurrection 3-0, (25-17, 25-16, 25-17)
OLA swept their way to a state title with a straight-set win over Resurrection. The win secured OLA their 12th state championship and sixth straight.
Emma Funk finished the match with 22 kills and two blocks while Rebecca Walk led the squad with 26 kills and five blocks.