Holcomb's Chelsi Akridge bumps the ball during the third set of Thursday's Tri-County Conference volleyball match against Gideon at Holcomb.
Thursday was no exception, as Holcomb battled for three sets before pulling out a 25-23, 22-25, 25-17 win over the Lady Bulldogs here Thursday in a Tri-County Conference contest.
"It's a good rivalry -- it really is," Holcomb coach Gentry Vancil said. "The kids know each other and they go to some of the same functions. It's a good rivalry. The schools handle it very, very well. No one gets out of control and it's fun."
Holcomb's Elizabeth Weaver set the ball during Thursday's match against Gideon at Holcomb.
"We pulled together," said Vancil. "We finally got to passing better and putting the ball away. We set Tia (Mitchell), the passes were there, the sets were there. Tia played a very, very good strong front row for us today. But, everybody else had to get their passes there to get her the ball. So it was really a good team effort tonight."
Mitchell was outstanding Thursday, leading the way with 14 kills, while Brittlyn Pikey added four, Moody three and Ashlee Busby chipped in two.
"We have two great hitters (in) Tia and Taylor," Holcomb setter Elizabeth Weaver said. "Every time we try to set them and just go for it."
The Lady Hornets are back in action today and Saturday at a tournament in Cape Girardeau.
Notes: There was no junior varsity game Thursday. ... Holcomb and the Lady Bulldogs have combined to win the last eight Class 1, District 1 titles, with the Lady Hornets winning in 2001, 2006 and 2008, while Gideon has won the crown in 2007 and also from 2002-2005.
Kennett 1, Cape Central 0
At Cape Girardeau, the Lady Tribe put together eight hits and got another strong performance from pitcher Laurel Jones as it bounced back from a Tuesday loss to Naylor.
"We really hit the ball a lot better today," Kennett coach Laurie Vaughan said. "Sad part was that all the hits weren't together. We had runners on base in every inning and could only find a way to score one run. We had a total of 11 runners left on base. We also had a few running mistakes that cost us some runs."
Jones was once again dominant throwing the ball, striking out 12 and walking two as she tossed a three-hit shutout.
Haley Morrow led the way at the plate with a pair of hits, while Allyson Luce singled in Jordan Wagster with the game's only run in the top of the third inning.
"Haley Morrow hit the ball really well today leading the way with two hits," said Vaughan. "Some of our at-bats were really hard hit balls just right at someone. ... Much better performance than other games when we had way too many strikeouts. Hopefully this is a sign of a turnaround in our hitting."
Cooter 9, Holcomb 1
At Cooter, Zach Watkins and Logan Edwards combined to toss a three-hitter against the visiting Hornets.
Cooter picked up 10 hits, including a first-inning home run from Seth Childers.