In the first match of the meet, the Indians faced off against the Phoenixes. They would fall two games in a row (6-25, 6-25). Richard’s commented regarding the match, “They just out played us.” The Raiders were next on the agenda. The Indians would meet a similar fate with another two back-to-back losses (9-25, 15-25). “The matches were just rough on the girls because we didn’t play as well as we should have,” said Richards.
However, luckily for the Indians, none of their matches prior to Thursday counted against them for their region record. The first region tri-match wouldn’t take place until two days after the Indians trip to Sonoraville. Thursday night’s match would be hosted at Murray County High School, and would include Pepperell and Model as competitors. Going into the match, Coach Richards said that with Tuesday’s losses and a few of her girls out, Thursday was a little scary. In light of the diminished roster, Richards brought in two ninth graders to help out. “I think their addition made a lot of difference,” said Richards in hindsight.
Murray County’s first challengers were the Pepperell Lady Dragons. The Lady Indians would get the jump on the Dragons early winning the match 25-17. Pepperell would turn the tables with a win in the second game 25-18. It was in game three in which the Lady Indians finally “sealed the deal” with a 25-19 victory over the Lady Dragons. Coach Richards said, “It was back and forth the whole time.” She added that while the girls had some issues with communication in the second match, they figured it out. “As long as you keep talking and cheering each other on, you can play ball,” said Richards.
Alex Johnson would lead the team in assists with 16, and Heidy Cabral would come close with a total of thirteen. Chasidy Dixson would have six kills for the match, followed by Destani Bailey with three, and Lilly Harris with two. Cabral would also boast four aces against the Dragons, and Bailey would have two of her own. Libero Tiffany Markey had six digs, and Taylor Simms had three.
The Lady Indians’ second and final match was against the Model Lady Blue Devils. While making Model earn every point, the Lady Indians would fall behind at the end of game one taking a loss (19-25). Richards said that the girls didn’t let the loss get them down. She commented, “We just kept churning and churning.” MCHS would rally and answer with a neck and neck 28-26 victory against the Lady Blue Devils. In the final tie-braking game the Lady Indians would dominate, claiming their victory 25-11.
Alex Johnson would once again lead the Lady Indians in assists with a total of 21. Dixson had five kills against Model. Keona Brinkman also had three kills, and Lilly Harris had two. The Indians had several aces against the Blue Devils. Cabral was in the lead with six, Johnson and Simmons both had three, and Mikayla Garrett had two.
With Thursday night’s wins under their belts, the Lady Indians are now undefeated in their region. “I’m just proud of everyone. We had so many aspects of the game where we played better,” said Richards. Richards named Tiffany Markey as Thursday’s MVP. She said, “Our libero, Tiffany Markey, was really on the money in everything she needed to do. She was there, and made some awesome saves.” Richards said that Markey lived up to the term ‘libero’. The libero is a defensive specialist, and is a player who makes the save everywhere on the court. They also normally wear a different color than the rest of their team. Richards also commended Alex Johnson for also being on her sets. In the end, however, Richards admitted that she would name them all. She said that everyone played their hearts out.