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LHS sweeps Choctaw Co. out of playoffs

BLOG — It took Lafayette just three sets to get back where it was in last year’s playoffs.

The Lady Commodores swept Choctaw County 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-16) in their MHSAA Class I first-round playoff tilt Saturday morning at the LHS gymnasium to set up a second-round matchup with Region 2′s top seed, Belmont, on Tuesday.

Lafayette will travel to Belmont for Tuesday’s match, although a time hasn’t been set. The Lady Commodores were eliminated in the second round last year by Caledonia.

Outside of a string of seven straight points recorded by Choctaw County late in the opening set, Lafayette (25-6 overall) didn’t get much of a test from the Lady Chargers, who earned the third seed in Region 4.

That run pulled Choctaw County to within a point at 22-21, but the Lady Commodores rattled off the next three points to take a 1-0 lead. Lafayette didn’t let up, leading by as many as nine in each of the final two sets on their way to ending the Lady Chargers’ season.

“It felt great. Take care of them in three games. Couldn’t ask for anything better,” Lafayette coach Aimee Scribner said. “I didn’t expect us to come out here and kill them, but three games, you couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Using the strength of hitters Rae Drewrey, Moesha Phillips and Ashley Carter along the front line, Lafayette overpowered Choctaw County with numerous kills at the net and powerful serves, two things that sharpened for the Lady ‘Dores as the match wore on.

“First, we kind of started off kind of rough, but each game, we got better as a team,” Drewrey said. “We just, I don’t know, we just clicked. We’ve done that before but never that well.

“We wanted it bad, and all of us want it bad this year. We have the potential to go to state for sure.”

For more on Lafayette’s win and a start time for Tuesday’s match, see Monday’s print edition of the EAGLE.

  (October 19, 2013)

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