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From Staff Reports
The third time is definitely the charm for the Greene County Lady Wildcats’ volleyball program.
In the third year competing in the sport, the Lady Cats are making their first appearance in the MHSAA Playoffs as the No. 2 seed out of Region 7-4A. They guaranteed themselves a playoff berth with a straight-set, 3-0, win on the road at Poplarville on Tuesday. The win over the Lady Hornets pushed the GCHS record to 5-3 in region play, putting them in second place behind Stone County and ahead of Purvis and former GCHS coach Kaitlyn Aycock.
Their reward for the best season on the books for GCHS…. a matchup with one of the most storied programs in Mississippi High School Volleyball history.
GCHS travels to Vancleave Thursday night to take on the two-time defending state champions. The Lady Bulldogs are 35-4 so far this year (6-0 in their region) and the odds-on favorites to win their consecutive state title. To do that, they will have to get past a scrappy bunch of Lady Wildcats, who are excited about the opportunity.
“We are excited to be playing in our first playoff game for the program,” Head Coach Laurie Wyatt said of her GCHS squad. “We are hoping to use this as a stepping stone for future seasons.”
“We are facing Vancleave, which is the No.3 team in the state and No. 1 team in 4A. We are hoping to have a good showing and to play well no matter the level of competition.”
Wyatt admits her team is a big underdog in the matchup, but believes the Lady Cats are prepared to go up against Vancleave.
“We have rose to the occasion in multiple matches of playing well against good competition,” Wyatt added. “I believe having tournament exposure in the Pass Christian Tournament and the Gulfport Tournament has exposed us to the level of competition that Vancleave can play. ”
“We are hoping to play with confidence, play our game, and play well.”