South sports talented lineup for MAC All-Star Volleyball match

dmbarber@sunherald.com Twitter: DougBarber2July 13, 2014 

Hancock High School coach David Irwin believes the South will be presented by one of its most talented teams when the 10th annual Mississippi Associated of Coaches All-Star Volleyball match takes place on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The South takes on the North in a three-game match between rising senior players at the Hangar Dome on the Millsaps College campus in Jackson.

Irwin coaches the South along with Hancock assistant Rich Rechtien.

The North will be coached by head coach Laurie Bishop and her assistant Braden Bishop of Tupelo.

Hancock is represented by three players -- Ali Dedeaux, Destiny Marks and Jordan Rayburn. Class I state champion Our Lady Academy also has three players on the South squad -- Kayleigh Aicklen, Brittany Corder and Mikaela Hall.

Ocean Springs has two players -- Elizabeth Hurring, Blake Mohler -- while four schools have one player apiece -- Madison Johnson (Vancleave), Joy Marble (East Central), Anna Kate Karstens (Oak Grove) and Amanda Wolfe (Petal).

Corder and Mohler were the Sun Herald Co-Volleyball Players of the Year in 2013.

Irwin coached the South to a win in this all-star game in 2010. In the fall of 2010, Irvin and his Hancock team won the Class III state volleyball championship.

"This year will be fun,'' Irwin said, who has coached Hancock for nine years. "We have as fine a collection of talent as the South has had. We can't go wrong, no matter what direction we take. I think this is the best team the South has ever put out there, with so many Division I signees.

"When we have our team meeting, I'm going to tell the girls to have fun and be themselves.''

The South team arrives for practice on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. They will also practice on Wednesday morning before the all-star match.

The South beat the North 16-25, 25-17, and 26-24 to end the North's two-match winning streak. The North leads the series 5-4. The inaugural MAC match came in 2005 and was a best-of-5 East vs. West series.

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