Saturday will be a busy day on volleyball courts across the Coast. Five South Mississippi squads have advanced to participate in the second round of the state's volleyball playoffs.
RCS looking for title
The Resurrection Catholic School Eagles (27-4-1) will host Salem (20-7) today at 3 p.m. in the Class I semifinals. The Eagles swept Bassfield 3-0 Tuesday. Senior Jada Williams led RSC with 19 kills.
This is the third year in a row the Eagles have made it to the playoffs. Coach Keith Tucker said that although it was homecoming week at RCS, his team is focused on advancing to south state.
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"Homecoming can be distracting, but we are looking forward to the second game of the playoffs," Tucker said. "We are having one of the best seasons we've ever had and we hope that we can finish it off right. I hope we fixed some things that we did wrong in our two division losses to Our Lady Academy."
In other Class I action, OLA (21-12) travels to East Marion (17-8) today at 4 p.m. OLA swept Magee 3-0 Tuesday night in Bay St. Louis.
LBHS closer to south state matchup
Long Beach Coach Rebecca Tillman and her Bearcats (17-5) are one step closer to playing for a state title after losing in the south state round in 2014. The Bearcats defeated Sumrall 3-0 Tuesday. They will play Germantown in Madison (19-14) today at 3 p.m.
Hancock stays alive in Class III
The Hancock Hawks have reached the playoffs many times before., but first-year coach Rick Rechtien said he was slightly surprised that the Hawks (22-10) are set for a second round match today at Pearl at 6 p.m.
"We are very excited about making the playoffs," Rechtien said. "But we're a pretty young team, we're mostly sophomores. So, making the playoffs was a bit unexpected for us. We've been in the playoffs for at least the past five years."
The Hawks defeated Brandon on Tuesday and Rechtien said they did so without one of his starters.
"Our primary setter, Madison Ladner, tore her ACL last year in basketball," he said. "She left Tuesday's match with an injury. Amanda Kay Schubert, who is also a sophomore, came in and did really well. She had more than 20 assists. Madison is one of the top setters in the state. We didn't know how we were going to respond when she went down but the girls rallied and got the win."
Rechtien said Ladner is questionable to play in Saturday's match.
Also on Saturday, Ocean Springs (30-10) travels to Oak Grove (25-6) for a Class III elimination game at 5 p.m. Ocean Springs and Oak Grove have met twice this season and they have split the series 1-1.