High School Sports

Five teams reach round two of state volleyball playoffs

Hancock volleyball coach Rick Rechtien
Hancock volleyball coach Rick Rechtien Sun Herald file

Five Coast teams survived the first round of the state volleyball playoffs.

Round two gets underway Tuesday, with four of the five remaining Coast teams playing on the road.

The only head-to-head matchup involving Coast teams as Ocean Springs hosts defending Class III state champion Hancock at 6 p.m.

Hancock won two of three matches between the two, but Lady Hawks coach Rick Rechtien has put those games in the rear view mirror.

“Ocean Springs is a well coached team with a lot of height and some strong hitters,” Rechtien said. “They always play us strong. Last time we met the first two games were within two points. We look forward to the match.”

Ocean Springs coach Brooke Engle also expects another tough contest against Hancock.

“We are very capable of beating Hancock and have the talent to win,” Engle said. “We just have to focus on our team and play our best volleyball.”

Class II

Vancleave is the only Coast team left in Class II. The Lady Bulldogs travel to Hattiesburg at 6 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs played without Paige Davis in their opening-round win over Ridgeland.

“The team pulled together to overcome adversity and it gave the girls a newfound confidence,’ Vancleave coach Haley Chatham said. “We are looking forward to playing a good Hattiesburg team.”

Class I

Defending Class I champion Our Lady Academy travels to East Marion at 6 p.m. The Lady Crescents are going for their Mississippi-record 12th state championship. In the other Class I second-round contest, Resurrection travels to Salem for a 5:30 p.m. contest.

Looking ahead

Second round winners advance to the semifinals at Mississippi State on Thursday. The finals will be played Saturday.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones