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DeSoto Central sweeps Hancock to repeat as Class III state volleyball champions

Madison Ladner (7) and the Hancock High School Lady Hawks celebrate with the runner-up trophy after losing to DeSoto Central in three games on Saturday, October 31, 2015, in the MHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Germantown High School in Gluckstadt, Miss.
Madison Ladner (7) and the Hancock High School Lady Hawks celebrate with the runner-up trophy after losing to DeSoto Central in three games on Saturday, October 31, 2015, in the MHSAA State Volleyball Championships at Germantown High School in Gluckstadt, Miss.

MADISON -- Don't call it déjà vu, but you pretty much can.

DeSoto Central capitalized on several Hancock errors to sweep the Lady Hawks in straight sets 25-21, 25-19 and 25-22 to claim the MHSAA Class III volleyball state championship at Germantown on Saturday afternoon.

It is the second consecutive state championship for the Lady Jaguars and three state title in school history.

"It was all about execution for us today," said DeSoto Central coach Margaret Falatko. "Volleyball is a game of momentum and we had to control that momentum throughout the entire match."

It was a back and forth set the whole match.

Hancock had the lead in both the first set and third set, but the Lady Jaguars (32-6-1) would capitalize on a mistake.

"We weren't on top of our game tonight," said Hancock coach Rick Rechtien. "Poor fundamentals by us tonight. Unforceful errors. I am not sure if it was a new gym, different. We could've played better."

DeSoto Central has been Hancock's road block from preventing the Lady Hawks to capture its first state championship since they defeated Tupelo in 2010 for the Class II state championship.

"That is what we talked about after the game," Rechtien said. "DeSoto Central is type of team that you have to beat if you want to get to the top. Up there in the North they have a lot of girls that play club ball."

"We have got to get ourselves to that point next year. It'll give us something to look at, we got everybody back but one so we are looking forward to that."

Zoe Storck had two aces and 14 assists to lead DeSoto Central. Brooke Watson had eight kills, Alexia Woodard had four blocks and Carmen Reed had 14 digs for the Lady Jaguars.

"We started off really rough, but we kept believing in each other and just kept fighting," said DeSoto Central outside hitter Brooke Watson. "Going from last year to this year we pretty much had a new team, but we fought all year and I am so proud."

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