High School Sports

Ocean Springs rallies after early stumble, tops Harrison Central in volleyball match

Amelia Moore was quiet the first two games, but made her presence known over the last two, helping lead the Ocean Springs Lady Greyhounds volleyball team to a 3-1 match win over the Harrison Central Red Rebelettes on Thursday.

The Lady Greyhounds took the last three games 25-22, 25-15, 25-21 after the Red Rebelettes won the first 25-19.

“We are starting to get our bearings,” said Ocean Springs coach Brooke Engle, who noted the Lady Greyhounds started the season with two inexperienced setters. “We are starting to get ourselves together as a team.”

With Moore struggling early, Ocean Springs (4-5) turned to Chloe Coulter and Dougless St. Amant. In the second game, the Lady Greyhounds sprinted to a 7-0 lead, then held on for a three-point victory.

Coulter led the way for Ocean Springs early in the second game with four kills. St. Amant added three kills and Peyton Emperley two aces as the Greyhounds avoided going down two games.

Moore scored her first point of the night on an ace to give Ocean Springs a 23-20 lead.

Engle said Moore had been down on herself and part of her struggles centered on serving.

“She had four aces tonight, so hopefully that will pick her up,” Engle said.

In the third game, Moore started making her presence known on the front line, scoring on two aces and a block. In the final game, she added three kills — including a power slam to end the match — two aces and a block.

Kennedy Bahr, one of two new Lady Greyhounds setters, also had a good night serving, hitting four aces in the third game as Ocean Springs took control of the match with a 10-point lead.

Theme of the night

For Harrison Central (1-4), the theme of the night was also coming together as a team.

“We showed tonight that we can hold our own against a very solid team,” said Red Rebelettes coach Courtney Bellais. “We played together as a team. We had excellent communication. Our girls played hard against a very challenging team.”

With her strong early showing continuing throughout the game, Coulter paced the Greyhounds with 13 kills, nine digs and an ace. Moore had six kills and three aces over the final two games. Bahr added seven digs.

Natasha Feyjoo led the Red Rebelettes with 11 kills and three aces. Isjah Cooper also had a strong night for Harrison Central with five kills and three aces.