Starkville's Khris Carr (3), Stacie Young (15), Jamiyah Covington (4) and April Reese (7) celebrate after scoring a point against Caledonia Monday. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
It's important to senior Jamiyah Covington to see the Starkville Lady Yellowjackets win volleyball matches.
When the opportunity arises, Covington likes to contribute to Starkville's success whenever she can.
Covington ended two of Monday's three sets against the Caledonia Lady Confederates with the winning points as the Lady Jackets swept a 3-0 victory at the Beehive.
"I love volleyball, love the game and love this team," Covington said. "I want to do whatever I can to help the team win. I've been on this team for a very long time and it's my last time around. I want to lead my team to the championship."
Starkville volleyball coach Lauren Love used Covington as a setter on the right side, which put her in a position to make plays.
"Jamiyah did well in the match," Love said. "She has a positive presence and I'm so proud of her."
Covington had the winning point as the Lady Jackets easily won the first set 25-10.
However, the Lady Confederates seized the momentum in the second set and jumped out to a 13-4 lead.
That led Love to call a couple of timeouts to settle her squad down.
"Caladeonia came out to play and definitely had the momentum on their side," Love said. "I called the timeout to see if we were ready to play. Our serving wasn't as aggressive and they were being much more aggressive on serves so we just had to settle ourselves down and fortunately we were able to do that and win."
Starkville was able to outscore Caledonia 21-9 from that point and a kill by Khris Carr at set point gave the home team a 25-22 victory.
After the two teams were tied at 10 points of the third set, the Lady Jackets gained a 6-5 advantage and stretched the margin throughout the remainder of the match. Covington ended the action at 25-17 with the winning point.
Courtney Wilson had seven aces and five digs to lead SHS, while Carr was tops with five kills.
The Lady Jackets were able to get a victory following a 1-4 showing at the Tupelo Volleyfest on Saturday.
Even though Love was not able to make the road trip so she could take care of her newborn child, she
liked the fact SHS could be involved in such an event with good competition.
"Lewisburg, Lafayette, Southaven and Long Beach were great teams so I think it was really good for our team to see that and play at that level," Love said.
The Lady Jackets, who have a 6-7 overall record, are back in action tonight at Ackerman.
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