Young SHS team wins first home volleyball match

Lady Yellow Jackets celebrate Thursday's home volleyball win over New Hope

Staff Writer

It was just the type of performance that Starkville High School volleyball coach Kyla Menefee was looking for in the first home match of the season.

After winning the first two sets, the Lady Yellow Jackets survived a late surge from the New Hope Lady Trojans and hung on to take a 3-1 victory at the Beehive.

The ability to finish out a match with a young team was a plus in Menefee's mind.

"I loved it, especially first home game and first actual season game," Menefee said. "It was great. I loved how they played. The girls wanted it and had to finish. That's all we've got to do is finish every time."

The score 25-21 was a popular one as far as SHS was concerned as all of its set wins came that way.

New Hope came back to take the third set 25-17 and made the fourth set very competitive before the Lady Jackets closed out another 25-21 decision.

Starkville only has two seniors on the roster, so there is quite a bit of teaching going on. Winning matches is icing on the cake.

"This season will be about growth, learning and teaching them as they are young and getting them ready for next season and next game," Menefee said.

The Lady Jackets will get to add to that experience this weekend as they participate in the Set It Off Challenge Friday and Saturday in Jackson.