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ACKERMAN â€“Â The Choctaw County Lady Chargers may be young, but they are talented.
Considering Choctaw Countyâ€™s 3-1 overall and 2-0 division start in volleyball, that seems to be a very fitting statement, but ask coach Gary Beals and he will tell you the season is just beginning.
â€śWe play CaledoniaÂ (tonight)Â at Caledonia, then go play in a tournament at Lafayette County on Saturday where we will face Senatobia, Cleveland and Ripley. We are about to see where we stand.â€ť
The magnitude of those games grows even more when you consider that with no seniors, two juniors and one sophomore at any given time, the Lady Chargers might have four to five freshmen on the floor. Still Choctaw County is making no excuses and is simply using every tough match to further improve upon its game.
â€śâ€ťWe are just trying to get better,â€ť Beals said. â€śWe want a winning attitude that goes across the board in all the sports that we play. This a talented group of girls that love the sport. We have a tougher schedule this year with New Hope, Heritage Academy, Starkville and Senatobia, but the only way to get better is to play.â€ť
The goal to constantly get better has already shown up for the Lady Chargers. This season alone Beals can already see an increase in his teams passing and setting skills while displaying a stronger offensive force all the way around.
â€śThey are learning how to attack the net,â€ť Beals said. â€śIt is a fast-paced sport and you can see they love it. It might be new to some of them, but they are catching on and getting after it every game.â€ť
Choctaw Countyâ€™s next opportunity to take their game to the next level comesÂ tonightÂ as the Lady Chargers take on Caledonia on the road, while on Saturday, the team will travel to compete in the Lafayette Spikefest.