The Starkville High School volleyball team showed its coach the ability to win sets in two different ways against Corinth Tuesday night.
After claiming the first two sets with relative ease 25-14 and 25-9, the Lady Yellowjackets had to come from behind and were pushed a bit to capture the match with a 25-18 decision.
Starkville coach Lauren Love was proud to see the "mental toughness" and "focus" of the Lady Jackets throughout the match.
"They have shown that throughout practice," Love said. "They really came together and played that way to 25 points and until the final whistle."
Starkville (3-3) jumped out to leads of 8-0 in the first set and 4-0 in the second set to wrap up those sets in less than an hour.
In the third set, the Lady Jackets went down early 2-0 and 4-2, but it wasn't enough to rattle them.
"We played as a team and we continued to go hard on our side regardless," Love said.
Wheeler Richardson had a double-double for Starkville with 10 assists and 10 aces, while McKay Richardson and Grace Drumheller had 11 digs each. Elizabeth Scott had six kills.
Love said the Ridgeland Tourism Set It Off Challenge over the weekend was a great learning experience for the Lady Jackets.
"It's huge anytime you are around so much volleyball and just being together as a team for junior varsity and varsity," Love said. "We were together the whole time Friday and Saturday.
"We played state champs like (Lake) Cormorant, Our Lady Academy and Tupelo, then we played Hancock that lost to Tupelo so I think just seeing that level whereas last year we really didn't meet any of those teams at any tournament. It was just seeing where we want to be, actually be there and compete."
Starkville continues its homestand Thursday when it plays West Lowndes with junior varsity action beginning at 5:30 p.m.