By Gary Smith
Playing focused volleyball helped the Peabody Lady Tide win a district match against rival Gibson County last week.
In response to a loss to Milan in a non-district match played on Monday, Peabody Volleyball Coach Tracy Simmons said, “We continue to adjust our offensive lineup as we gain experience and confidence in our play.”
On Tuesday, Peabody hosted district opponent Gibson County and was able to win in four sets (23-25, 25-21, 25-13 and 25-10).
“After losing the first set, we refocused our efforts and played the next three sets with the skills and intensity I have been waiting for all season. Gibson County’s efforts in keeping the ball in play allowed us to get some great passes, which led to consistent successful setting, and a lot of attempted and successful kills. Our setters, senior Martina Roznovsky and sophomore Alexis Cobb were on target all night. Alexis led the team with 22 successful sets,” informed Coach Simmons.
Sophomore Caliah Anderson followed through with five-out-of-eight attempted kills. Junior Kyliyah Nesbitt and freshman Tristen Hankins contributed three kills each. The whole team contributed to the win. Sophomore and first year player Sarah Carlton came in for Emma-Claire Lawson after a second set injury and contributed five points in serving aces, along with senior Martina Roznovsky. Tristen Hankins led the team in overall serving points with 15, and Roznovsky added 12.
Thursday’s match scheduled at Lake County was canceled and a reschedule date has not been set.
Next, Peabody travels to Jackson (Tigrett) on Tuesday for matches against Madison (5 p.m.) and South Gibson County (6 p.m.) and hosts Halls on Thursday (6 p.m.).