Vancleave volleyball eyes fourth straight crown

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Three high school volleyball teams from the Gulf Coast are now just one win away from taking home a gold ball.

One of them being the Vancleave Lady Bulldogs, state champions three times running.

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They look just as strong as ever, heading into Saturday’s 4A title match against Pontotoc, having run the table three sets to none in playoff matches against Florence, Stone, and Bay High.

After Tuesday’s South State title game sweep, the celebration was very lowkey because the defending champs aren’t done yet.  Head Coach Christina Daigle said, “In the huddle, I said alright, congrats on South State. Now let’s get ready to work hard so we know that it’s going to be a much tougher game than we’ve faced in the playoffs for state. So, we’re re-focused, we’re ready to work hard and we’re going to expect a 6A level team and that’s how we’re going to play.”

Outside hitter Eve Mixon and Right setter Julianah Overstreet said, “I think as long as we go in strong, Vancleave volleyball. Vancleave volleyball, head strong. At the beginning of the season we struggled with our mental game, and as long as we go in there mentally tough, I think we’ve got it under wraps. And humble, very humble because you never know what going to happen.”

The Lady Bulldogs are 27-6 overall heading into the final game of the year.

Overall, three Coast teams are still alive in the chase for a high school volleyball state championship. All the action goes down Saturday with Long Beach taking on Lake Cormorant at 6 p.m. at Madison Central, Vancleave at Pontotoc at 3 p.m. at Clinton, and Resurrection Catholic against Hickory Flat at noon at Madison Central.