August 30, 2017 Edition

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Lady Mustangs win
Cave City Classic

Hoxie's Erika Hodge-King (foreground) connects with the ball as teammate Christin Barker moves toward the action during the Lady Mustangs' three-set victory over Piggott on Aug. 21 in their season opener.
Submitted Photo ~ Valerie Orrick

The Hoxie senior high volleyball team took first place at the Cave City Classic on Saturday. The Lady Mustangs won the tournament without dropping a set.

Hoxie opened pool play by defeating Heber Springs 25-14, 25-11, then downed Southside 25-16, 25-18 to advance to bracket play as the top seed.

In bracket play, the Lady Mustangs began with a rematch against Southside. Hoxie once again dispatched the Lady Southerners 26-24, 25-16 to set up a meeting with Walnut Ridge in the semifinals. Hoxie eliminated the Lady Bobcats in two sets, 25-14, 25-17 to advance to the championship match.

The Lady Mustangs faced Pocahontas in the finals and made short work of the Lady Redskins with a 25-9, 25-19 sweep to earn the title.

Two Hoxie players were honored following the tournament. Sydney Gillham was named the Most Valuable Player, and Kelsey Moody was named to the All-Tournament team.

Gillham finished with 43 digs, 35 kills, nine blocks, and was 39/41 serving, with three aces. Moody totaled 38 assists, 15 digs, 23 kills and was 39/40 serving, with six aces.

Also for Hoxie, Kayla Roberts had five digs, 13 kills, five blocks and eight aces. Christin Barker had 48 digs and was 26/26 serving. Kaitlin Henson had eight kills and five blocks. MacKenzie Orrick had 26 digs and was 38/40 serving, with three aces. Ellie Britt had 15 kills and eight blocks, and Emily Davis finished with 49 assists, five digs, seven kills and was 46/48 serving, with three aces.

Crowley's Ridge Academy

Hoxie traveled to Paragould on Aug. 22 to face the Crowley's Ridge Academy Lady Falcons.

Hoxie won the senior high match in five sets, 25-19, 13-25, 25-21, 9-25, 15-5.

Gillham had 11 digs, five kills, six blocks and an ace. Moody finished with 15 assists, six digs, five kills, a block and was 15/15 serving, with two aces. Roberts had three digs, four blocks and was 13/14 serving, with an ace. Barker tallied 11 digs and was 7/7 from the service line. Henson had two kills and three blocks. Orrick had 15 digs and was 13/13 from the service line. Britt had three digs, 10 kills and three blocks. Davis had eight digs and was 16/16 serving, with an ace.

The junior Lady Mustangs were also victorious, defeating CRA 25-14, 25-20.

Maya Mercado had three digs, three kills and a block. Kady Greer added three kills, and Olivia Palmer contributed two digs. Mya Pinkston was 5/5 serving, with two aces. Kailey Moody had five assists, a dig and was 17/17 serving, with three aces. Ellery Gillham had a dig, two kills and three aces. Chloe Prater had three digs and an ace, and Cara Forrester had a dig and was 5/5 serving.


Hoxie opened the 2017 season by defeating 3A-3 Conference rival Piggott 25-8, 25-15, 25-9 on Aug. 21 at Mustang Gym.

Gillham totaled five digs, 10 kills, two blocks and was 11/11 serving, with an ace. Moody had 16 assists, seven digs, five kills and was 25/25 serving, with 10 aces. Roberts tallied three digs, 10 kills and was 5/6 serving. Barker had 13 digs and was 9/9 serving, with an ace. Henson had two digs and two kills. Orrick finished with three digs and was 9/9 serving, with an ace. Emily Davis had 15 assists, four digs, three kills and was 6/6 serving.

Piggott won the junior high match 26-24, 25-20.

Mercado had five kills, a dig and three aces. Palmer had three digs, and Greer had a kill. Kailey Moody had eight assists, three digs and was 5/5 serving. Ellery Gillham had three digs, two kills and was 10/12 serving, with three aces. Prater added two digs and was 7/7 serving, with two aces, and Forrester was 5/5 from the service line.

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