Lady Chargers advance to state final four


Cailyn Brock

Senior Haley Caradine serves the ball against Corinth.

Jared Redding, Sports Editor

The Oxford Lady Chargers defended their home court once again, this was the final time doing so in 2016.

Oxford avenged last seasons playoff exit by sweeping the Corinth Lady Warriors 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-20). With the win, the Lady Chargers finish the season with a perfect 19-0 record at their home gym.

“Obviously we wanted to give a returned favor to Corinth from last year,” OHS head coach Tara Ross said. “Obviously the girls [Oxford] came out to play today and took it to them and have just been really focused. Obviously this is what they want, even when we got flaky there in a few games, they turned around and did what we did best.”

The Lady Chargers volleyball team are now two wins away from a state championship, something that the Lady Chargers have not won since 1998.

“The feeling in me right now, I’m so pumped up,” Maggee Hobson said. “It feels so good that we are going this far.”

The Lady Chargers came out hitting on all cylinders in the first set, quickly jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first set, resulting in Corinth calling their first timeout. Oxford didn’t let up, they extended their lead 15-1 later on in the first set. It was a dominant first set for the Lady Chargers, winning 25-10.

“I think we were just ready,” Ross said about the impressive first set for Oxford.

In the final two sets, the Lady Warriors made things interesting, but the Lady Chargers were too much to handle down the stretch. Oxford took the second and third sets by a score of 25-20.

Oxford will travel to Jackson on Friday, October 28 to take on the Ridgeland Lady Titans at Millsaps College in the Class II final four. The Lady Chargers swept Ridgeland in the annual Volley for the Cure tournament 2-0 (25-17, 25-16) earlier in the month of October. Should Oxford defeat the Lady Titans, they will compete the next day for the 2016 MHSAA Class II Volleyball State Championship. The Lady Chargers would play either Vancleve or Lewisburg.

“Just staying focused, just playing a full three sets, not take any time off, not making silly mistakes and really not trying to get too fancy,” Ross said about what her team needs to do to be successful in the final four. “All we got to do is the basics and we win.”