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Three local teams compete in tournament

Franklinton, Pine and Varnado competed in the Pearl River High School Tournament, which occurred Saturday.

The six-team event featured two Pools A and B with three in each.

Franklinton, Varnado and Springfield were in the Pool A with Pine, Pearl River and Hammond in Pool B.

Springfield captured the tournament with a 25-16, 23-25, 15-7 win over the host school. Franklinton recorded a 1-2 record in the tournament. The Lady Demons began by falling to Springfield 25-11, 25-20 before topping Varnado 25-16, 26-24. The final match for FHS was a 25-15, 25-11 setback against the host school and the tournament’s runner-up team.

Franklinton coach Leslie McGhee said it wasn’t a good weekend for her team, but said the Lady Demons are constantly improving.

Pine began with a 25-19, 25-10 loss to Pearl River.

Pine coach Tammy Voth said the Lady Rebels were a very strong team.

“We played well in our first set, but we just weren’t consistent in the second,” Voth said.

The Lady Raiders’ next match was a 25-16, 25-23 loss to Hammond.

“We played much better when we played Hammond,” Voth said.

“I think if we could have gotten control of our nerves a little sooner we could have won against both teams. We are a young team and still experience nervousness when we begin matches. When we learn to have confidence in our team we are going to be successful.”

The final match for Pine was a 25-10, 25-20 victory over Varnado.

Rachael Williams tallied 16 spikes for Pine, while Carley Ladner finished with four spikes, two digs and two blocks. Karley Voth tallied eight spikes, three digs and two aces. Kaitlin Nave totaled two spikes and a dig with Lacie Fletcher posting two aces and three spikes. Callie Blackwell had an ace and a dig.

Varnado finished with an 0-3 record. VHS had the losses to Franklinton and Pine to start and end. The middle contest was a 25-2, 25-4 setback against Springfield.