By Thomas Sellers Jr.
As of Sept. 11, the Millington Lady Trojan Volleyball team stood atop the District 14-3A standings.
Millington improved to 2-0 in league play dominating the Craigmont Lady Chiefs in the William Osteen Gymnasium 25-12, 25-13 and 25-14. Seniors like Elizabeth Woodard and Jaymie Chism agreed there is one key factor for the good start in district play.
“Our teamwork, it was a team effort,” Woodard said. “We have the talent, we just have to work on pulling together as a team. If we do, we can see good results like this every time.”
In years past the Lady Trojans would complete the District 14-3A schedule with maybe one win. But this season the Lady Trojans jumped out to a 4-6 record in their first 10 games with victory over league foes Bolton and Craigmont included.
Last week Millington got off to a good start against the Lady Chiefs winning the first set 25-12. Then Chism kept the consistent play going in the second set with two aces to give the Lady Trojans a 4-1 advantage.
Then her teammates Woodard and Lindsey Sailors scored points at the net to make the tally 7-4. Craigmont fought back to make the score 11-9.
Then Millington junior Sierra Williams stopped the Lady Trojans momentum with a well-placed tip. Williams then took control of the service still pinpointing the ball.
She hit back-to-back aces that made the score 15-9. Then fellow junior Ariel Trice helped put the second set away scoring on a tip and hit. Millington prevailed 25-13 to go ahead two sets.
“We’re finally working as a team more than we have been,” Chism said. “Before, we’ve been having bad attitudes left and right. We weren’t working together. Now I feel like we’re working together like we should be.”
The teamwork continued in the third and final set when Millington outscored Craigmont 20-9 after the match started 5-5.
Woodard served up an ace that sparked the run. Tierra Ford was a standout in the third set with two aces and scoring on a tip and kill.
Chism made the score 22-14 with an ace and served out the match. With the final 25-14, the Lady Trojans were 2-0 under new Head Coach Lisa Drumm in district play.
“This the first time in a long time we’ve had more than just one district win,” Chism noted.
And she added the key is teamwork and the younger players doing their part on and off the court.
“Katie Dupree is helping,” Chism said. “She always has a positive attitude and she gets the ball. And Megan Sands, whenever she’s out there on the court, she rarely has a mistake.”
Woodard said the Millington seniors want to have a great 2012 season and make sure future years will be just as successful.
“It’s important because we want to leave here making a big impact on the underclassmen,” she concluded. “We want them to be just as competitive and talented as we are today for the future.”