Nashville keeps Mississippi title hopes alive

Darren Kinnard

NASHVILLE — The Nashville Hornettes celebrated senior night by preventing Pinckneyville from clinching the SIRR Mississippi volleyball championship outright, while keeping their own hopes of grabbing a share of the title alive with a 9-25, 25-17, 25-22 win.

It was the second straight night the Hornettes had beaten one of the top three teams in the Volleyball Coaches’ Poll. It was also the second straight night for Nashville winning the second and third games after getting blasted in the opener.

Monday night, Nashville beat number one Centralia 14-25, 28-26, 25-23. Tuesday night similarly as the third-ranked Panthers dominated the first game, winning 25-9.

The Hornettes returned the favoring rolling in game two, setting up a battle in the decisive third. Nashville built a 19-11 lead only to watch Pinckneyville get back within two at 22-20 and 23-21. The Hornettes never allowed the Panthers to tie or regain the lead, eventually winning 25-22.

So with one game remaining it comes down to this Thursday night: Pinckneyville will claim the championship outright with a win at home over Carterville or a Nashville loss at Du Quoin. The Hornettes will grab a share of the title if they win and Pinckenyville loses Thursday night.