Building confidence was the key to a 5A MHSAA state title for the girls’ volleyball team at Center Hill High School, according to Coach Robbie Veazey.
“When I came in last year, these girls did not have a lot of confidence,” Veazey said. “They did not expect to win. I told them they needed to expect to win. This year, they bought into that concept. They were not going to be denied.”
A strong playoff run earned the Lady Mustangs their first state title. It ended with a 3-1 Class 5A state finals victory over Long Beach in the championship at Mississippi State University on October 26th.
In the last few years, MHSAA state volleyball has become a Final Four event. For Center Hill, this was their first trip to reach the finals.
The state champions were recognized by the Board of Education at the regular December board meeting. CHHS Principal Doug Payne introduced the winning team and complimented Coach Veazey for her tireless efforts.
“Coach Veazey did not have an assistant. She drove their bus, washed their uniforms and taught them to be state champions. She did a terrific job,” Payne said.