Oak Grove volleyball striving for more

Oak Grove volleyball striving for more

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - One step into one of Oak Grove's gyms and it's clear whose house it is. For about a year it has been home to one of the state's top volleyball programs.

The Warriors players are not taking it for granted.

"It's been awesome to have this building," Oak Grove senior Rhyan Plumlee said. "It's made everything so much easier. We used to share a building with basketball. We'd have to work out schedules and either practice real late at night."

After back-to-back trips to the Class 6A south state title game, it would be easy to take winning for granted as well. But that has not been the case for these Warriors.

The squad is 22-3 on the year 5-0 in district play. All this while getting adjusted to a new coach in Celeste Vial who came over from Presbyterian Christian High School.  

"The girls would be hard working," Vial said of her mindset before accepting the position. "I knew that they were not successful last year in achieving their goal of going to state. I just thought that if there is anything I could do to help them get there I would be willing to do it."

Breleigh Favre, the daughter of pro football hall of famer Brett Favre, said the transition has gone well.

"She's implementing a lot of new things this season," Favre said. "But everything has really helped us I think. She's really positive all the time and encouraging."

With the facilities and support in place, Vial knows she and her players are in a unique situation. The Oak Grove volleyball facility comes complete with a video board and separate room for film and recovery purposes.

"It's a tremendous blessing," Vial said. "We are so fortunate. I don't know of any other school in the country that has a facility as such."

Three games remain in the regular season for the Warriors. Soon, their quest to deliver a state title to their supporters will begin.

"We come every day and we're ready to get better every single day," Plumlee said. "We come in. We're focused and we have a focused mindset."

Remaining Oak Grove schedule

Sept. 29-at Brandon

Oct. 6-vs. Ocean Springs

Oct. 11- vs. Our Lady Academy