The Southwood Lady Knight volleyball team took out Lewis Cass in the first round of the North Miami sectional Thursday night 25-19, 25-15, 25-14. The heavy favorite to win the sectional looked a little sluggish getting started, struggling with a team they had beaten soundly earlier in the season.
In game one the Lady Knights took a quick 2-0 lead before Cass decided to make it a game. Cass came back to take a 3-2 lead and held that lead, building it to 10-7. The Lady Knights tied the score five times, but could not get over the hump. Southwood finally took the lead at 14-12 behind kills from Kristen Murphy and Meagan Chittick. Cass tied it at 14 and then came the run. It was a 5-0 run that gave them control. A block from Celeste McCormick and Abby Harness, an ace from Meghan Binkerd and kills from McCormick and Chittick and just like that it was 19-14. McCormick, Chittick and Mindy Metz would control the net and lead the Knights to a 25-19 win.
Game two would start much the same way with Southwood taking the early lead, only to have Cass come back and build it to 10-7. Kills from Metz, Murphy and Binkerd and it was all tied at 11. With Abby Kirk serving the Lady Knights stuck in the dagger with a 7-0 run to put it away. Kirk had three aces during the run. Southwood would go on another 4-0 run, ending with a tip to the corner by Binkerd to go up 22-12. Metz had a kill down the stretch and Southwood was up 2-0 with a 25-15 win.
In game three things started to click as the Lady Knights took the lead from the start and never looked back. It was a game of small runs. Leading 8-7 it went to 11-7, then leading 13-9 it went to 17-9 and the final run was a 4-0 run that ended with a block by the Murphy sisters to end the game 25-14. McCormick recorded four kills in the game along with kills from Metz, Murphy and Harness and blocks from the Murphy sisters and Alyson Adams.
Katelyn Smith 4 service points, 3 digs
Meghan Binkerd 11 service points, 4 aces, 4 kills, 9 digs, 29 assists, 2 blocks
Kristen Murphy 8 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs
Rachael Bridegroom 1 service point, 3 digs, 1 assist
Mindy Metz 5 service points, 5 kills, 7 digs
Celeste McCormick 3 service points, 2 aces, 8 kills, 3 blocks
Abby Harness 5 kills, 2 blocks
Abby Kirk 16 service points, 6 aces, 15 digs, 2 assists
Meagan Chittick 6 kills
Alyson Adams 1 block
Heather Rapp 3 service points