It was a Wabash county final four at the North Miami volleyball sectional Saturday. Southwood was the heavy favorite going in and the Lady Knights showed why. In the morning session Southwood ousted Manchester 25-10, 25-15, 25-8. In the second game Wabash got by Northfield 25-16, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20. That set up a Southwood/Wabash final.
In game one of the championship Wabash showed no intimidation of Southwood taking the early lead. As in most games the Lady Knights play there is a run in it somewhere. With Wabash leading 8-7 Southwood went on a 9-0 run behind the serving of Celeste McCormick to go up 16-8. McCormick had four aces during the run. After a kill from Kelsie Thomas made it 18-10 the Lady Knights scored four straight to put it out of reach, 22-10. McCormick had two kills down the stretch for the final score of 25-16.
Southwood would take off to a 4-1 lead to start game two, but Wabash faught back to 4-3 with a block from Gabi Nearing and Kelsey Cromer. The game would stay tight for the next few points. At 9-7 the run came again. This time it was a 8-0 run to put Southwood up 17-7. Kristen Murphy, McCormick and Meagan Chittick all had kills during the run. Abby Kirk had two aces. McCormick, Mindy Metz and Murphy would all have kills down the stretch for the 25-14 win.
In game three Southwood took off quick again, going up 6-1 behind two Chittick kills. Wabash would fight back, trailing 7-5 after a kill and an ace from Kaleigh Hensley. Game three would be a series of small runs. Taking advantage of four straight Wabash errors the Lady Knights went up 11-5. After a tip from Abby Harness put Southwood up 12-6 Wabash woulf fight back again. After a kill from Cromer and a double block from Kelsie Thomas and Kyleigh Hampton it was 12-10. After two Murphy kills it was 14-11. At 18-14 Harness would have back to back kills to make it 20-14. Then came the run. with the score 20-15 the Lady Knights would go on a 5-0 run to end the night. Katelyn Smith had two aces during the run.
Katelyn Smith 7 service points, 3 aces, 1 dig
Meghan Binkerd 11 service points, 5 aces, 1 kill, 7 digs, 22 assists
Kristen Murphy 7 kills, 1 dig
Rachael Bridegroom 1 service point, 11 digs, 1 assist
Mindy Metz 3 service points, 3 kills, 9 digs
Celeste McCormick 10 service points, 5 aces, 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig
Abby Harness 6 kills, 2 digs
Abby Kirk 8 service points, 2 aces, 7 digs, 1 kill
Meagan Chittick 5 kills, 1 block, 2 digs
Heather Rapp 4 service points, 1 dig