Southwood senior Kaley Harness signed her national letter of intent Wednesday to play volleyball at Indiana University Kokomo(IUK).
Harness said she chose IUK because she liked the campus and wanted an IU degree. Playing at Kokomo is close to home so her parents and grandparents can still see her play a lot. Kaley will be studying graphic design with a minor in business.
Kaley was first team all conference this year. While at Southwood Kaley was part of four TRC championships, competed in four class 2A final fours, winning four sectionals and four regionals along with playing for the state championship in 2009.
Both Harness and coach Hayes expect immediate playing time for Kaley.
The Cougars are coached by Heather Hayes. Hayes said she ” really likes how dynamic Kaley is. Particularly I love how competitive she is and how that determined attitude shows in how she approaches and plays the game.”
Pictured front row L-R : Oleda Harness(grandmother), Sandra Harness(mother), Kaley Harness, Tim Harness(father), Ellis Harness(grandfather).
Back Row L-R : Southwood A.D. Tom Finicle, IUK coach Heather Hayes
Southwood senior voleyball player Emily Murphy competed in the north-south all star game this weekend.
The south won the contest, but Murphy made a great contribution for the north.
North. 32, 20, 11
South. 30, 25, 15
Emily Murphy ( Southwood). 5 kills,3 digs, 7 service points, 1 ace, 2
assists , 1 solo block
Kaitlyn Sawyer ( Rochester) 7 kills, 7 digs,6 service points, 1 solo block
Southwood senior Emily Murphy was named to the Indiana North All-Star Volleyball team Sunday in Class 1A-2A and will play this Sunday in the North-South All-Star match in Indianapolis.
Southwood senior Emily Murphy has been selected to the ”first team all state” in 2A volleyball by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association(ICGSA).
Murphy, a four year letter winner for the Lady Knights help lead Southwood to their sixth straight sectional title, fifth straight regional title and second trip in a row to the final four.
Southwood volleyball coach Tom Finicle has been selected 2A North coach of the year for the 2012 season by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association(ICGSA). This is the second year in a row for Finicle to win the award.
Finicle led the Lady Knights to the final four for the second straight season, before falling to #1 ranked Wapahani.
Heading in to Saturday’s Bremen semi-state the Southwood volleyball team had made it to the final eight. With larger goals in mind the Lady Knights stepped on to the floor Saturday morning to face Adams Central to play for a berth in the 2A final four.
Wanting to set the tone early, the Lady Knights did not want to give Adams Central any idea they could play with them. The Knights took off fast after a Katie Stoffer block got them started and jumped out to a quick 10-5 lead. At 10-6 Lexi Brickner would start a 6-0 run with two kills and end the run with two aces to give the Knights a 16-6 lead. A balanced Southwood attack seemed to much for the Jets as the Knights cruised to a game one 25-13 win.
As fast as things were good they went bad in game two, falling behind 8-3 before rallying their way back to an 11-10 lead. Again Brickner got things started, with Drew Rhamy and Kaley Harness adding kills during a 5-0 run. The Lady Jets would not go away, scoring five of the next seven points to take a 15-13 lead and held the lead to 22-21 when the Knights called time out. Coming out of the time out, Brickner would continue her dominance at the net with a kill and Kaley Harness added a kill to give Southwood a 24-22 lead. Much to everyone’s surprise Adams Central would go on a 4-0 run to stun the Knights 26-24 and tie the Knights at one game each.
The Knights would regroup in game three and get a good start behind Harness and Emily Murphy to take a 10-6 lead and continue to build the lead to 16-8 and 20-9. Harness and Murphy were controlling the net as the Knights would dominate game three 25-13 and lead 2-1.
After falling behind 2-0 to start game four the Knights reeled off six straight to lead 6-2. Harness had a kill and two aces during the run, while Stouffer and Murphy had a block. The Lady Jets would inch their way back, eventually tying the game at 12 and hanging with the Knights at 19-18 until a three point run made it 22-18. Adams Central cut it to 22-20 before a Murphy block, a Harness ace and a Stouffer block ended the game at 25-20 to send the Lady Knights to the final four and a berth in the semi-state championship game.
The Lady Knights would get another shot at #1 Wapahani in the championship game as the Raiders swept Rochester to get to the final. The rematch would not go as planned, as the Raider power game was just to much for the Lady Knights, falling 16-23, 14-23, 20-25.
The Knights showed some spark early as they went to Emily Murphy who had two kills and after a Katie Stouffer block were tied at six. Wapahani would then go to work, scoring five of the next six points to go up 11-7 and in small bites built their lead to 20-14 before going on a 5-1 run to end game one at 25-16.
The Knights played better early in game two, but two Raider runs were the dagger. Southwood went up 1-0 on a Harness ace and had leads of 3-2 and 5-4 before a Drew Rhamy three point run gave Southwood an 8-5 lead. Rhamy had two kills and an ace during the run. With the Knights up 9-7 the first Raider run came. Wapahani would score six straight to go up 13-9 and force a Knight time out. Southwood would cut the lead to 13-12 with a kill from Harness and an ace from Amy Bowman and hung with the Raiders to 14-16. With everything going their way, Wapahani would go on a 9-0 run to end the game at 25-14 and led 2-0.
Game three would be a see saw battle, with runs being the deciding factor. With Wapahani up 5-3 the Knights would make the first run, scoring five straight to take an 8-5 lead. Murphy and Harness had kills and Rhamy two aces during the run. With Southwood up 9-7 it was a Wapahani run. The Raiders would take off on a 9-1 run that gave them a 16-10 lead and led 19-12 when the Lady Knights made one more push. A Lexi Brickner kill ignited a 5-0 run that had three Drew Rhamy kills to close the gap to 19-17. A Wapahani run extended the lead back to 23-17 when Brickner and Rhamy had kills to make it 23-20. Two Raider kills would end the night, winning game three 25-20 and the match 3-0.
The Lady Knights had made it to the final four for the second year in a row.
The Southwood Lady Knights are playing in the Bremen semi-state Saturday. The Knights have won five straight regionals and are looking for their second trip to the state final game.
The Lady Knights (25-12) are ranked # 8 in 2A and take on Adams Central (22-8) in the first game Saturday and are followed by #1 Wapahani (30-4) taking on #7 Rochester (30-8).
Southwood won their regional over Clinton Central 25‐21, 25‐18, 25‐16. Adams Central beat Westview 25‐24, 25‐13, 25‐20. Wapahani defeated #3 Madison Grant 25‐16, 25‐14, 25‐20. Rochester won over #5 Wheeler 22‐25, 27‐25, 25‐13, 21‐25, 18‐16.
Southwood and Rochester are from the TRC.
This year Southwood has defeated Rochester and lost to Wapahani. The Lady Knights were knocked off by Wapahani in last years semi-state final.
Wapahani is the defending state 2A champion.
The Southwood Lady Knight volleyball team traveled just south of the metropolis of Michigantown Tuesday to battle Clinton Central for the regional title. The Lady Knights played with power and finesse in route to a three game sweep of the Lady Bulldogs 25-21, 25-18, 25-16.
The Knights would serve first and went right to flame thrower Kaley Harness, who delivered and ace to get things rolling. After going up 3-1 Southwood had a minor lapse as Clinton Central went on a 8-2 run to lead the Lady Knights 9-5. Calming their nerves the Knights went to work. Lexi Brickner had a tip for a kill to get things rolling and was followed by a kill from Harness, a block from Katie Stouffer and an ace from Amy Bowman to take a 12-10 lead. Not letting up Southwood went to lefty Emily Murphy who pounded home two kills and with a block from Drew Rhamy and another kill from Brickner led 17-12. Clinton Central would not go away and with the Knights leading 22-20 Bowman would serve another ace and Murphy would record a kill to win game one 25-21.
After falling behind 1-0 to start game two the Lady Knights took control. Kaley Harness nailed a kill that sparked a six kill run to put the Knights up 7-1. During the run Emily Murphy had four kills and Drew Rhamy one. With the Knights up 15-7 after a block from Katie Stouffer and Amy Bowman, Clinton Central would score five straight to get back in the game with Southwood leading 15-12. The Bulldogs would close the gap to 17-16 before the Knights stopped their momentum. Kills from Murphy and Rhamy got the lead back to 20-16 before two Bulldog points. After a Murphy kill gave the Knights the serve back, enter serving specialist Jordan Vielee. Vielee would serve two aces as the Knights scored the last four points to win game two 25-18 and lead 2-0.
After deflating most of the air from Clinton Central the Lady Knights needed to keep the pedal to the metal, with no letdowns and that’s just what they did. The Knights built a 9-4 lead with two kills from Murphy and two aces from Rhamy to get the race to the finish started. Up 14-8 the Bulldogs had one last push, scoring four straight to close the gap to 14-12. At 16-14 the Knights turned out the lights on broadway. Lexi Bricker had two kills along with a kill from Rhamy in a four point run to lead 20-14. At 20-16 Brickner would record a kill and a block that was followed by an ace from Rhamy and a kill from Harness, before forcing a Bulldog error to end game three 25-16 and the night 3-0.
Lexi Brickner 5 service points, 14 kills, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 5 digs
Katie Stouffer 3 solo blocks, 1 kill
Sarah White 9 service points, 1 assist, 4 digs
Emily Murphy 13 kills, 1 assist, 1 solo block, 1 assist, 5 digs
Jordan Vielee 9 service points, 2 aces, 2 digs
Amy Bowman 5 service points, 2 aces, 29 assists, 12 digs, 2 block assists
Drew Rhamy 7 service points, 3 aces, 8 kills, 1 assist, 10 digs
Kaley Harness 10 service points, 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 assists, 14 digs
The Lady Knights now advance to the Bremen semi-state on Saturday
Game one at 11:00 will be Southwood vs Adams Central
Game two is Wapahani vs Rochester
The two winners play Saturday evening for the right to play in the state championship game.