Southwood Volleyball Downs Eastern 25-5, 25-12, 25-11

Some wondered how Southwood would perform without their lost seniors, Hannah Kirk and Mallory Harnish. The new seniors and supporting cast wasted no time letting fans know it was not a re-building year, just reloading. The Lady Knights quickly disposed Eastern in the first game 25-5 to set the tone.

In game one the Lady Knights quickly built a 14-1 lead behind kills from Celeste McCormick, Abby Harness and Mindy Metz. Back to back aces by Metz made it 18-2. At 19-5, with Katelyn Smith serving two aces, the Lady Knights ran off six straight points to take game one 25-5. Southwood’s defense gave up just one, two point run to Eastern in the game.

Game two started a little different, with Eastern leading 2-1. With Meagan Chittick serving the Lady Knights ran off eight straight points, behind two McCormick kills and a Harness tip to lead 9-2.  Eastern would cut the lead to 14-10 before Southwood would go on a couple small runs, making it 17-10. At 17-11, Abby Harness and her sister Kaley each had a kill, plus a Chittick ace to make it 22-11. The Harness sisters would combine one more time, Kaley a kill and Abby a tip to finish game two 25-12.

Game three started with a combination of plays. A Mindy Metz kill, a Emily Murphy kill, two Abby Kirk aces, a McCormick kill and another Murphy kill and the Lady Knights were quickly up 6-0.  Southwood built the lead to 9-1 before Eastern would mount a small come back, making it 9-6.  McCormick collected back to back kills to make it 11-6. At 11-7 Southwood would go on one of their patented runs behind three straight Rachael Bridegroom aces, two Chittick kills and a tip to make it 18-7. At 20-9 the Murphy sisters took over, Kristen and Mindy Metz had a double block, followed by a Emilykill, a Kristen kill and then two Emily kills to end the game 25-11

Katelyn Smith                                   7 service points, 4 aces, 3 digs

Meghan Binkerd                              13 service points, 4 aces, 1 kill, 32 assists, 5 digs

Kristen Murphy                                 4 kills, 1 block,

Rachael Bridegroom                     7 service points, 3 aces, 5 digs

Mindy Metz                                        3 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 5 digs

Celeste McCormick                         2 service points, 7 kills, 4 blocks, 4 digs

Abby Harness                                   6 kills, 4 digs

Kaley Harness                                  3 kills

Abby Kirk                                          9 service points, 3 aces, 16 digs , 1 assist

Meagan Chittick                           11 service points, 3 aces, 5 kills, 2 digs

Emily Murphy                                5 kills

Alyssa Stout                                     2 service points, 1 ace, 3 digs

I opologize for the yellow-ish pictures. My flash is in for repair.