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.