After losing 7 seniors that set numerous school records and had a state runner up under their belt, one would wonder if the Southwood Lady Knight volleyball team could recover from such a loss.
With just two seniors on this years team youth and inexperience would have to prevail. With the Tom Finacle system still in tact the Lady Knights started the season Tuesday night on the road at Eastern and calmly swept the Lady Comets 25-18, 25-14, 25-17.
In game one Southwood started a little shaky, learning new positions as coach Finacle shouted instructions. The Lady Knights built an early 4 point lead and held it through out most the match. With Eastern closing the lead to 18-14 Drew Rhamy had a kill that sparked a small run capped off by kills from Kaley Harness and Emily Murphy to take a 23-17 lead and prevail 25-18.
In game two Southwood dominated from the start with Kristen Murphy controlling the net with 2 kills and a block to give Southwood a 6-1 lead. Eastern clawed their way back to within 8-6 before Southwood went on an 8-0 run to make it 16-6. Lexi Brickner had a key block to ignite the run. Kristen Murphy held serve during the run. Up 19-12 Alyssa Stout served 4 straight points to put the Lady Knights up 23-12 and go on to win 25-14.
Again in game 3 Southwood came out a little sluggish. Eastern took the early lead and built the lead to 9-6 before Southwood would battle back. At 10-9 Eastern had a monster spike, but Kaley Harness straight armed a return back for a point to tie the game. The two teams battle back and forth before the Murphy sisters had a double block to lift Southwood to a 13-12 lead. The Lady Knights never looked back, slowly building the lead to 23-16 and winning 25-17.
Lexi Brickner : 2 blocks, 2 kills, 2 assist
Sarah White : 6 digs
Emily Murphy : 7 service points, 4 aces, 7 kills, 1 block, 3 block assist, 4 digs
Kristen Murphy : 9 service points, 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 block assist, 4 digs
Amy Bowman : 2 service points, 2 kills, 5 digs, 20 assist
Drew Rhamy : 3 service points, 6 kills, 15 digs, 1 assist
Alyssa Stout : 14 service points, 2 aces, 11 digs, 1 assist
Kaley Harness : 8 service points, 1 ace, 5 kills, 9 digs