The Southwood volleyball team was looking for their fifth straight sectional title and revenge from a regular season loss to Northfield. The Norse were looking to stop the Southwood dominance of sectional 37. The last time the Knights did not win the sectional was 2006, when they were defeated by Northfield.
It was a classic inter county battle and although the Knights won in four games 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-7 they knew they had been in a battle. Emotions were running high with fist pumps on every point and both benches clearing with enjoyment on every point.
Southwood scored the first two points of the game, but Northfield quickly erased that lead and it would see saw to a 10-10 tie. The big hitters were dominating the play. Kristen Murphy, Lexi Brickner and Drew Rhamy scored for the Knights. Kylie Echard, Elaina Terrell and Tori Snyder for the Norse. Tied at 10, Southwood went ona 5-0 run and scored 6 of the next 7 points to take a 16-11 lead. Kaley Harness had an ace for the Knights. Northfield would come right back with their own 5-0 run to tie the score at 16. A 4-0 run and two 3-0 runs by the Knights down the stretch, finished off by three Harness kills, secured game one for the Knights 25-19.
Southwood jumped out to a quick 5-2 lead in game two, but two aces from Elaina Terrell tied the score for the Norse at 5. The Knights would run again, scoring 7 of the next 8 points behind Drew Rhamy and Southwood led 12-6. The Norse clawed their way back with kills from Terrell, Echard and Kendal Reed, cutting the lea to one at 17-16. The two teams would slug back and forth, with Southwood winning game two 25-22.
Down 2-0 the Lady Norse could have just rolled over and it looked like that could happen at the start. Southwood jumped out to a quick lead, but the Norse went on a roll with Haley Walchle and Echard controlling the net and the Norse built a 13-8 lead. The lead would stay at 4 to 5 points and the Norse eventually ended game three with a block from Tori Snyder and Kylie Echard, 25-21.
As tight as the first three games were, no one in the gym expected what happened in game four. The Knights would score the first four points of the game, 3 of them on blocks before Echard had a kill to make it 4-1. After Rhamy and Terrell traded kills it was 8-3 and the Southwood offense caught fire. The Knights went on a 6-0 run behind three Rhamy kills and a kill and a block from Kristen Murphy and just like that it was 14-3. After a couple Northfield points the Knights went on a 5-0 run, again led by Rhamy to lead 18-5. A Walchle kill made it 18-6 and the third Knight run came. This time it was 6-0. Kills from Harness and Kristen Murphy, an ace from Amy Bowman and a block from the Murphy sisters and Southwood ran away with game four 25-7 to win the sectional.
Lexi Brickner 14 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 2 solo blocks, 3 block assists, 1 assist,
Sarah White 2 service points,6 digs, 1 assist
Emily Murphy 7 kills, 4 solo blocks, 3 block assist, 1 dig
Kristen Murphy 8 kills, 3 solo blocks, 2 block assists, 3 dig
Amy Bowman 5 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 2 block assists, 37assists, 9 digs,
37 assists, 1 block assist
Drew Rhamy 8 service points, 3 aces, 14 kills, 12 digs, 1 assist
Alyssa Stout 10 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 4 assists, 26 digs
Kaley Harness 10 service points, 1 ace, 10 kills, 1 solo block, 1 assist, 17 digs
VARSITY RECORD: 28 – 8 TRC RECORD: 6 – 1
Southwood will host the regional Tuesday against the Dephi/Seeger winner
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