The Southwood Lady Knight volleyball team traveled to Bremen Saturday to play in the class 2A semi-state. The Knights had a 12:30 date with Ft. Wayne Lures in hopes of having another shot at #2 Wapahani in the final game. A win against Luers would put the Knights in the state’s final four.
Wapahani fulfilled their part of the rematch, sweeping Wheeler in game one 25-12, 25-14, 25-21.
The youthful Knights showed a few jitters in the first game vs Luers, maybe playing not to lose instead of playing to win. After starting off to a 4-0 lead, Luers would rally with a 7-0 run to take a 9-6 lead and held on to beat Southwood 25-19 in game one.
After losing game one the Knights gained their composure and swept Luers the next three games 25-22, 25-20, 25-16 to win the match and earn a shot at Wapahani for the semi-state title and a berth at the state final game next Saturday.
Lexi Brickner : 8 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 dig
Sarah White : 2 service points, 7 digs
Emily Murphy : 6 kills, 1 solo block, 1 dig
Kristen Murphy : 5 kills, 5 solo blocks, 2 block assist, 1 dig
Amy Bowman : 6 service points, 1 ace, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 2 digs, 25 assist
Drew Rhamy : 12 service points, 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 8 digs, 1 assist
Alyssa Stout : 10 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 14 digs
Kaley Harness : 9 service points, 7 kills, 11 digs, 1 assist
Wapahani had defeated Southwood earlier in the year and broke the Muncie Burris win streak of 14 straight state titles in their sectional.
Just because Wapahani had defeated #1 Burris and were the highest ranked team left did not mean the Knights were going to just roll over.
Wapahani controlled the lead early, but a Kristen Murphy kill put the Knights up 10-9 and gained some valuable confidence. At 10-9 the two teams would trade blows with the lead changing 7 times by the time it was 20-20. The Knights would go on a 4-0 run with a kill from Kaley Harness and a block from Lexi Brickner to lead 24-20. Wapahani would score the next four points to knot the score at 24 and it was back and forth after that. Tied at 28 after a Drew Rhamy kill the Knights would score the next two points and win game one 30-28.
Wapahani would flex their muscle in the next two games, defeating the Knights 25-18 and 25-13, forcing the Knights to a due or die situation.
In game two Southwood had Wapahani tied at 18 before the Raiders went on a 7-0 run to end the game. In game three Southwood was down just 14-9 when a Raider 5-0 run put the game away.
In game four the Knights would show why they were also ranked in the top ten. Drew Rhamy had 4 kills in the first 7 points and was followed with kills from Kristen Murphy and Kaley Harness and Southwood led 12-8. Wapahani cut the lead to one point three times and eventually took a 22-21 lead. The Knights fought back and after a Alyssa Stout ace took the lead back at 23-22. The game would be tied at 24 and 25. Kaley Harness would record a kill and the Knights scored the next point to win game four 27-25.
It all boiled down to one game to 15 to decide who would make the trip to Ball State next Saturday for a chance at the state title.
Tied at 1, Wapahani would go on a 9-0 run to take a 10-1 lead, which was to much for the Knights to make up, losing game five 14-8 and the match 3-2.
The final scores were 30-28, 18-25, 13-25, 27-25, 8-15
Lexi Brickner : 5 service points, 6 kills, 3 digs
Sarah White : 8 service points, 1 ace, 4 digs
Emily Murphy : 13 kills, 1 block assist, 1 setting assist
Kristen Murphy : 11 kills, 2 solo blocks
Amy Bowman : 6 service points, 6 digs, 43 assist
Drew Rhamy : 5 service points, 1 ace, 13 kills, 8 digs
Alyssa Stout : 13 service points, 2 aces, 20 digs
Kaley Harness : 2 service points, 9 kills, 9 digs, 2 assist
The Knights end the season as one of the states final four teams with a 30-9 record.
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