The Southwood varsity volleyball team kept their non tourney record perfect Tuesday with a 25-7, 25-16, 25-21 sweep over Bluffton, improving to 6-2 on the year. Other than going 2-2 at the Plymouth Powerball Tourney Saturday, the Lady Knights have started the season with four straight sweeps.
In game one Southwood never let Bluffton score more than one point at a time in an easy 25-7 win. With the game tied at 2 the Knights would score four straight on the back of a Lexi Brickner kill. The Knights used another four point run and a three point run to build a 13-4 lead. At 13-5 Southwood turned the lights out. Drew Rhamy started a 6 point run that would open a 19-5 lead. Emilie Harnish would record two aces during the run. The Knights finished the game with a 5-0 run for the 25-7 win. The Tigers did not have an offensive point in the game.
After falling behind 3-1 in game two, a 5-0 run sparked by a tip from Sami White got the Knights going. Southwood built their lead to 17-8 when Bluffton would decide to make things interesting. The Tigers clawed their way back to 19-13 when Sarah Peters broke the scoring drouth with a kill. The Tigers would score three of the next four points to make it 21-16 before the Knights took control, scoring the last four to end the game. Harnish and Bailey Hobbs had kills down the stretch.
Game three was a see saw battle, as the Tigers were not ready to roll over. Southwood went up 4-2 on kills from Brickner and Harnish, but could not shake Bluffton. With Southwood up 10-7, Bluffton would score 7 of the next 10 points to take a 14-13 lead. Amy Bowman had a tip kill to tie the game, forcing the Tigers in to some mental errors that gave the Knights a 17-14 lead. Bluffton kept it close at 18-17 when the Knights seniors took over. Lexi Brickner recorded two kills along with a kill from Drew Rhamy to open a 23-18 lead. A kill down the home stretch by Kaitlyn Murphy helped the Knights to a 25-21 win.
Lexi Brickner had 8 service points, 2 aces, 10 kills, 7 digs, 3 assist. Delayne Gentry had 5 service points, 6 digs, 1 assist. Sami White had 8 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 11 assist, 3 digs. Bailey Hobbs had 1 kill, 1 dig. Sarah Peters had 4 kills. Kaitlyn Murphy had 11 kills. Emilie Harnish had 8 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills, 6 digs. Amy Bowman had 9 service points, 1 ace, 2 kills, 6 digs, 14 assist. Drew Rhamy had 5 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 1 assist, 17 digs. Bailey Lundmark had 1 kill.
Southwood is at Marion Thursday.