Lady Norse/Knights To Play In Sectional Final

The semi finals of the North Miami volleyball sectional were Saturday morning and afternoon with Northfield taking on Oak Hill and Southwood battling Wabash. In the first match of the day the Lady Norse took care of Oak Hill 25-9, 26-28, 25-14, 25-8. Southwood would then out dual Wabash 25-22, 25-15, 25-20 for the right to meet Northfield for the sectional championship.

In the forst game for Northfield it was a game of runs, as the Norse easily won game one. With the game tied at 4 the Norse would get two kills from Tori Snyder in a 5-0 run to take a 9-4 lead. The Norse would then score 9 of the next 12 points to open the lead to 18-7. Again it was Snyder with two kills. At 18-9 a 7-0 run ended the game 25-9. Kylie Echard had three kills with Elaina Terrill adding two.

In game two the Norse had problems getting the motor running. With a four point run Northfield took a 17-13 lead and looked like they were going to cruise to a 2-0 lead when Oak Hill found some go juice, battling back to take the Norse to overtime and upsetting Northfield 26-28.

With game two waking the Norse up they would bury the hatchet early. Behind Echard and Terrill the Norse built a 15-4 lead, later getting two aces from Arie Kennedy to increase the lead to 20-6 on their way to a 25-14 win. Holly Dyson ended the game with a kill.

Up 2-1 with all the momentum the Norse would start on fire in game four, racing out to a 7-0 lead. Elaina Terrill had three kills, with Echard adding two and Liz Howenstine one. Abigail Poole had an ace. The Norse held Oak Hill to just one point at a time until 15-2 when the Eagles scored three straight. Again with Poole serving the Norse would run, going on to a 25-8 win and the right to play for the sectional championship.

The second game of the day matched Southwood and Wabash. In a 3-0 win for the Knights it was much closer than a sweep.

The two teams would see saw early with Wabash having the largest lead at 11-7. At that point the Knights would catch fire, scoring six straight to take a 13-11 lead. With the nerves at a high level, only 7 total points were scored by the offenses. The game was tied at 15 when the Knights would make another run. Drew Rhamy would get a kill to start a 5-0 run to give Southwood a 20-15 lead. Not willing to fold the Lady Apaches would find Lyndsie Thomas who recorded three kills in a Wabash 4-2 run to cut the lead to 22-19. After a Southwood point Wabash would force three straight Southwood miscues and the Knights lead was cut to 23-22. The Knights would then go to Lexi Brickner who pounded a kill and then a tip to win game one 25-22.

Southwood would get off to a quick start in game two which ended up being the cushion they needed. Kills from Kaitlyn Murphy and Drew Rhamy topped off by two Sami White aces gave the Knights a 4-0 lead. Behind Rhamy and Brickner Southwood would increase their lead to 11-4. The Apaches would chip away with kills from Kristin Cromer and Thomas to cut the Southwood lead to 14-10 before the Knights would run again. Amy Bowman would start an 8-1 run that was aided by two Lexi Brickner blocks to jump out to a 22-11 lead. Wabash would score four straight with Claire Cromer serving two aces to make it 22-15 before the Knights scored the last three for a 22-15 win.

The Knights would lead early in game three. At 6-4 it would be Wabash who found the hot hand, scoring six straight to lead the Knights 10-6. Kyleigh Hampton had a kill during the run. With Wabash leading 15-12, Lexi Brickner would get a kill for Southwood that started a 6-0 run to give Southwood an 18-15 lead. Neither team would score more than two points at a time the remainder of the game as Southwood won game three 25-20 and the right to play Northfield in the sectional championship.

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