Manchester didn’t make it easy, but the Southwood volleyball team completed a sweep of the county Thursday with a 25-22, 25-13, 25-20 win over the Squires.
In game one Southwood would jump out to an 8-4 lead getting two kills from Bailey Hobbs and one from Katelyn Murphy, but the Lady Squires would respond. Madison Isbell would get a kill along with an ace from Rae Bedke to cut the lead to 8-7. At 10-9 Sami White would tip a shot to the middle that started a 5-0 run to give the Knights a 15-9 lead. Hobbs and Murphy each had a kill with Sarah Peters recording two kills, but the pesky Squires wouldn’t go away. Manchester would go to Cierra Carter and Kendra Binkley for kills and cut the lead to 19-16 after a Kaitlyn Parrett ace. Bailey Lundnmark would then get in on the action for the Knights with two kills as they increased the lead to 22-17 when the Squires made another surge. A kill and a block for Corrie Osborne cut the lead to 22-20 and at 24-22 Murphy would pound one home for the 25-22 win.
The Knights got off to a good start in game two as Peters and White scored and were up 8-6 when they would score 7 of the next 10 points to grab a 15-9 lead. The lead would remain at 6 points until 18-12 when Peters banged home a kill that started a 4 point run to open a 22-12 lead. A Southwood error stopped the run before they scored the last 3 for the 25-13 win.
Manchester jumped out to a 2-0 lead in game three on a Cierra Carter kill only to have the Knights score the next three. Sarah Peters had a kill along with kills from Sami White and Bailey Hobbs. Leah Sorg would the put the Squires back up 4-3 with a tip and the see saw battle continued until 10-10. Corrie Osborne would nail a kill and the Squires took advantage of a Knights error to lead 12-10 when the dreadful Southwood run came. Katelyn Murphy would go high for a kill and was followed by three Sarah Peters kills along with a Sami White ace to score six in a row to grab a 16-12 lead. The Knights would build their lead to 20-14 when Manchester had one more push. With Leiah Brandenburg serving the Squires would score five straight to knot the game at 20. During the run Brandenburg had two aces with Binkley and Isbell getting kills. Emilie Harnish and Bailey Hobbs would then catch fire, recording two kills each as the Knights scored the next five points for a 25-20 win and a 3-0 match.
For Southwood Sami White had 18 service points, 2 aces, 7 kills, 1 block, 4 digs and 40 assists; Makenna Dawes had 7 service points, 3 aces and 4 digs; Delayne Gentry had 4 service points and 2 digs; Emilie Harnish had 4 service points, 6 kills, 1 block, 1 assist, and 6 digs; Bailey Hobbs had 4 service points, 2 aces, 5 kills, 1 assist, 4 digs and 1 block; Anna Rees had 2 service points, 1 ace, and 1 dig; Kaitly Murphy had 9 kills and 3 blocks; Bailey Lundmark had 2 kills and 2 blocks; and Sarah Peters had a team high 13 kills along with 2 blocks for the 15 and 8 varsity.
For Manchester Brandenburg led our team in aces with 3 and Parret had 1 on the night. Hitting was led by Binkley with 8 kills, followed by Carter and Osborne each with 6, Sorg got 3, Bedke managed 2, and Isbell added one as well. Setter, Bedke, had 12 assists and Sorg contributed 2. Metzger ran the back row with 14 digs, Parret followed with 6, Bedke grabbed 5, Milam got 3, Carter managed 2, and Sorg and Brandenburg wrapped it up with 1 dig each. Isbell had our only solo block for the night. Osborne had 2 block assists and Bedke and Carter each had one as well.
Southwood won the junior varsity match 25-14, 25-11.
MaKayla Proffitt had 8 service points, 5 aces, 7 kills, 1 assist and 1 dig; Kelsey Niccum had 4 service points, 1 ace and 4 digs; Bailey Smith had 4 service points, 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 dig and 1 assist; Emily Gwillim had 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill and 1 dig; Dru eGentry had 2 service points, 1 ace, 6 kills and 1 assist; Ashley PARson had 2 service points, 2 aces, 5 kills and 2 digs; Ellie Hobbs had 2 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills, 13 assists and 1 dig and Hayley Bland added 1 dig in the contest.
For Manchester JV aces were led by Leiah Brandenburg with 2 and Auler had 1. Our JV didn’t miss a single serve tonight. Back row was run by Eichenauer with 8, Spann and Casper each had 4, Wagoner, Fields, Sorg, and Rosen each collect 3 digs, Brandenburg had two, Auler and McKee wrapped it up with 1. 2 assists were dished out by Wagoner. Her hitter were led in killls by Brandenburg with 3 and McKee had 1.