The Southwood volleyball team struggled the first two games against Tippecanoe Valley Tuesday, only to rebound in impressive fashion in games three and four, for a 25-18, 21-25, 25-8, 25-15 conference win.
The Knights got off to a good start in game one on the arm of Sami White who served three aces as Southwood jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Valley would collect themselves and chip away at the lead, eventually tying the score at 7. Again it would be White who placed a tip during a 4-0 run to give the Knights an 11-7 lead, but back came the Vikings to knot the score at 12. A serve out of bounds by Valley got the Knights going as Delayne Gentry fired an ace and Kaitlyn Murphy drove home a kill during a 7 point run to open a 19-12 lead. Valley cut the lead to 19-15 but again White placed a tip to stop the run. Up 24-18 Anna Rees buried an ace for the 25-18 win.
Valley would be the team to get started right in game two, jumping out to a 5-2 lead and building their lead to 14-8 before Murphy scored on a kill and a block. Still the Lady Knights couldn’t get it clicking as Valley would keep up the pressure and build the lead back to 18-12. With Valley up 21-15 Emilie Harnish would record a kill and an ace, but Valley responded with two, making it 23-17. Bailey Lundmark would then get a kill that sparked a 4-0 run by the Knights to cut the lead to 23-21, but again Valley answered scoring twice to take game two 25-21 and tie the match 1-1.
In between games two and three the Knights left the floor and came back inspired for game three. With Sami White serving Southwood would jump out to a quick 6-0 lead. The Knights also got a kill from Sarah Peters. Two kills from Harnish and another ace from Rees started a 9-1 run that opened a 15-4 lead. The closest Valley would get was 19-8 before a White ace and kills from Murphy and Bailey Hobbs sealed the win at 25-8.
The Knights would jump out to a 5-1 lead to start game four. Kaitlyn Murphy had two kills to jump start the surge. Valley would cut the lead to 6-5 when White would find Bailey Lundmark for two kills, plus Lundmark had a block for a point as Southwood out scored Valley 6-1 to open a 12-6 lead. At 15-10 Harnish and Murphy would take control of the net, pacing the Knights to a 5-0 run and led 20-10. At 24-15 the game had an unusual ending when the official blew the whistle for a serve with Valley then trying to switch servers, costing them a point for the 25-15 final.
Delayne Gentry 10 service points, 2 aces, 10 digs
Sami White 23 service points, 7 aces, 8 kills, 5 digs, 41 assists
Makenna Dawes 1 service point, 2 digs
Anna Rees 8 service points, 4 aces, 5 digs
Bailey Hobbs 11 service points, 4 kills, 4 assists, 9 digs
Sarah Peters 4 service points, 7 kills, 3 digs
Bailey Lundmark 6 kills, 1 block
Kaitlyn Murphy 12 kills, 1 block
Emilie Harnish 2 service points, 1 ace, 11 kills, 10 digs, 2 assists, 1 block
The junior varsity took Valley in two 25-11, 25-11.
Drue Gentry- 2 Kills, 1 Ace, 1 Block, 1 Dig, 7 Service Points
Hayley Bland- No Stats
Bailey Smith- 3 Kills, 1 Ace, 4 Digs, 4 Service Points
Ashley Parson- 5 Digs, 8 Service Points
Ellie Hobbs- 6 Assists, 2 Digs, 7 Service Points
Kelsey Niccum- 5 Digs
Emily Gwilim- 1 Kills, 1 Ace, 2 Service Points
MaKayla Proffitt- 2 Kills, 6 Aces, 1 Block, 1 Dig, 9 Service Points
Southwood VolleyKnight JV finishes 7-0 in the conference.