The Southwood volleyball team kept their tournament winning ways going Saturday, winning their 8th straight sectional title with a 25-21, 25-14, 26-24 win over Manchester. Earlier in the day the Knights topped Wabash 25-17, 25-21, 25-9 to make it to the finals. Manchester defeated Oak Hill 28-26, 25-14, 25-21.
The Lady Knights went to Katelyn Murphy early who had three kills as Southwood led 4-3 when Manchester got a block from Madison Isbell and scored two in a row to lead 5-4. The two team would trade blows until the Knights led 12-10 when Murphy would record two kills in a 5-0 run to grab a 16-10 lead. The Knights would build their lead to 22-12 when things got tight in a hurry. Manchester scored three straight with a Kendra Binkley kill then at 23-15 would score six straight to make it 23-21. During the run Merret Metzger would serve three straight aces. The Knights would score the next two for the 25-21 win.
Southwood dominated game two early, grabbing a 9-2 lead and building it to 19-7. During an early 6-0 run Murphy and Sarah Peters had a combo block with Peters serving during the run. In a 5-2 spurt Murphy and Bailey Hobbs had kills. Up 19-7 the Knights would trade points with the Squires for the 25-14 final.
Southwood jumped out to a 4-2 lead in game three on kills from Peters and Emilie Harnish when the Squires scored four straight to grab a 6-4 lead. Southwood answered with an 8-1 run to regain the lead at 12-7. Emilie Harnish had five kills during the run with Anna Rees serving an ace. Madison Isbell would stop the run with a block as the Squires would score six of the next eight points to close the gap to 14-13. Corrie Osborne had a kill during the run. The Knights would build the lead to 18-16 when Lea Sorg placed a tip and had a kill during a three point spurt to put Manchester up 19-18. Manchester would increase their lead to 22-19 when Harnish killed two straight followed by a kill from Bailey Lundmark to make it 22-22. Manchester then took advantage of two Knight errors to go up 24-22 when they committed two errors of their own to make it 24-24. Harnish would then score on a tip then Bailey Hobbs served an ace to win 26-24 and the match 3-0.