The Southwood VolleyKnights had one last game scheduled for the year Saturday and it was a big one called the state championship. The Lady Knights had won nine straight games to win the sectional, then defeated Clinton Central 3-0 for the regional title. Last Saturday Southwood won the very tough Bremen semi state by topping Adams Central 3-1 and Hammond Bishop Noll 3-2 for the semi state title. Saturday at Ball State the VolleyKnights had the task of taking on #1 and defending state champion Providence for the state title.
Southwood, the 2A public school state champion hung tough, but the power hitting of Providence ended up being too much as the VolleyKnights fell 17-25, 14-25, 18-25.
Providence got off to a 10-3 start in game one before the Knights shook off the championship jitters and started to go to work. Emilie Harnish would get a kill and Bailey Lundmark a block during a 5-0 run to close the gap to 10-8. Providence would then score 10 of the next 14 points to open a 24-15 lead before two Sami White tips kept the game alive, but one last Pioneer kill ended game one 17-25.
Southwood jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start game two with Sami White serving. Kaitlyn Murphy had a kill with White scoring on an ace and a tip. Bailey Hobbs would get a kill as the Knights extended their lead to 8-3 before the Pioneer’s got hot. Providence would score 6 of the next 7 points to tie the game at 9 before a White tip and an Emilie Harnish ace made it 11-9. With Southwood up 12-10 the sleeping giant awoke as Providence went on a 10-1 run to grab a 20-13 lead on their way to the 25-14 final.
Again the Lady Knights would play tough early in game three. Southwood got kills from Emilie Harnish and Sarah Peters, plus an ace from Delayne Gentry as the game was tied 9-9. Again it would be a Providence run that determined the outcome. The Pioneer’s would score 8 of the next 10 points to open an 18-11 lead and built their lead to 23-15. The never say die attitude of the VolleyKnights would make Providence earn their win as Sami White scored on a tip, followed by a kill and a block from Kaitlyn Murphy to close the gap to 24-18 before a net call on the Knights ended the game 25-18.