The Southwood volleyball team took on a stubborn Bluffton squad Tuesday, defeating the Tigers 25-16, 25-17, 25-18.
The Lady Knights dominated game one right from the start, jumping out to a 5-1 lead of kills from Bailey Lundmark and Ashley Parson. After three Tiger points Makenna Dawes would rope two aces that ignited a 6-0 run and was followed by three kills from Emilie Harnish to increase the Knight lead to 15-7. Bluffton would stay hungry and cut the lead to 21-15 before a Lundmark ace and kills form Drue Gentry and Harnish ended game one 25-16.
Gentry and Harnish would get kills to start game two with Kelsey Niccum throwing in an ace to lead 4-1, but the Tigers would come back to tie the score at 5. Southwood would build the lead to 14-7 behind aces from Harnish and Delayne Gentry before Bluffton came racing back again and had the score at 20-16 when MaKayla Proffitt and Bailey Hobbs got kills, followed by two Harnish aces. Hobbs would execute a tip for the final point as the Knights won 25-17 and led 2-0.
For the third game in a row the Knights jumped out to a 4-1 lead, this time with Bluffton scoring 6 of the next 8 points to grab their only lead of the night 7-6. Southwood responded with back to back kills from Proffitt and one from Parson to open a 15-10 lead as the two teams played even to 23-18 when Drue Gentry recorded back to back kills, followed by Harnish tipping one to the baseline to end game three 25-18.
Drue Gentry 7 kills, 1 dig
Delayne Gentry 4 service points, 1 ace, 3 digs
Bailey Smith Did Not Play
Makenna Dawes 9 service points, 2 aces, 3 digs
Ashley Parson 6 kills
Ellie Hobbs Did Not Play
Kelsey Niccum 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 dig
Bailey Hobbs 5 service points, 1 ace, 32 assists, 4 kills, 4 digs
MaKayla Proffitt 4 service points, 4 kills,
Bailey Lundmark 8 service points, 2 aces, 4 kills,
Emilie Harnish 6 service points, 5 aces, 1 assist, 13 kills, 11 digs
The junior varsity defeated Bluffton 25-9, 25-16.
Jessica Brubaker 4 service points, 2 aces, 2 digs
Hayley Bland Did Not Play – Injured
Alissa Pershing 1 service point, 2 kills, 1 dig
Bailey Smith 17 service points, 7 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs
Ellie Hobbs 7 service points, 1 kill, 9 assists, 2 digs
Emily Gwillim 3 service points, 3 aces, 8 kills, 5 digs
Paige Young 5 service points, 3 aces, 13 digs