The Wabash volleyball team made the short trek south on state road 124 to Southwood Thursday, a place they have not had much success in. Although youthful, the Lady Apaches came in with some playing experience that would pay off, defeating the Knights 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 26-24.
Southwood, playing several freshman and sophomores came out inspired in game one, jumping out to a 4-2 lead off a kill from Alissa Pershing and a tip from Ellie Hobbs. The Knights would hold the two point lead until 9-7 when Makenna Proffitt recorded a kill that started a 4-1 run to increase the lead to 13-8. Trading points the Knights still led 20-16 when Wabash made a move. A tip from Angela Levine, a kill from Abby Vinopla and a tip from Jaycee Parrett made it 20-19 before the Knights scored 5 of the last 7 points for the 25-21 win.
Wabash would get a better start in game two, getting kills from Sam Irgang and Brooke Irgang to lead 6-1. After a rotation the Apaches would find Levine and Tabatha Wagner as the lead grew to 20-11. The Knights would then get back to back kills from Ashley Parson and another from Kayla Mays to cut the lead to 22-16 before two Wagner kills gave Wabash the game 25-18.
Again Wabash would jump out to a lead in game three, leading 9-5 when the Knights took advantage of a few Wabash miscues to cut the lead to 13-11. Play would then get a little sloppy on both sides with Wabash leading 23-19 when the Knights scored three straight aided by a Mays kill to make it 23-22. With the Apaches leading 24-23 Levine would score on a tip to give Wabash a 25-23 win.
Game four would be no different than the first three as the two teams punched and counter punched with Wabash leading just 11-9 when they created a gap. Wagner would pound home a kill that started a 4-0 run to increase the Wabash lead to 15-9, then would score 5 of the next 9 points to lead 20-13. With their backs to the wall the Knights would come out swinging, getting a block from Pershing that started an 8-0 run to give Southwood a 21-20 lead. During the run Parson had a tip and a kill along with a kill from Proffitt. The Apaches would respond, getting a kill from Vinopal to score 3 of the next 4 to take the lead back 24-23. The Knights would tie the score on a kill out of bounds before Wabash scored two straight for the 26-24 win.
Jaycee Parrett had 6 kills, 8 points, 16 assists and 21 digs
B rooke Irgang had 13 points, 16 assists and 15 digs
Tabby Wagner had 10 kills
Abby Vinopal had 8 kills and 13 digs
Sam Irgang had 12 points and 5 kills
Angela Levine had 8 kills
Kaitlyn Dowdal had 5 points and 36 digs
Alexis Hartley had 14 digs and 4 points
Drue Gentry: 3 kills, 1 block, 4 digs
Alissa Pershing: 11 service points, 7 kills, 2 blocks, 3 digs
Bailey Smith: 3 service points, 1 kill, 13 assists, 7 digs
Makenna Dawes: 4 service points, 24 digs
Erin Lehner: 1 service point
Ashley Parson: 2 service points, 13 kills, 1 block, 14 digs
Ellie Hobbs: 6 service points, 1 kill, 15 assists, 12 digs
Kelsey Niccum: 8 service points, 2 aces, 2 assists, 15 digs
Emily Gwillim: 4 kills, 1 assist, 8 digs
Kayla Mays: 4 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig
MaKenna Proffitt: 3 kills, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 dig
Southwood won the junior varsity contest 25-17, 16-25, 15-7
Johnson- 9 digs
Dewitt- 1 ace, 1 dig, 2 service points
Bland- 2 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs, 1 service point
Lehner- 6 kills, 4 aces, 9 digs, 5 service points
Snyder- No stats
Pecsenye- 3 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs, 8 service points
Young- 2 kills, 2 assists, 5 digs, 8 service points
Steele-1 kill, 13 assists, 1 ace, 7 digs, 3 service points
Kiley Stone had 5 kills
Carmen Higdon had 17 digs
Kenzie Hayslett had 7 assists