The Southwood volleyball team gave a very talented North Miami squad all they wanted Tuesday, falling to the Warriors 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 21-25.
The Lady Knights took an early lead in game one off kills from Allisa Pershing and Kelsey Niccum to lead 8-5 before the taller Warriors started to control the net. North Miami would go on a 5-0 run to grab the lead while Drue Gentry tried to keep pace with them. North Miami would never give up the lead, taking game one 19-25.
The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two before the Knights went on a hot streak that didn’t end until they were up 17-11. During the run Niccum would serve an ace while Gentry had a kill and a block. Pershing would chip in with a kill along with Kayla Mays drilling two kills. The Warriors would slice the lead to 18-14, but the Knights didn’t give in. Erin Lehner would record two kills down the stretch with Maggie Ball ending the game with a kill for a 25-17 win.
Southwood grabbed the early lead in game three behind a Pershing ace and led 10-7 when North Miami found another gear. The Warriors would score five in a row and 8 of the next 9 points to grab a 11-15 lead. The Knights would not give in, coming back to tie the score 19-19 before North Miami found their height in a 22-25 win.
North Miami would jump out to a 1-7 lead in game four and looked as though they might run away with the game when Gentry, Mays and Pershing got busy at the net. Hayley Bland would serve an ace while the trio dominated the net to erase the Warrios lead and grab a 13-11 lead. North Miami would answer with an 8-1 run aided by 5 kills and a block to lead 14-19 and go on to win 21-25.
Drue Gentry 5 service points, 1 ace, 7 kills, 3 assists, 4 blocks, 10 digs
Hayley Bland 10 service points, 2 aces, 1 dig
Alissa Pershing 9 service points, 1 ace, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig
Erin Lehner 8 kills, 1 assist, 11 digs
Kelsey Niccum 7 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 assists, 24digs
Maggie Ball 1 kill, 3 blocks, 1 dig
Kayla Mays 11 service points, 5 aces, 4 kills, 4 digs
Allison Steele 6 service points, 2 kills, 17 assists, 8 digs
The Southwood junior varsity fell to North Miami 10-25, 19-25.
Madison Johnson 3 service points, 1 ace, 2 assists, 2 kills, 10 digs
Freedom DeWitt 5 kills, 1 dig
Blanca Manas 1 service point
Erin McGouldrick 3 service points, 1 ace, 1 kill, 2 assists, 2 digs
Kirsten Pecsenye 4 service points, 1 dig
Natalie Haycraft 7 assists, 7 digs
Maggie Ball 2 kills, 2 digs