Lady Knights Out Last Squires In Five Game Thriller

The Southwood and Manchester volleyball teams collided Thursday at Manchester with the Lady Knights out lasting the Squires 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 16-14.

With two evenly matched teams it was dog fight the entire evening. In game one the Lady Squires would jump out to a 3-0 lead off kills from Andrea Kahn and Kennidy Lauer, aided by an ace from Ali Sites. After a kill from Kayla Mays the Knights would then find Alissa Pershing who would record four kills while Lauer and Anna Osborne hit from the other side to tie the game 7-7. The game was tied 18-18 when Kahn and Lauer gave the Squires  a 20-18 lead and held on to win 25-22.

Manchester would lead 6-4 in game two when once again the Knights would find Pershing who had three kills in a Southwood 5-0 run to grab a 9-6 lead. The Knights would extend their lead to 15-9 before the Squires started to chip away, taking advantage of Southwood miscues to cut the margin to 20-18. Pershing would answer with four kills down the stretch as Southwood took game two 25-20.

Southwood would go to Pershing and Erin McGouldrick early in game three, building a 9-4 lead before the Squires made a comeback, cutting the Knights lead to 12-11. Allison Steele would stop the Manchester run with a tip that started a 9-2 run for the Knights to open a 21-13 lead. At 22-14 the Squires would make a push, scoring four straight and 7 of the next 9 points to make it 21-21 before Maggie Ball drained a kill to end game three 25-21.

Leading 2-1 the Knights looked like they were going to run away with game four, opening an 11-5 lead off kills from Pershing, Mays and McGouldrick before the Squires turned the tide. Manchester would come roaring back, cutting the Southwoodlead to 15-14. The Knights would cling to a 20-17 lead when Kahn recorded a kill that started a 4-0 run to give Manchester a 21-20 lead. The Knights would tie the score before hitting the ball out of bounds three straight times to put the Squires up 24-21 before pulling off game four 25-23 and setting up the exciting game five.

Marissa Metzger would get a kill for Southwood early as the Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Squires found Eva Bazzoni for two kills and tied the score. With Manchester leading 12-9 the Knights would again fins Pershing and McGouldrick to tie the score at 12. At 13-13 the Squires would get a tip from Mackenzie day for a 14-13 lead before Ball tied the score. The Knights would then get a point on an out of bounds hit from the Squires before a Mays kill ended the game 16-14 and the night 3-2 in favor of Southwood.

Ashley Smith: 8 Service Points; 1 Ace; 2 Kills; 22 Assists; 15 Digs
Makenna Pace: 13 Service Points; 3 Aces; 24 Digs
Alissa Pershing: 7 Service Points; 25 Kills; 6 Blocks; 3 Digs
Reese Shepherd: 2 Service Points; 1 Ace; 1 Kill; 1 Assist; 15 Digs
Erin Lehner: 7 Service Points; 4 Kills; 3 Assists; 1 Block; 17 Digs
Erin McGouldrick: 5 Kills; 4 Blocks; 4 Digs
Marissa Metzger: 12 Service Points; 1 Ace; 6 Kills; 1 Assist; 2 Blocks; 4 Digs
Maggie Ball: 3 Kills; 1 Assist; 3 Blocks;
Kayla Mays: 7 Kills; 4 Blocks; 1 Dig
Allison Steele: 5 Service Points; 2 Aces; 3 Kills; 18 Assists; 7 Digs

We have not received stats from Manchester

Manchester won the junior varsity contest 25-17, 16-25, 18-16

Allison Zartman- 8 kills 6 digs, 1 assist, 1 ace
Makenzy Meyer- 1 kill, 1 block
Morgan Parrett- 4 kills, 4 aces
Blake Drasny- 2 kills, 1 digs, 1 block
Alyssa Marvel- 7 digs, 12 assists
Alayna Miller- 1 dig, 1 ace
Alex Warner- 1 dig
Lauren Barrett- 1 dig
Catherine Ondrla- 1 kills, 9 digs

Rylee Barney: 4 Service Points; 1 Ace; 5 Kills; 1 Block; 11 Digs
Madison Johnson: 6 Service Points; 1 Ace; 4 Digs
Kylie Ray: 3 Service Points; 3 Kills; 15 Assists; 3 Digs
Trista Roser: 5 Service Points; 1 Ace; 3 Kills; 1 Block; 5 Digs
Natalie Haycraft: 5 Service Points; 3 Kills; 8 Digs
Mya Denney: 3 Service Points; 2 Aces; 3 Kills; 2 Digs
MaKenna Proffitt: 6 Kills; 3 Digs

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Video clips coming Friday morning

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