GLOUSTER, Ohio — It’s not how you start but rather how you finish that’s important.
After the opening game in Thursday night’s sectional final match in Athens County, the Southern volleyball team looked to have a clear edge. However, the Lady Tomcats rallied back to win the next three games and the sectional title.
Southern (11-11) jumped out to 10-1 lead in the opening game and continued on to the 25-14 victory. The Lady Tornadoes kept the momentum going in the second game and led 11-9. The Lady Tomcats had an answer however, and they evened the match with a 25-16 victory in game two.
Trimble won the third game in convincing fashion by a count of 25-13 with a pair of five point runs. Southern kept the fourth game close most of the way but seven consecutive points by Trimble sealed the game to a 25-15 count and the sectional crown.
Senior Katie Jenkins led the Purple and Gold with 15 points, followed by Celestia Hendrix with eight, Hannah Hill with five and Ali Deem with two. Marlee Maynard and Madison Maynard each had one point in the game. Celestia Hendrix and Hannah Hill had the lone ace’s for Southern.
Trimble was led by libero Trista Lackey with 19 points, followed by Nikki Kish with 10. Lauren Riley and Morgan Murphy each finished with seven points, Tia Savage had five, while Tori Null marked four in the victory. Null had a a match-best three aces, followed by Savage with two and the duo of Riley and Murphy with one apiece.
The SHS net attack was led by Hendrix with nine kills, followed by Jansen Wolfe and Jordan Huddleston with seven each. Madison Maynard had three kills, Darien Diddle had two, while Katie Jenkins, Marlee Maynard and Hannah Hill each had one kill in the setback. Jenkins led the Purple and Gold with 15 assists, followed by Marlee Maynard with six and Wolfe with one.
Savage led the Red and Silver with 16 kills, followed by Kish with 12 and Murphy with nine. Bailey Bickley marked four kills, Tori Null had two, while Trista Lackey finished with one kill in the win. Null was the Lady Tomcats’ leading setter with 16 assists.
Southern’s defense was charged by Jansen Wolfe with seven blocks, followed by Madison Maynard with three and Baylee Hupp with one. Deem finished with a game-high 19 digs, while Haley Hill had nine and Hannah Hill marked six.
The THS defense was led by Kish with three blocks and Riley with three digs.
Southern has now gone eight seasons without a sectional title; surpassing the longest drought in school history which was seven seasons.