RACINE, Ohio — Nothing like a sweep to start the tournament.
The Southern volleyball team claimed its ninth sectional title on Thursday night in Meigs County, as the second-seeded Lady Tornadoes claimed a 3-0 victory over seventh-seeded Symmes Valley.
After four lead changes early in the opening game, Symmes Valley jumped out to a 19-16 advantage. The Lady Tornadoes (20-2) fought back to tie the game at 20 and eventually took a lead at 23-21. SHS claimed two of the final three points and won the first game by a narrow 25-22 margin.
With the momentum on their side, the Purple and Gold never trailed in the second game, rolling to a 25-12 victory to move ahead 2-0 in the match.
Southern led wire-to-wire in the third game, capping off the 3-0 sweep and sectional title with a 25-16 victory.
SHS senior Sierra Cleland led the Purple and Gold with 14 service points and one ace. Kamryn Smith was next with 10 points and three aces, followed by Talon Drummer with six points. Macie Michael and Marlee Maynard each had four points, Amanda Cole chipped in with two, while Katie Barton, Marissa Johnson and Phoenix Cleland each had one point.
At the net, Southern was led by Cole with eight kills and one block. Smith posted seven seven kills in the win, Faith Teaford added six, while Maynard and Baylee Wolfe each chipped in with one kill.
The Lady Tornadoes will face third-seeded New Boston in the district semifinal, on Thursday at Jackson High School.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.