RACINE, Ohio — There’s still another home match, but it was a proper Senior Night send-off nonetheless.
The Southern volleyball team sent nine seniors out in style Thursday night following a 25-12, 25-15, 25-6 triumph over visiting Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest in Meigs County.
The Lady Tornadoes (15-3, 11-2 TVC Hocking) trailed only once in the entire match, which came at 1-0 in Game 2, as the hosts made sure that their ennead had plenty of opportunities to enjoy the evening.
SHS stormed out to an early lead of 5-1, but the Lady Falcons managed to hang around out to 12-8. Southern, however, reeled off 13 of the next 17 points en route to a 13-point win and a 1-0 match decision.
After falling behind 1-0 in Game 2, the hosts scored six consecutive points before establishing an 18-4 advantage. Miller was never closer than nine points the rest of the way as the Lady Tornadoes opened up a 2-0 match advantage.
The Purple and Gold led 8-1, 14-2 and 21-3 during the finale, then simply cruised to the 19-point decision en route to the 3-0 match triumph. SHS also claimed a season sweep of Miller after winning in straight games back on September 17 in Hemlock.
The outcome was Southern’s 10th consecutive victory, which has allowed the Purple and Gold to work themselves right back into the hunt for the TVC Hocking title. SHS defeated current league-leader Trimble (12-1) earlier in the week and has significant road contests next week at Eastern and at Waterford.
For now, however, second-year Southern coach Chris Carroll was pleased with how well things went for seniors Hayley Hill, Jansen Wolfe, Madison Maynard, Ali Deem, Brynn Harris, Cameryn Harmon, Hannah Hill, Brandy Porter and Savannah Bailey during their ‘farewell’ home match.
“I knew it was going to be tricky with playing time coming in, trying to reward nine seniors that have given so much to the program over the years,” Carroll said. “Fortunately, we all played really well tonight and were able to make sure that all of the upperclassmen had moments to celebrate.
“Probably the best thing for me tonight was seeing how much our girls really enjoyed being out there with one another. When we have fun playing the game, we can be a really dangerous team. It’s good that we still enjoy playing the game together this far into the season, especially with a big week and the tournament coming up.”
Harmon led the SHS service attack with 23 points, followed by Deem with 13 points. Bailey and Hannah Hill were next with eight points apiece, while Faith Teaford and Maynard also added two points and one point, respectively, to the winning cause.
Maynard led the net attack with six kills and two blocks, followed by Bailey with five kills and Harris with four kills. Wolfe chipped in three kills, while Hayley Hill and Amanda Cole each had two kills.
Hannah Hill led the Lady Tornadoes with 16 assists. Wolfe and Harmon both recorded four digs apiece.
Southern will host its final regular season game Monday night when Federal Hocking comes to town for a Volley for the Cure match at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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