RACINE, Ohio — A valiant effort.
The Southern volleyball team came up short in its quest for a second straight District IV sectional title as it fell to visiting Eastern Pike during the sectional final on Thursday night in Meigs County. The Lady Tornadoes (17-5) were down early and fought back. However, the Lady Eagles came out on top in the end.
Eastern Pike came out on fire in the first set with five service points from Cassidy Fremont. Southern senior Madison Maynard tied the game up at 5-all. The White and Brown regained control of the match with a 13-8 edge and held on to win the first game 25-16.
Southern adjusted and gained control early in Game 2. The visitors kept up, but the Lady Tornadoes wouldn’t be denied. Junior Amanda Cole’s five service points sealed the set for the home team 25-19.
Fremont gave EPHS the early lead during Game 3, but it didn’t last long. Madison Maynard replied with seven points for the Purple and Gold to give the home team a 8-4 advantage. The Lady Eagles hung tough, but Southern edged out the visitors to take the third set 26-24.
The Lady Tornadoes looked to seal the deal in Game 4, but the White and Brown were not ready to go home yet. Eastern Pike jumped out the gate with four service points from Fremont. Jessica Stockham followed suit with seven points. The Lady Eagles took the fourth game 25-12.
Both squads struggled to gain an offensive foothold during the fifth game. Stockham helped Eastern Pike out to a 7-5 lead. Southern seniors Brynn Harris and Cameryn Harmon helped in tying the game 14-all. Stockham’s late two points gave Eastern Pike a 16-14 Game 5 win.
Madison Maynard led the Purple and Gold with 15 service points, followed by Cole with seven points. Harris, Teaford and Wolfe each had four points, while Harmon and Marlee Maynard had one point apiece.
Southern coach Chris Carroll said he was proud of his team’s hard work, particularly the seniors.
“We have nine seniors and I just hate to see them go,” Carroll said. “I feel like they gave everything they had and they left it all out on the court, which is all I ever asked them to do. Our goals were set higher and we wanted more, but we gotta be proud of what they’ve accomplished.”
Fremont led the Lady Eagles with 19 service points, followed by Stockham with 16 points. Elyssa Staton had 12 points, while Jaelyn Dixon and Carson Roney had three points each. Abby Overly contributed two points to Eastern Pike’s efforts.
This was the last game for seniors Harmon, Wolfe, Harris, Madison Maynard, Hayley Hill, Ali Deem, Hannah Hill, Brandy Porter and Savannah Bailey.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106