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Thursday, October 03, 2013

South Dispatches Newton

Twin Valley South volleyball took care of Newton in 3 sets on Thursday.  South is midway thru a busy week where they played Arcanum (win) and Tri-Village (loss).  But wait there's more - South winds up the week with a 3 way match at Dixie with Stivers this Saturday.  The team won 25-22; 25-12; 25-16.  So as the season winds down the team is staying busy.  They have an overall record of 11-7 as of tonight.

The first set had this pattern - a coach would take a time out and rally their players.  Then that team would go on a run until the other coach took a timeout, then the teams would switch roles.  South had a lead for pretty much the entire match, and at one time lead by 6 points before Newton took a time out and pulled to within one - 19-18.  Coach Roberts took her second time out at this point.  And whatever was said made the difference in this set and for that matter the rest of the night.  TVS pulled ahead with good serves and sizzling spikes to beat Newton by 3.

After that first set, Newton seemed rattled for the remaining two.  They played even again South in the early going, but kept letting the ball hit floor and gave South some easy points.  And when a team starts making mistakes, sometimes they lose their composure.  South won that match handily.  Then in the last set, South sent some smoking spikes across the net and that aggressive play allowed them to build an early lead. They relaxed a bit and Coach Roberts took one more time out to focus the team and they finished strong for the win. So all in all it was a good night for the team.

Taylor Kirkpatrick – 8 digs, 17 assists and 4 kills
Skyler Lain – an ace, 17 digs and 7 kills
Emma Fergus – a dig and a kill
Caitlyn Meyers – 11kills and 3 solo blocks
Gentry Gates – 2 aces, 9 digs, 18 assists and 4 kills
Abby Beneke – 16 digs and 9 kills
Paris Gruber – 5 kills
Kaylee Johnson – 15 of 16 on serve receive with 20 digs
Madison Wright – 2 digs