BELPRE, Ohio — A comeback win worth the wait.
After trailing two games to none, the Southern volleyball team battled Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre to five games on Monday night in Washington County, with the Lady Tornadoes picking up a 18-16 win in the fifth to take the match by a 3-2 count.
Southern (4-14, 4-11 TVC Hocking) scored the first three points of the night, but Belpre came back to take the lead at 6-5. There were two more lead changes in the first, before the Lady Eagles broke open a six-point, 15-9 lead. The Lady Tornadoes fought back to within three, but ultimately dropped Game 1 by a 25-21 count.
Southern claimed the first point of the second game, but earned just one more service point in the set and fell by a 25-10 tally.
The Lady Eagles began the third game with a 9-0 run, but Southern answered with an 11-0 spurt. Belpre tied the game at 11, but the Purple and Gold claimed 14 of the next 15 points and won the third by a 25-12 clip.
Southern never trailed in the fourth game — which was tied just once, at 1-all — forcing a deciding game with a 25-10 triumph.
SHS went up 1-0 in the fifth game, but surrendered four straight to the Orange and Black. Southern regained the edge at 6-5, but gave the lead back to the hosts at 8-7.
The Lady Tornadoes tied the game at eight, and again at nine, before claiming four straight points for the 13-9 advantage. Belpre tied the game at 14 and 15, and then moved into the lead at 16-15. However, SHS scored the next three points and won the match-clinching game by a 18-16 final.
Southern finished with a 42.0 side-out percentage, while Belpre’s was 37.4. SHS had a dozen aces with a serve percentage of 94.9.
Sydney Adams led the SHS service attack with 17 points, including five aces. Phoenix Cleland and Baylee Wolfe both earned 14 points and two aces, Baylee Grueser was next with 11 points and a trio of aces, while Peyton Anderson and Marissa Brooker finished with four and two points respectively.
Wolfe led the victors at the net with 12 kills and three blocks. Mickenzie Ferrell earned five kills, Jordan Hardwick came up with four kills and two blocks, while Cleland had two kills and a block. Southern’s net attack was rounded out by Adams with two kills and Saelym Larsen with one.
The Purple and Gold also defeated BHS on Sept. 17 in straight games at SHS.
After wrapping up league play against Wahama on Tuesday, Southern will travel to Jackson for its regular season finale on Thursday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.