Northern-Southern clash goes 5 sets
Northern Vance was a set away Wednesday from its first win over Southern Vance since 2011.
The Raiders took a close third set before coming from behind in Set 3 for a 26-24 win, evening the match at 2.
“Go hard or go home,” said Bree Simmons, Southern’s lone senior. “All of us put our mind to it like, ‘This is what we want. This is the game. This is ours.’”
It was. The Raiders took the third set convincingly to improve to 1-1 on the season, taking the match 3-2 (21-25, 17-25, 25-22, 26-24, 15-6).
Simmons led Southern with 14 kills, two of which came in consecutive fashion to force the tiebreaker set.
“Knowing that they are a rival school, that makes it like 100 percent that I do not want to lose,” said Simmons. “But the fact that it’s a rebuilding year for us, that makes us want it even more.”
Simmons has moved into an attacking role this season, joining forces with outside hitter Brittany West.
West tallied 12 kills, Ayeshia Teasley had 10 assists and Alicia Shearin had eight assists.
Northern head coach Christa Mosly said the Vikings, who dropped to 0-2 on the season, are still trying to find the right combinations.
“Overall, I think my team is alright,” said Mosly. “I think we’re going to be alright.”
Mosly said Sarah Hull performed well at setter for Northern and also highlighted the play of Brianna Waller and Conniqua Martin.
Southern head coach Jameka Floyd was concerned her team might overlook the Vikings.
“As I’m watching them in warm-ups, I said, ‘I hope ya’ll didn’t come in here complacent because they’re better than you think,’” said Floyd. “And then the first two sets showed them. The first two sets I think we played terrible, but we got it together in the third set. We just pushed.”
Southern returns to the floor Monday against Louisburg and Northern faces Franklinton on Wednesday.