Varsity Girls Volleyball · Volleyball Drops Five Set Thriller at Alter

The varsity volleyball team traveled to Alter High School on Saturday to renew what has become one of the best rivalries in the greater Dayton area.  The Knights are traditionally a perennial Division II state power and the Elks are among the top Division I teams in the area and this year was no different.

The Elks wanted to make a statement early and did they ever.  They jumped out in front in the first set and played very well in cruising to a 25-14 win and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.  The Knights needed to regroup quickly and did just that in the second set, winning 25-17 to tie the match at one set apiece and make it a best-of-three the rest of the way.  The third set was tight throughout, but the host Knights finished strong and posted a 25-22 win to take a 2-1 lead and force the Elks into a must win fourth set.  Needing to respond, the Elks dug deep and played good volleyball to post a 25-17 win and force the match into a winner-take-all fifth set.  That set was exciting as they get, but the Elks endured a tough stretch when the match was tied at 8.  Four consecutive service errors put the girls in a tough spot as they now trailed 12-8.  They dug deep and tried to battle back, but the Knights held on for a thrilling, 15-13, win to take the match, 3-2.

In the first match of the day, the freshman team rolled to a 2-0 victory by the scores of 25-11, 25-6.  In the middle match, the JV team also won in straight sets, 2-0, by the scores of 25-19 and 25-14.

Now 13-5 overall and 9-1 in GWOC East play, the girls are back in action tonight when they travel to Springfield to take on the Wildcats.  The freshman and JV games get underway at 5:30 PM and will be followed by the varsity at approximately 6:45 PM.