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.