Girl power fuels Lady Govs during Dig Pink night
By Darren Gideon | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In support of breast cancer awareness, William Blount held its first annual Dig Pink senior night Monday, as they hosted Bradley Central. William Blount and the three seniors, Madison Fulmer, Turner Courtney and Nia Haller, came up just short falling in five sets 16-25, 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 7-15.
“This is the first time we have done it. I wanted to do Dig Pink night for our girls, and it got them really excited,” William Blount head coach Tiffany Tipton told the Daily Times. “I wanted to do it as kind of our last big hoorah before we end the season, and I think it worked out well.”
In the fifth set the Lady Gov’s took a 2-1 lead when Emily Johnson killed a set pass.
“Emily has improved so much, she is not necessary just a setter, she is also a hitter, coach Tipton said. “She can hit right side very well when your least expecting it. I told her they were looking for the cross so you need to hit line and she hit line.”
Later in the set, Courtney placed a kill along the back line, cutting the Bradley lead to 8-7. Bradley then scored the sets next seven points. Bradley’s Monica Johnson scored the match point when she blocked a would be kill.
Courtney finished with nine kills, 21 digs, and seven service points.
William Blount held a 6-4 lead in the fourth set before Bradley’s Rebecca Reuter picked up a kill, giving her team its first lead at 8-7. Bradley’s six-foot-three Brooke Copeland then took over the set, picking up two consecutive kills, extending the lead to 14-10. William Blount threatened once more when Johnson picked up one of her eight kills for the night, cutting the lead to 17-14. Reuter’s kill extended the Bradley lead 20-16.
Johnson finished the night with eight kills, six service points and 16 digs.
“They pushed us every set. We saw them the first week of the season and they improved greatly,” Bradley Central head coach Christie McElhaney told the Daily Times. “They really pushed us and I am appreciative of that.”
Coming off a second set victory, William Blount rode a wave of momentum into the third. A set pass from Fulmer, who finished with five service points and four digs, allowed Courtney to smash a kill shot along the sideline, giving the Lady Govs a 4-3 advantage. Bradley jumped in front 8-6 after Natalie Jennings killed a pass that landed just inside of the back-line. An ace by Kiara Phipps gave the Lady Govs an 18-17 lead. Nia Haller once again slammed a well placed kill, giving the Lady Govs a 21-18 lead. A return into the neat by a Bradley defender ended the set.
Haller finished the night with nine kills,11 service points and 13 digs.
“For our last game of the season I thought it was a great one,” Tipton said. “I am really proud of our girls because we have been talking about pushing past the finish line, and during that second and third set we really were pushing ourselves. We were down and we came back up and won those two sets.”