Two of the perennial volleyball powers in the area, Southside and Greenwood, squared off Monday as both prepare for upcoming postseason runs.
The Lady Bulldogs, the 6A/5A-West leaders, outlasted the Mavericks, among the teams in the upper half of the 7A-Central, in four sets, 25-22, 25-12, 24-26, 25-19.
After Southside’s Jenny Tipton opened the match by serving an ace, Greenwood (24-6) answered by scoring the next seven points before building an early 10-2 lead. The Mavs (22-7) were able to get within a point, 13-12, but the Lady Bulldogs scored five of the next six points to get breathing room.
Greenwood senior Madi Pfeifer then accounted for four of her team’s last six points in the first set, as she had two kills and two blocks.
The Lady Bulldogs opened the second set with seven straight points, and later extended their advantage to 12, 17-5, on another Pfeifer kill.
Greenwood seemed to be on the verge of recording a sweep as the Lady ‘Dogs took a 19-13 lead in the third. But Southside came back to go in front, 24-23. Greenwood prolonged the set on the next point, but the Mavericks reeled off the next two points to take it to a fourth set.
However, Greenwood went right back in control, taking an 8-2 lead. Later, kills from Pfeifer and Hannah Johnston, along with a MaKenzie Presley ace, forged a 13-5 advantage.
Johnston and Lilliah Pugh capped the match with back-to-back kills.
Three Lady Bulldogs had double-digit kills. Pfeifer had 12, Pugh 11 and Carrie Ciesla 10. Ciesla also had 17 assists and 16 digs.
Lexie Castillow had 27 digs, Johnston finished with 15 digs and Presley added 11. Brooke Shortes recorded 22 assists as well.
For Southside, Madison Teal had 12 kills and Mikayla Dietz 11. Hannah Holland finished with eight kills and seven blocks, Emily Bass recorded 31 digs and Tipton had 22 assists.
Both teams resume conference play today with home matches. Southside takes on Mount St. Mary in 7A-Central action, while the Lady Bulldogs face Siloam Springs.