The Southwest Middle School volleyball team split its games with Exeter on Family Night last week. The eighth graders won 25-16, 25-19, while the seventh graders lost in three sets.
Shannon Mitchell led the Lady Trojans, 8-3-2, with 14 attacks, while Jaime Shrum added 24 passes to target and Stormie Barnett made 22 of 22 serves, including seven aces.
"The team continues to get better," said Coach Steve Voyak. "Exeter serves the ball really well and our players had some passing issues, but instead of losing their poise and discipline, the girls fought through a bad patch of points and figured out a way to win."
Kayna McNabb added 21 sets for Southwest and her timing with Mitchell has improved with every game. McNabb also had 15 passes to target.
"Kayna is still working hard to transition faster from defense to offense," Voyak said. "But I like her commitment to defense first."
In the seventh grade match, Exeter rallied for a 23-25, 25-16, 25-20 victory. Karla Catron led Southwest, 3-8-2, with 26 passes to target and made 19 of 20 serves, including seven aces.
"It would have been nice to win both matches with a big crowd, but the girls played well," Voyak said. "We always have a nice crowd on parent appreciation night. Our principal (Beverly Bonner) announces all the parents names and all the moms or grandmothers get a flower. It's a good way to end the season of home games."
The Lady Trojans finish the season this week with a game at Exeter.