The Valley Indians traveled to McDermott Tuesday night to participate in an SOC match up with the Northwest Mohawks that raised money for the SOMC Compassion fund. Before the matchup, both teams came together to raise money in support of breast cancer patients. Northwest athletic director Dave Frantz and former volleyball coach Judith Smith Bays paid tribute to a former Northwest volleyball player and graduate of Northwest, who is now an assistant coach at Valley, Kristie Adkins Copley. Copley herself is a survivor of breast cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. After undergoing a lumpectomy, she then underwent a double mastectomy. Today, Copley has been diagnosed as being cancer free.
The players of both teams then paid tribute to survivors and those who have lost the battle to breast cancer, honoring them with a pink carnation. Copley had this to say about the night, “It’s really great to come back to Northwest and participate in an event like this with my team and my family. Breast cancer not only effects the patient, but the family and the community”.
Northwest rallied over Valley in three close sets, to win 25-21, 25-23, 25-18. Sophomore Haidyn Wamsley led the Mohawks with fifteen Kills, ten digs, two blocks, one ace and four points. Junior Addisyn Newman helped with thirteen Kills, five digs, two aces and twelve points. Freshman Reagan Lewis had 31 assists, ten digs, one kill and five points. Junior Alexis Lute added twelve digs, two kills, one assist, one block, three aces and eight points. Rounding out a team effort for the win was freshman Ava Jenkins with thirteen digs, three kills, and six points. Sophomores Valerie Eury and Lydia Emmons also both contributed to the team win: Eury with eight digs, four kills, and two points, and Emmons with one dig.
Postseason play begins for both teams starting next Monday when the Indians will face off against Green in their Division IV sectional matchup in Lucasville. That match between the seventh seeded Indians and the tenth seeded Bobcats is slated for 6:00 p.m. and the winner of that matchup will go on to face the Notre Dame Titans in the following round on Thursday.
For the Mohawks, postseason play will begin on Tuesday when they will travel to Frankfort to face the Adena Warriors in the opening round of the Division III playoffs. The eleventh seeded Mohawks will face the sixth seeded Warriors beginning at 6:00 p.m. The winner of this sectional matchup will go on to face the winner of Minford and Portsmouth on Saturday October 20th for a chance at the district semifinals.
Reach Jacob Smith at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @JacobSmithPDT