FARMINGTON — Facing their first loss in the conference, the Farmington Knightettes rallied to win the last two sets of their match with the Potosi Lady Trojans, to remain in first place, tied with North County at 3-0.
The Lady Trojans took advantage of two serving runs at both ends of the spectrum to win the first game, but their longest run in the final two games was limited to two serves, as the Knightettes bounced back to take command of the match for a 15-25, 25-17, 25- 21.
The Knightettes struggled at times on serve as more than one run of points was stopped by a serve that did not clear the net. Serving was still one of Farmington’s strength for the Knightettes as they recorded seven aces in the match.
Potosi took off to start the match on the serve of Jessica Hampton as she propelled them to a four-point lead behind the net play of Morgan Knott with three kills and a stuff block, and Emilee Gibson with two kills and a block. Setter Audrey Chazelle was on target with 15 sets in the match.
A back-court set by Cazelle to Jordin Govero resulted in a critical point for the Lady Trojans, and Chazelle followed by going to the service line to serve out the last four points of the first game. Rachel Williams woke up The Knightettes, as she took assist after assist by Kourtney Knox to hammer away at Potosi’s defense.
Williams finished the night with 18 kills, and Knox made 36 assists. Williams made three kills to start the second game, before rotating to the back row to serve, where she served up a pair of aces.
Potosi began to struggle on offense with several spikes going out, and the Knightettes began to have things go their way again. The Lady Trojans made 11 hitting errors in the second two games after only committing one in the first game.
Knox also set up Madison Brown and Whitney Johnson, and the pair delivered as they both made three kills in the second game. Brown finished with five in the match, and Johnson made nine kills.
Having gained the early lead, the Knightettes continued to pound the ball to stay on the offensive, and Potosi was unable to generate their own offense, having to deal with digging the ball off the floor for their initial pass.
Farmington’s only stuff block was made by Williams for the final point of game two.
Game three saw Knott go down with a twisted ankle trying to make a block on Farmington. She would return after one rotation. Potosi tied the score at 15-15, , but two plays later after Farmington scored the next two points, Potosi Coach Gary Mims called time-out.
The time-out had its effect as the Knightettes were unable to maintain serve, and Potosi pulled to within one-point at 19-20.
Farmington coach Jennifer Bowling called time, and two points later Mims was calling for another as both coaches didn’t want to see the game get away
Farmington pulled away in the final five points as Whitney Johnson served up an ace and went on to serve three more points, and Knox took over to serve out the match.