Pictured are participants in the 2012 'Pink Game.' The Kennett volleyball teams beat NMCC in the 'Pink Game' at Kennett High School Monday night. [Order this photo]
KENNETT, Mo. - Kennett Lady Indians volleyball coach Kristy Green said she was pleased with the support from the community for Kennett's inaugural "Pink' volleyball game against New Madrid County Central at Kennett High School Monday night.
"I thought for our first year doing this it was pretty successful," Green said. "A lot of people came out for it and there was a great deal of support for family and friends directly involved. I think the crowd was very respectful and the girls did a good job talking about their family and loved ones."
Kennett donated all proceeds from concessions, the gate and T-shirt sales to breast cancer awareness Monday night. Players and officials wore pink attire in recognition of breast cancer awareness.
Kennett collected victories in the varsity and junior varsity games against New Madrid County Central.
The varsity contest proved to be a three-set thriller Kennett narrowly won 25-10, 20-25, 25-22.
"We came out strong again," Green said of the varsity contest. "In the second and third sets we struggled a little keeping our momentum up. I felt like there were times we didn't talk enough and maybe shut down a little. They always have the ability to regroup and that's a strength in itself. It helped them get a good win tonight."
Kennett trailed the decisive set 16-12 before it went on a 9-5 run to tie game 3 at 21-21. Set 3 was tied 22-22 before Kennett scored two straight points to take a 24-22 lead.
New Madrid County Central fought off one match point to trim the margin to 24-23. Kennett's Kenna Hounihan followed by ending the match with a game-winning kill.
"Being able to play when it is stressful is not easy," Green said of the way her team finished the game. "I was proud the girls were able to do that tonight."
Kennett never trailed in set 1.
Kennett led 4-0 in set 2. New Madrid County Central went on a 5-0 run to take a 5-4 lead and a 6-0 run to take an 18-14 lead in set 2. It led by at least four after going on top 18-14.
Kennett recorded 10 serving aces in the match. Hounihan tallied a team-high five aces. Lara Abmeyer had three aces and Maci Greer had two aces.
The Lady Indians' Jenny Lockhert calculated a team-high 18 digs. Amy Johnson had 13 digs for Kennett and Chyann Coffer picked up eight digs.
Hounihan tallied 35 assists and Abmeyer added 22.
Kennett honored its three seniors - Lockhert, Johnson and Coffer between the varsity and junior varsity games.
"We are graduating three important seniors," Green said. "These girls were seventh graders when I came to Kennett. I taught them how to play ball. It was a little emotional for me tonight."
Kennett cruised to a 25-12, 25-13, win in the junior varsity game.
"I felt like the junior varsity kept its momentum up all night long," Green said. "They were aggressive, played hard and came out with a big fat win. They also did well in the Scott City tournament Saturday. Every year is progression and I'm pleased with how the junior varsity played this weekend."
Green said the Kennett junior varsity placed first in its four-team pool Saturday at the eight-team Scott City junior varsity volleyball tournament before suffering a loss to Poplar Bluff in the semifinals of the bracket-play portion of the tournament.
Kennett will host Scott City Wednesday before traveling to take on Hayti Thursday.
Kennett's varsity can clinch the No. 2 seed in the next week's Bootheel Conference Tournament with a win against Hayti Thursday. Kennett's junior varsity will finish regular-season Bootheel Conference play perfect if it beats Hayti Thursday.