The Hayti varsity volleyball team defends a Kennett spike Thursday. Hayti defeated Kennett Thursday night in straight sets to tie for second in regular-season Bootheel Conference play. A drawing will he held Friday to decide the No. 2 seed at next week's conf. tourney at Malden. [Order this photo]
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HAYTI, Mo. - The No. 2 seed in the varsity bracket of the Bootheel Conference volleyball tournament will come down to the luck of the draw on Friday.
Hayti, Kennett and Malden finished in a 3-way tie for second place Thursday night. All three teams finished regular-season Bootheel Conference play with 4-2 conference records.
Kennett missed an opportunity to finish in outright second place Thursday night when it suffered a 25-21, 25-20, road loss to Hayti
"They are big on the net and we are not as big on the net," Kennett volleyball coach Kristy Green said. "We've worked hard on putting our defense in a position to compensate for that. Tonight our defense worked for us. We just weren't able to execute tonight. It was tough."
Hayti set the tone early, building a 7-1 lead out of the gates. Kennett narrowed the deficit to two five times at 10-12, 11-13, 12-14, 15-17 and 18-20, but never led in the first set.
Hayti tallied the first four points of the second set and 10 of the first 13 points for an early 10-3 lead. Kennett cut the margin to four at 17-21 and 19-23 before trimming Hayti's lead to 23-20. Hayti scored back-to-back points following a timeout to secure a five-point victory in set 2.
"We stuck together real good until the end," Hayti coach Alberta Cooper said. "We usually fiddle out, but we were able to keep it going all night tonight.
"We have some girls picking up some stuff we haven't been picking up," Cooper continued. "Our libero did a good job picking up some stuff and our setter took care of the middle. Overall, we played a good game. I believe it was our best game of the year.
"We've got a big girl and I think she scared Kennett at the net," Cooper added. "That's a plus for us. She kind of scared them. I think that kind of threw them off task trying to hit the ball down. They were trying to go around her or over her. It was tough for them to do that."
South Pemiscot finished first in regular-season Bootheel Conference play and will be the No. 1 seed in next week's Bootheel Conference Tournament at Malden.
The No. 2 seed will be Malden, Hayti or Kennett. The No. 2 seed will be determined by drawing one of the three teams out of a hat Friday.
Once the No. 2 seed is determined the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds are determined by examining the head-to-head result of the two remaining teams that were not drawn.
In regular-season conference play Hayti lost to Malden and beat Kennett. Kennett defeated Malden.
Kennett's Jenny Lockhet digs a ball in Thursday's varsity contest against Hayti. Hayti beat Kennett 25-21, 25-20, in varsity volleyball action. [Order this photo]
HAYTI, Mo. - The Kennett junior varsity volleyball team finished Bootheel Conference regular-season play perfect with a come-from-behind 25-14, 23-25, 25-21, victory against Hayti Thursday.
Kennett trailed set 3 11-5 before it went on a 10-3 run to take a 15-14 lead. Hayti went back on top 17-16, but Kennett tallied the next four points to take a 20-17 lead and never trailed again.
"I think tonight was the first night our junior varsity really had to come back from a deficit," Green said. "They were able to do it. It's Homecoming Week and we appeared a little frazzled tonight. I think adjusting to Hayti's strong, consistent serve took us a while.
"The third set we rallied together and pulled it out," Green continued. "They laid it all out on the floor tonight. That's what it takes."
Kennett's junior varsity finished 6-0 in regular-season Bootheel Conference play and will be the No. 1 seed in next week's Bootheel Conference Tournament at Malden.
"I'm excited for next week," Green said. "We go in undefeated. I'm glad to have good competition like we had tonight. We got experience coming back tonight. When you are on top you always have the farthest to fall. We've got a great deal to work on over the weekend to get ready for Monday."