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Pink-tinged top-5 pairing goes to the girls in green and gold
Lady Knights take down third-ranked AJ in four sets
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NORTH CENTRALS AMBI WOOD (left) and teammate Erin Humphries go up for a block of a shot from Andrew Jacksons Cassidy McKittrick (16) during Mondays Dig Pink match at The Castle in Boonetown. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
After two sets of Monday’s best-of-five match with visiting Andrew Jackson, the only thing host North Central had in common with its rival was the fact that both teams wore pink T-shirts in honor of “Dig Pink” festivities at The Castle in Boonetown.As the two top-five ranked class AA teams headed into the locker room while fans competed for prizes in the “Serving for a Cure” portion of the evening, the host Lady Knights seemed to have this pairing well in hand having won the first two sets by identical 25-11 scores. The nearly 30-minute break however, seemed to steal some of the momentum from Andy Johnson’s fifth-ranked charges.Returning to the court, the third-ranked Lady Volunteers appeared to be re-invigorated in taking the third set, 25-20, before NC rallied back to close this one in four, winning the finale, 25-16.A sheepish Johnson smiled when asked how the layoff between the second and third sets affected his team.“We had entirely too many unforced errors in that third set,” Johnson said, while refusing to use the break as an excuse for his team’s play. “When we minimize our unforced errors, we can play really well at times.