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Slow-starting Lady Knights regroup to sweep AJ
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NORTH CENTRALS MADELINE PATE (left) receives a serve from Tuesdays match with Andrew Jackson with teammate Erin Humphries also pictured on the play from the Lady Knights 3-0 victory. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Trailing 22-16 in the first set of Tuesday’s Region 4-AA show with visiting Andrew Jackson, North Central volleyball coach Andy Johnson took a look at the scoreboard and, as always, noticed that aside from the score the only numbers in the time section were those counting down the one minute allowed for a time out.The Lady Knights came out of the break and went on a set-ending 10-2 run to take the opener, 26-24. That lit the fuse for a 3-0 sweep as the Lady Knights put this rematch of last year’s AA Upper State semifinals --- won in four sets by AJ --- to bed early by taking the second and third sets, 25-16 and 25-18, respectively.The win gave the hostesses a 6-0 overall record in dual matches and a 3-0 conference ledger.Johnson said his talk to his team during the time out with the Lady Volunteers three points away from winning the opening set was not of the “rah-rah” variety. Instead, he laid his cards on the table and got his team to settle down and take the one point at a time approach.“I have girls with great character,” Johnson said, “and we were in a similar situation earlier this season.