On Tuesday night inside the Dickie Warren Dome, the Sullivan Central Lady Cougars halted South’s 52-game regular season conference winning streak — 65 counting postseason — with a thrilling five-set match 25-20, 26-28, 20-25, 25-17 and 15-8.
It was the first time that Lady Cougars had beaten South, and it was an even bigger treat for coach Logan Kemp to celebrate with his team.
“It was just pure joy, especially for the seniors,” Kemp said. “I was more happy for the girls than I was as a coach. They played to the best of their abilities and it felt so good to see that.”
Offensive leaders for Sullivan Central were Taylor Wilson with 16 kills and Elaina Vaughn with 12. Wilson and Vaughn also had five aces each.
Laiken Hoback was also instrumental with 43 assists.
Defensively, Parker Hurd had 19 digs and Taylor Wilson had 13 to complete a season-opening double-double. Gracie Wilson and Hoback also had 11 digs each.
The Lady Cougars actually got down 2-1 in the match after surrendering the lead to South late in the third set. According to Kemp, that is when the switch flipped for Central.
“When the fourth set started, it was like that they began to play with that energy that they started the match with,” he said. “I really think it was more of a group effort than anything. It takes a group effort to beat a team like South.”