Lady Indians earn spot in district tournament

Published 11:51 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Smithfield—Southampton High School’s volleyball team beat York in a regular-season playoff here Saturday to clinch the eighth and final spot in the Bay Rivers District tournament.

The Lady Indians prevailed 26-24, 25-19, 15-25, 25-16 in a matchup of teams with 5-15 records.

SHS’ season ended Tuesday with a 25-21, 25-11, 25-4 loss to top-seeded Jamestown in the opening round of the district tournament.

Southampton was led by Megan Revelle, who went 20-of-20 serving with 3 aces and also had 8 kills. Seniors Alexis Foster and Samantha Urquhart had great performances in the final regular-season performance of their high school careers. Foster went 18-of-18 serving with 2 aces and added 5 kills, 4 saves and 11 assists. Urquhart went 8-of-8 serving with 2 aces and 7 kills.

Regina Artis and Marisa Cabell led the Lady Indians with 3 solo blocks a piece, while Cabell also had 5 aces.

Urquhart said the district tournament berth was gratifying, “especially since it’s our last year. We usually go every year, but since this is our last year, I would like for us to go as far as possible.”

Senior Lindsay Young said that “it took us all season to play together, but now that we are, it’s nice; we are actually having fun now and playing hard.”

Assistant coach Chad Brock, subbing for head coach Diane Seward, said he believes this year’s SHS squad is “the most talented team that we have ever had, especially in the past five years that I have been observing the varsity team.”

“Unfortunately, we did not get it done in the regular season; that is why we had to play this game today,” Brock said. “Thanks to this win, we now have another opportunity to prove in our last year here in the Bay Rivers District that we can play in this district and play at this level, because this is probably the best district in the state.”