In what was a rather typical moment for the Boyd Buchanan volleyball team, freshman setter Cali Sandhoff set a pass high in the air to senior Julia Headrick to take a big swing on.
Headrick spiked the ball to the middle of the floor in front of diving defenders and was shocked at the ovation she received. That one of her match-high 14 kills gave the Lady Buccaneers a 7-0 second-set lead and was a highlight in a 3-0 sweep of Red Bank on senior night.
"I honestly thought they were just cheering for the point, and then I saw the big sign that said 1,000 kills," said Headrick, who had 36 kills in a win last week over Collegdale Academy. "It was such an exciting and unexpected moment. Everyone was so happy, and it was just a really cool moment I won't forget."
Red Bank challenged late with left-hander Lexie Wright providing her fourth kill of the third set for a 24-23 lead, but Boyd Buchanan senior Zoe Pryor stepped to the service line and sealed the match with three consecutive points.
The Lady Bucs (16-21) also received back-to-back kills in a runaway second set by their only other senior, Katie Culver, who played a pivotal role in wins of 25-17, 25-11 and 26-24.
"Our seniors have done such an amazing job in helping prepare a rather young team for the future," Boyd Buchanan coach Ashley Green said. "They have helped our girls improve a lot. We can rely on all three of them, and Julia has sparked our offense all season."
Red Bank (11-22) took a 5-2 lead in the first set as Bailee Phillips landed an impressive kill from the back line, but the home team's Addie Stone led a 9-0 run with four of her match-high five aces.
In the final set freshman libero Calla Brady also reached a milestone for the Lady Bucs as she recorded her 1,000th career dig and was gifted a mini shovel by her team. Brady finished with 31 digs, while classmate Sandhoff had 26 assists.
"When we can serve-receive well, we have a fantastic setter that can put the ball anywhere and get our offense going," Green said. "We have a very promising future, and I am thankful our seniors have helped these girls grow. I truly believe we will have a road to state in the near future. We are focused on finishing this season strong, too."
Zoe Helms and Shante Smith had four aces apiece for Red Bank, while Ashley Ware led the visitors with seven kills.
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