South Decatur senior Amber Knapp, in white playing Libero, keeps the ball in play with a dig in the second game against Madison Thursday. Teammate Taylor Nolting (No. 13) backs her up on the play.

The South Decatur varsity volleyball team honored the team’s six seniors before its home match against Madison Thursday night.

The six seniors recognized at the final home match of their high school careers are Nicole Dougherty, Alexis Watts, Amber Knapp, Kelsey Snyder, Emily Nobbe and Brianna Palmer.

Senior Night did not get off to a great start, but the Lady Cougars fought back in front of a large contingent of family members and student supporters.

The gym was decorated with banners, ribbon along the bleacher railings, flowers and balloons.

South came out for the first set energetic, but Madison won the first game 25-11.

However, South showed resilience that has helped it win a string of recent matches. The Cougars took charge with an early 5-2 lead. Junior Jamie Johannigman recorded a pair of emphatic points on a kill and block kill to lead South’s rally.

Madison reclaimed the lead at 6-5, but South responded with a 5-0 run highlighted by Kassidie Diekhoff’s block kill. Following a Madison timeout, the visitors answered with their own 5-0 run.

South responded, though, tying the game back up. Diekhoff tallied another kill to keep South’s deficit at two when Madison took a lead.

Ultimately, the guests pulled through to take the second game 25-18.

The junior varsity squad fell in three close games, 21-25, 25-24, 13-25.

Results of the varsity game were not available at the time the Daily News went to press. The score and updated report will be posted on the Web site at

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