The Lady Hawks’ season came to an end Tuesday night as they fell 25-12, 25-9 to Central Hardin in the 5th Region Volleyball Tournament quarterfinal match.
The tournament is hosted at Nelson County.
LaRue County (12-21) couldn't contend with Central Hardin's strong serving. The Lady Hawks opened each set with a lead, but the Lady Bruins answered back with runs.
LaRue County led 1-0 in the first set before Central Hardin answered with three straight points and added a 5-0 run a few moments later to jump out to a 9-3 lead.
It was worse in the second set.
After LaRue County went up 4-1, the Lady Bruins roared back, going on a 9-0 run to take a 10-4 lead. Then, Central Hardin added an 11-0 run to push the advantage to 21-5.
“They served the ball real well. They got on such runs. When you want to stop the run is about three points. We almost had the chance to do it. We charted their serves from the last time (we played),” said Lady Hawk Coach Ben Schell, whose team suffered a 25-14, 25-6 loss to the Lady Bruins on Aug. 30. “They are so much quicker than anything we've seen. You have to play them almost every day.”
Sophomore Ivy Brown led the Lady Hawks with two kills, while senior Courtney Clyde and freshman Alexis Brewer had one each.
It was a bumpy ride for LaRue County this season. This was the first time in four years the Lady Hawks didn't win at least 20 matches.
And in his fourth year, Schell had a lineup which featured just one senior and more than a handful of new, young players, dealt with a mess of early-season injuries and mixed and matched lineups throughout most of the season.
LaRue County split its final six matches, including an 18th District Tournament win over Hart County at home. And behind that, Schell thinks the Lady Hawks can return to success again.
“I wish we would've competed more,” Schell said. “We lose one senior with Courtney Clyde. But everyone else is back - as long as they all come back and want to play. But they have to work at volleyball. That's what I told them in the locker room.”