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Despite missing three starters Saturday, the LaRue County Lady Hawks didn’t miss a beat in winning the Anderson County Invitational.
LaRue County went 5-0 to win the nine-team tournament, topping Madison Central in three sets in the final, 26-24, 20-25, 15-4.
The Lady Hawks (15-4) also beat Bardstown, 25-11, 26-24 in the tournament semifinals and went 3-0 in pool play – beating Anderson County (25-18, 25-20), Henry County (25-14, 25-16) and Bardstown (25-22, 25-22).
Senior middle hitter Alley Evans led LaRue County with 44 kills, 13 digs, seven aces and three blocks, while senior middle hitter Ivy Brown had 37 kills, 14 digs, 10 blocks and seven aces.
Senior setter Lorren Newby chipped in with 110 assists, five digs and four aces, and sophomore outside hitter Chloe Owen had 16 kills, 33 digs and five aces.
The Lady Hawks were without junior outside hitter Alyson Yingling and sophomore Tessa Yingling on Friday and Saturday, and senior libero Sadie Peters missed Saturday’s matches.
The Lady Hawks defeated 5th Region rival Marion County in four sets Sept. 23.
After dropping the opening set, the Ladies rallied behind their front line of Brown and Evans.
Brown had eight kills, four blocks, three digs and one ace and Evans had nine kills, two blocks and one dig as the Lady Hawks won, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 29-27.
Alyson Yingling chipped in with eight kills, one block and one dig for the Lady Hawks. Junior defensive specialist Kylie Rogers chipped in with five digs and three aces, while senior setter Lorren Newby had 30 assists and two digs.
The Lady Hawks defeated Thomas Nelson 3-0 Sept. 24 (25-21, 25-17, 25-14).
The Lady Hawks had their 11th straight victory by defeating Washington County 3-0 Sept. 30 (25-21, 25-18, 25-15).
Brown had 12 kills, six blocks, four digs and one ace. Evans had seven kills, 11 digs and three aces. Newby had 27 assists. Owen had six kills and two digs.
UP NEXT: LaRue County hosts Green County at 8 p.m. Oct. 3.