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The LaRue County Lady Hawks volleyball team defeated the Hart County Lady Raiders Monday in the first round of the District Tournament at Hart County High School 25-18 and 25-19.
The Lady Hawks maintained a three- to five-point lead throughout much of the first set. The second set was a different matter, though. The Lady Raiders came out determined and held a three-point lead through much of the second set. The Lady Raiders had a 19-16 lead when Angelina Marcum took over the serve.
The Lady Hawks then scored nine consecutive points to win the game 25-19.
“I was just trying to get the ball over the net when I started my serve,” said Marcum. “I have been working on my serving accuracy, but here lately I have also been working on my service speed. When you serve the ball harder, the return is much more difficult. I feel that was important late in the second set when we scored those points.”
Results of Tuesday’s match with the Green County Lady Dragons will be available online.
The Lady Hawks entered district play following a pair of disappointing losses to talented teams. The Elizabethtown Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Hawks Oct. 5 and the Nelson County Lady Cardinals won on Senior Night, Oct. 7, at LaRue County 25-19 and 25-22.
The visiting Lady Panthers defeated LaRue 25-15, 25-16. The Lady Hawks jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the first set, but from there on, it was all the Lady Panthers.
Using powerful serves, the Panthers managed to maintain a 5-10 point lead through both sets.
“What this match came down to was serve-receive,” Coach Ben Schell said. “We weren’t able to make good passes off the serve and were sending too many free balls over to E'town. When you play teams that hit as well as E-town, you can’t give them that many opportunities.”
Brea Huhn had four kills, Haley Holt had three kills and two blocks and Lauren Patterson had two kills and four blocks. Miranda Hornback had two kills and three blocks and Molly Kennedy had five assists.
“E'town is a very good team,” Schell said. “I think we weren’t quite ready for them because we didn’t quite understand just how good they are. Our bright spot was definitely the blocking of Lauren Patterson, Miranda Hornback and Haley Holt. Elizabethtown has one of the best outside hitters in the region in senior Denisha Nichols and our blockers were able to contain her for the majority of the match.”
Cardinals come calling
The visiting Nelson County Lady Cardinals defeated the Lady Hawks in straight sets 25-19 and 25-22 on Senior Night.
“I think we were a little unfocused at the start of the first set due to the Senior Night celebration,” said Schell. “After we recovered our focus we played much better.”
Huhn had five kills, Marcum and Kara Paden had three kills and Kennedy had nine assists.
“Nelson County is a very talented offensive team and we did a pretty good job of defending them,” Schell said.
UP NEXT: The Region Tournament starts Oct. 18 at LaRue County.