Lady Hawks earn place in regional tourney

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LaRue takes on Marion in first-round game

By Lanny Vincent

The LaRue County Lady Hawks volleyball team came out firing on all cylinders against the Hart County Lady Raiders Monday night, Oct. 12, winning in straight sets 25-16 and 25-22. 

“This is a big win for our program as it now qualifies us for the regional tournament for the fourth consecutive year,” Coach Ben Schell said. “We aren’t satisfied simply getting to the district championship game, though. Our kids set the goal early on this season of winning our first district championship.” 

Tessie Embry and Brea Huhn were dominant at the net with 16 total kills. Molly Kennedy had 10 assists and two aces while Angelina Marcum had six assists and two aces. Melanie Huhn had two kills and two aces, Lauren Patterson had 3 kills and one ace and libero Kristin Thompson had four digs and one ace.

“We will have to play much better against Green County than we did tonight with Hart County, but if we play the match we are capable of playing, I know that we have a good shot at winning the District title,” according to Coach Schell.

The tides turned Oct. 13, when the Lady Hawks met the Green County Lady Dragons. LaRue lost in straight sets 25-14 and 25-19.

 “Our efforts tonight were very inconsistent.  We started the first set very well and were tied 8-8 very early but Green County was able to run several points off their serve and that put us in a much bigger hole.  We started the second set well again and played well but with the score tied 18-18, Green County once again was able to push a lead off their serve,” according to Coach Schell.     

Melanie Huhn had four kills and two aces, sister Brea had three kills and three blocks while Molly Kennedy had eight assists. Cassady Crim also had a big game with five digs. Brea Huhn and Kennedy made the 16th District All Regular Season Team and Brea and sister Melanie also made the 16th District All Tournament Team.

LaRue County was scheduled to open Region Tournament play at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, against Marion County at Green County High School. If the Lady Hawks beat Marion County, they’ll play the winner of the Beth­lehem-Elizabethtown game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.