Lady Hawks fall to Bethlehem at regionals

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Coach praises contributions of team's four seniors

By Lanny Vincent

The LaRue County Lady Hawks volleyball season came to an abrupt end Oct. 21, with a semifinal regional loss to Bardstown Bethlehem with scores of 25-14 and 25-14.

“We just came up short tonight.  Bethlehem did an incredible job of putting pace on their serves and forcing us to make bad first passes,” LaRue coach Ben Schell said. “Had we been able to cut down on our errors, we would have been able to push them.”

Molly Kennedy led the team in assists with eight, while Tessie Embry had three blocks and Brea Huhn and sister Melanie had three kills each. 

While disappointed with the season-ending loss in the regional tournament, Coach Schell was proud of his team.

 “Regardless of the outcome of this match, our season was still the most successful in the history of the program. We tied the school record for wins with 25, were district runner-up for the fourth straight year and advanced to the regional semi-finals for only the second time in the history of the program. We also finished second in the Logan County Cougar Classic, won the Abraham Slam Jam, and won the Purple Division of the Bowling Green Lady Purple Classic.”

“This team has so many positives to focus on from this season that I truly hope that the one negative at the end of the season becomes a distant memory for them all,” he continued.

Schell commended the team’s four seniors: Emily Boone, Tessie Embry, Melanie Huhn and Kristin Thompson. 

“We will never be able to replace what those four brought to this team and it has truly been my pleasure to be able to work with them for the last few years.  The future still looks very bright for us. We have six returning players who now have experience playing deep into the postseason. Hopefully, the girls will work hard this off season and come back in July with high hopes for the 2010 season.”

LaRue vs. Marion

The Lady Hawks opened regional play with a straight set victory Oct. 20 over Marion County, with scores of 25-21 and 25-20. 

“This was a very big win for our program. Last season we lost to Marion County in the first round of the region tournament so tonight we were able to get a little bit of revenge,” Coach Ben Schell said.

Melanie Huhn had 9 kills and 2 aces, while sister, Brea had 5 kills and 2 aces.  Molly Kennedy was the assist leader with 16, Tessie Embry had 4 kills and 3 blocks and Lauren Patterson had 1 kill and 2 blocks.

”We didn’t play a perfect match, but we played well enough to win and that is all that you can ask for in the postseason,” Coach Schell said.

He praised Melanie Huhn for her adjustments against the Marion County’s defense and hitting their holes.

He also singled out Tessie Embry and two blocks she made at the end of the second set that helped secure the victory.