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The competition was tough at Fort Knox Aug. 25, but the Lady Hawk volleyball team pulled out a hard-won victory (25-20; 25-18) over the Lady Eagles of Fort Knox.
“We had a difficult time with Fort Knox. I have several girls who are sick and who were coughing on the sideline throughout the match but we still focused and did what we had to do to win,” said Coach Ben Schell.
Molly Kennedy led the way with 17 assists and four aces. Brea Huhn had five kills and seven aces while her sister Melanie Huhn had eight kills. Tessie Embry and Lauren Patterson had two kills each, while Angelina Marcum had two assists and two digs.
“Brea Huhn had a fantastic night from the serving line,” said Schell. “She has been struggling as of late but tonight was her bounce-back performance. Seven aces in a varsity match is incredible.”
He also had high praise for Melanie Huhn.
“(She) was tremendous offensively,” Schell said. “Fort Knox was playing a defense we weren’t used to seeing and Melanie was able to find the holes and play well-placed tips and pushes to spots where Fort Knox couldn’t get to it. She had them moving all over the place.”
The Lady Hawks continued their winning ways Saturday at the Logan County Cougar Challenge. The Hawks won five of six matches in the tournament and finished as the tournament runner-up. There were eight teams in the tournament divided into two pools of four.
The Ladies beat Owensboro High School two sets to one with scores of 25-10, 18-25 and 25-15. Molly Kennedy and Marcum had 25 total assists while Brea Huhn had 13 kills.
LaRue then dispatched Barren County High School two sets to one with scores of 22-25, 25-22 and 26-24 in a very tightly contested match. Kennedy had 19 assists while Brea Huhn and Melanie Huhn had a total of nine aces and 24 kills.
The Lady Hawks went on to face a very good Warren Central High School team and came out the winner after two sets, 25-21 and 25-17. Embry had five kills and one block and Kennedy and Marcum had 18 total assists.
The Lady Hawks continued on, beating Grayson County 25-19 and 26-24 and beating Owensboro a second time 25-21 and 25-20 before losing to eventual tournament champion, Logan County 20-25 and 14-25.
“This was a great showing for us this weekend,” said Schell. “We moved our lineup around a bit and switched to a new offensive system but the girls bought in and really worked hard. We beat three very good teams during pool play and that just set up a great run to the championship game.
“Unfortunately, after playing six matches in one day and our third match in a row without a break against Logan County in the finals, we just weren’t able to put forth a winning effort. I am extremely pleased with the players after this tournament.”
Schell singled out Cassady Crim, Kristin Thompson, Kennedy, Brea Huhn and Marcum for great defense play.
“Lauren Patterson really stepped up from the service line and dominated the game against Owensboro in the semi-finals,” he said. “If we can continue to improve from our efforts during this tournament we will be tough to beat come postseason time.”
The Lady Hawks play at Green County Sept. 3.