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The LaRue County Lady Hawks volleyball team had a busy week winning four and losing four games. They started out the week losing a very tough match against rival Green County 2-0 on Monday night, then beating a very good Washington County team 2-1 on Tuesday night. They split three and three at Elizabethtown Invitational.
The Green County Lady Dragons exacted revenge upon the Lady Hawks Sept. 20 with a two-set victory 25-17 and 25-20. The Lady Hawks had defeated the Lady Dragons earlier in the season 28-26 and 25-20.
“We really struggled in all aspects of the game tonight,” said Head Coach Ben Schell. “We never found a rhythm on offense or defense. Green County was getting to everything that we put at them and then sending it back at us with force.”
Sophomore Kara Paden had five kills while Brea Huhn had three. Senior Molly Kennedy had 11 assists; Miranda Hornback had two kills; and senior Lauren Patterson had three blocks.
While disappointed with the loss, the Lady Hawks are looking forward to playing Green County again, Schell said.
“After winning the first game with them this season, I think we had a little bit of a let-down in this one,” he said. “In order to continue to be successful, we must be able to forget the past and move onto the next game. Hopefully, we’ll see Green County again in the District tournament.”
Washed up Washington
After losing to the Lady Dragons Monday night, the Lady Hawks came ready to play Tuesday night against the Washington County Commanderettes. The Hawks jumped out to a big lead in the first set leading by as many as 10 points with the final score 25-11.
The Commanderettes came out determined in the second set, taking a big lead. The Lady Hawks tightened up, tied the set at 19 but lost 25-23. In the third set, Washington County jumped out to a 6-2 lead but the Lady Hawks scored 6 straight points to lead 8-2 and never looked back. At one time, the Lady Hawks led 21-11 and won the set 25-16.
Paden had seven kills and seven aces; Huhn had eight kills; Patterson had three kills and four aces; sophomore middle hitter Haley Holt had four kills and four blocks; and Kennedy had 13 assists.
Coach Schell was proud of the way the Ladies came back in the third set.
“We played very well in the first and third sets. I think we relaxed a lot after winning the first set so easily, and Washington County made us pay by pulling out to a big lead early. Kara Paden had a fantastic night serving.”
A key point in the first set was when Patterson had four consecutive aces.
“I was just trying to get the ball over the net and hit the ball hard,” said Patterson. “I don’t think about anything else when I’m serving. After our tough loss against Green County … we were determined to come out as a team and work together. We know that, as a team, if we work hard that we have a shot at going a long way toward the District title and possibly even a Region title.”
Patterson, the daughter of Andy and Susan Patterson, has played volleyball since the seventh grade. She plans to continue her education after high school, possibly attending Elizabethtown Community College.
On Saturday, the Lady Hawks traveled to Elizabethtown to participate in the Elizabethtown Invitational. They defeated Bullitt East, North Bullitt and Ohio County and dropped matches to North Bullitt and twice to a very tough Whitefield Academy team.
Paden led LaRue County with 21 aces, 18 kills and five blocks while Patterson added 17 blocks and 13 kills. Huhn had 21 kills, nine digs and six aces, while Holt had 19 blocks and nine kills. Kennedy had 43 assists and 12 kills.
The Ladies play Campbellsville on Thursday. Their final home games will be against Elizabethtown on Oct. 5 and against Nelson County on Oct. 7.