On Saturday, the LaRue County high school JV volleyball team hosted an eight-team tournament. By day's end, the Lady Hawks won the tournament defeating Marion County in two straight games.
In pool play, the Lady Hawks opened play with an easy win over Adair County, 18-1. Adair was able to score a few points in the second game, but again came up short losing to the Lady Hawks 18-5.
In the second game of the pool play, the Lady Hawks again had an easy time of it routing Bullit East 18-2 and 18-7.
The Lady Hawks had a tougher time with the last game in their pool, splitting the two games with Fort Knox, 18-11 and 13-18.
"Fort Knox brought several of their girls who were not seniors but played on their varsity team," said head coach Ben Schell. "It is perfectly alright to do so, they were just a bit stronger than the other two teams we faced in the morning. It was good competition for the JV team and will only make them better getting to play against better players."
In the opening round of the tournament, the Lady Hawks were paired up with North Hardin. The Hawks dispatched the Lady Trojans in two games, 21-12 and 21-15.
"It was a good win," said Schell. "We didn't play real sharp, but we played well enough to get the win and any win is a good win."
In the second round, the Lady Hawks again easily took care of another Hardin County team beating John Hardin in two games, 21-13 and 21-14.
The Lady Hawks then had a showdown with Marion County in the finals of the tournament.
"I knew this wasn't going to be as easy as the rest of the matches had been," said Schell. "I was pleased that the girls were ready to play because if they had not, we would not have beaten them."
The Lady Hawks won the first game of the match in a see-saw affair. The Lady Hawks jumped out to an early lead just to have Marion come storming back. The Lady Hawks were able to hold off Marion to eek out a 21-18 win in the first game.
Marion County came out strong in the second game and were looking to send the match into a third game. Finding themselves behind, 18-12, the Lady Hawks were able to refocus their efforts and came back to win the second game, and the match, 21-18.
"I was proud of the way this team battled back in the second game," said Schell. "This group of athletes has won many trophies already and if they stick together and continue to work hard, should win many more before their high school careers are over."