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VOLLEYBALL: Brown, Evans honored

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By Ryan O'Gara, Landmark News Service

With her busy basketball schedule this summer, LaRue County senior middle hitter Ivy Brown couldn’t devote as much time to volleyball as she would have liked.

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That’s why when the volleyball season began this fall, she put basketball on the backburner and focused all her energy into volleyball.

That focus paid off Friday as she was named to the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association Class 2-A All-State first team, 1-of-5 area players to be recognized.

“It’s definitely an honor with volleyball being my second sport,” Brown said. “I don’t spend as much time on it as I should – I missed most of the summer with basketball – but it’s an honor to know coaches think that highly of me.”

It’s all been part of a whirlwind two weeks for Brown, who was named 5th Region Player of the Year, led the Lady Hawks to the region semifinals and will sign a letter of intent to play basketball at Western Kentucky on Thursday.

“I’m just trying to enjoy it all,” said Brown, who admitted she started training for basketball the day after volleyball season ended. “It’s going to fly by, so I’m just trying to take it all in.”

LaRue County senior middle hitter Alley Evans earned second team honors in large part because of her solid all-around game. Brown became the first Lady Hawk to make the All-State team last season and this is the first season LaRue County (24-10) has placed two among the state’s top players.

“The two of them are special because not only could they attack and block, they could play in the back row,” LaRue County coach Ben Schell said. “You can’t replace those kinds of kids. I couldn’t think of two kids I’ve ever coached who have been more deserving of this recognition.”