VOLLEYBALL: Lady Hawks progress in District play

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Landmark News Service

 Ben Schell has been coaching volleyball long enough to witness some strange occurrences, but nothing like this.

With senior setter Lorren Newby at the service line in the second set, the second-seeded LaRue County Lady Hawks reeled off 22 straight points against third-seeded Hart County.

Newby had six aces during the spurt and finished with seven aces and 41 assists as LaRue County swept the Lady Raiders, 25-19, 25-1, 25-10 Monday night in the second 18th District Tournament semifinal at Green County.

“We never expected Lorren to serve 22 in a row, but we were playing great defense too,” Schell said. “That sucked all the wind out of Hart. I’ve been coaching a long time, and that’s the first time I’ve seen a 25-1 set between anybody.”

Senior middle hitter Ivy Brown led the Lady Hawks (23-8) with 14 kills, two aces and six digs, while sophomore outside hitter Chloe Owen had 10 kills, two aces and one dig. Junior outside hitter Alyson Yingling chipped in with eight kills, two blocks and one dig.

Senior middle hitter Alley Evans had four kills, two blocks, one ace and eight digs and sophomore Tessa Yingling added four kills.

LaRue County advances to face top-seeded Green County (30-6) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“I think we played as well tonight as we could have,” Schell said. “It definitely sent a message that we’re here to compete and win. It’s cliche to say, but beating a team three times in a season is tough. I think we’re evenly matched with Green. I like our chances.

“I told them that this team deserves it,” he added. “This team deserves to be the team at LaRue County that finally gets it done. But we can’t have any bad sets or take points off. We can’t worry about what Green’s doing and take care of business on our side.”