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Lady Knights improve to 4-1

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Team has successful week with three wins

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights volleyball team competed in three matches last week, winning all three to improve their overall record to 4-1 on the season.  The wins came over LaRue County, Taylor County and Campbellsville.

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Marion County vs. LaRue County
The Lady Knights traveled to LaRue County to play their fifth game of the season Thursday night. Marion County was able to take the first two sets, and after losing the third set, battle back to win the match in the fourth set.
The Lady Knights were able to win set one easily 25-15 with good hitting and serving. Left side hitter Katie McKinney and middle hitter Logan Powell each had two kills in the set and the Lady Knights had several aces. The second set was much closer, with the Lady Knights winning 25-21. Marion County's defense played poorly early in the set, but McKinney and middle hitter Kyvin Goodin-Rogers had two kills each as the offense woke up. Goodin-Rogers also had two blocks down the stretch, sealing the win for Marion County.
Despite a good offensive set from the Lady Knights, they were unable to win the third set, losing 18-25. McKinney had four kills in the set and Goodin-Rogers added three of her own. The Lady Knights battled back and dominated the fourth set to win the game, 25-17, and win the match against LaRue County. McKinney had four kills once again, and Logan Powell added two late kills and two blocks.
Head Coach David Hibbard commented that the Lady Knights showed great mental toughness as they battled through some defensive struggles.
"Our offense was tremendous tonight, especially Katie McKinney who had 10 kills," Hibbard said. "This was a great end to a very solid week of play for us. Our consistency all week speaks to how much we are improving and moving toward achieving our goals."
The freshman and junior varsity teams were also in action against LaRue County.  The freshman team was able to win in two sets, 17-10 and 17-10. The junior varsity team lost in three sets, 21-17, 19-21, 18-21.

Marion County vs. Taylor County
The Marion County Lady Knights volleyball team went on the road to play Taylor County Tuesday of last week, where they were able to win in three straight sets.  This win took the team's overall record to 3-1, with their district record at 2-0. Hibbard said this was another solid and consistent performance from the team across all three sets.
"We were able to dictate pace and flow for the entire match with our serving and offense and we passed very consistently for all three sets," Hibbard said. "Everyone on our team contributed to the win and we played with energy and hustle. I like the way we have taken our opportunities to make ourselves better this week."
The Lady Knights were able to win the first set 25-12. Marion County only had a slight lead at 10-8, but the offense kicked into gear. Both middle hitter Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and left hitter Katie McKinney both had four kills in the run, while setter Jeni Hall had two aces. The Lady Knights won the second set, 25-14, taking advantage of Lady Cardinal errors and solid serving and passing. Middle hitter Logan Powell and right side hitter Nicole Mattingly both had three kills in the win. Marion County saw more of a batter from Taylor County in the third set, but was able to win 25-18. Powell had two kills and two aces in the win, while Goodin-Rogers added two key blocks.
The freshman and junior varsity teams were also able to pick up wins against Taylor County, with the freshman winning in three sets 17-8, 9-17, and 17-11.  The junior varsity won in two sets, 21-9 and 21-19.

Marion County vs. Campbellsville
The Lady Knights hosted the Campbellsville Lady Eagles on Monday of last week, picking up their first district win after winning in three straight sets.  According to Hibbard, this was a very solid performance over a team that they should beat.
"I was very proud of our girls for not having a letdown after our loss last week," Hibbard said. "We also played with a lot of consistency tonight throughout all three sets. This was a good way to open district play."
The first set win was led by middle hitter Kyvin Goodin-Rogers with five kills and setter Jeni Hall with three aces, with the Lady Knights cruising to a 25-12 victory. The Lady Knights would notch seven aces in the second set, winning 25-10. Left side hitter Abby Murphy had four aces in the set, while left side hitter Heather Roberts added three. Roberts also had three kills in a key stretch. Serving was also the key in the third set, as the Lady Knights won, 25-9. Katie McKinney had five aces, while Logan Powell added two of her own.
The junior varsity team also came away with a win over Campbellsville, winning the first two sets, 21-18, 21-17.