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Lady Knights lose two volleyball matches

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Bethlehem, Green County top Marion County

By Nick Schrager

 The Marion County Lady Knights got a rough start to their week by taking on the Bethlehem Banshees (8-1) on Aug. 25 and the Green County Lady Dragons (3-3) on Aug. 26.

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Despite making runs in all three sets, they fell to the Banshees 25-17, 25-12, 25-14.

“Bethlehem absolutely took us to the woodshed on their serve,” Coach David Hibbard said. “We struggled all night passing their serve, and so we could get very little offense going. In spite of how bad we looked, we still had opportunities to make plays to stay in each set. For moments in each set, we looked like a real volleyball team and played with energy and fire. We just couldn’t sustain those moments.”

He said out of 62 served balls, the Lady Knights only managed to pass nine of them into the target area. As a result, Marion County was taken out of its offensive system, according to Hibbard.

Unfortunately, the story was the same for the Lady Knights when they went up against the Lady Dragons, who have held the title of district champion for the last 11 years. 

Though the Lady Knights came out in a fury, they fell in all three sets, 25-20, 25-11, 25-16. The match allowed them to see where they need improvement as the season progresses. 

Hibbard said they improved from the night before on their serve-receive. 

He said seniors Abby Miles and Mckenzie Reynolds played extremely well against Green County.

“Actually nobody on our team played poorly,” Hibbard said. “That was a whole team effort and we needed that against a good team.” 

On Aug. 28, the Lady Knights fell to the Taylor County Lady Cardinals (6-3). Marion County lost in three sets, 25-17, 25-11, 25-15.