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Lady Knights volleyball team competes at Asbury

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By Jesse Osbourne

The Marion County High School Knights volleyball team competed in the Asbury Summer Slam Tournament at Asbury College recently.

The Knights played six junior varsity and varsity matches over two days at Asbury College. There were a total of 12 teams at the tournament including Lafayette, Allen Central, Anderson County, Green County and Pulaski County. Some teams brought more than one squad.  

"The goal of this tournament is to gain some competitive experience for any team that wants to come," Knights Head Coach David Hibbard said.

The team garnered plenty of experience, winning a few and taking some lumps along the way. This squad enters next season without several heavy hitters lost to graduation from last year's district championship team.

"The Knights lost to the best team in the tournament in Lafayette's number one squad (4-21)(13-21) and Green County's number two squad (21-19)(24-26)(13-15). The Knights defeated Lafayette's number three team (26-24)(21-15)," Hibbard said.

Silver Bracket play the following day would prove to be tough as well.

"The Knights lost to a good Pulaski number one team (24-26)(25-21)(8-15) and Lafayette's number two squad (20-25)(29-31) who would win the Silver Division. The Knights defeated Green County's number two squad (25-21)(18-25)(15-5)," Hibbard said.

Overall, Hibbard is excited about what the defending champions are bringing to the table next season.

"We were going to this tournament simply to gain experience with basically a totally new varsity squad," he said. "There are only three returning varsity players from last year's team. After a rocky start on Friday against the tourney's best team, we actually began to play some pretty good volleyball. We were competitive in every game and match and had a chance to win every time we played. Our biggest area of work will be in our consistency. We must get all of our players to play at a high level for an entire match. There were stretches where we looked as good as last year's team, but those stretches didn't last long. So, we have the talent, but need to build up our concentration and consistency. I'm excited about this group because they are very willing to listen and put into action what the coaches ask them to do."

Check back in the future as the Lady Knights continue summer play.