Volleyball girls claim four victories

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Lady Knights volleyball team had an overall good week, winning four matches and dropping two. Marion County was able to defeat Campbellsville on the road Thursday, and during the Pulaski County Invitational this past weekend, the team was able to win three matches while losing two. Overall, the Lady Knights' record stands at 19-6, with their district standings now at 8-0.  The Lady Knights also picked up the program's 200th victory this past week.


In the Pulaski County Invitational...

On Friday and Saturday of last week, the Marion County Lady Knights volleyball team competed in the Pulaski County Invitational. The Lady Knights went 3-2 on the weekend in both pool play and tournament play. In the first pool play match, Marion County defeated Corbin in two sets, 25-11 and 25-13. Shakyra Young paved the way with an amazing match, notching seven kills and four aces. 

In the second pool play match, the Lady Knights lost to Rockcastle County after taking the match three sets. Marion County won the first set 26-24 before falling in the second set 17-25 and the third 6-15. Head Coach David Hibbard said the team played well in the first set but had 11 hitting errors and four serving errors in the second set, which took their momentum away.

"In set three, we totally fell apart," he said. "We should not have lost this match. I really felt like we were the better team."

In a crossover match, Marion County was able to defeat Pulaski County in two sets, 26-24 and 25-21. Coach Hibbard commented that this match was an all around tough effort from the team against a really good Pulaski County team. Hibbard also added that different Lady Knight players stepped up at different times in this match.

In tournament play, the Marion County Lady Knights volleyball team won their match against South Laurel but fell in their semifinal game against Pulaski County. According to Coach Hibbard, the South Laurel match was an easy win for the Lady Knights.  Marion County beat South Laurel in two sets, 25-14 and 25-13.  Shakyra Young led the way once again for the Lady Knights with seven kills and three blocks in the win. 

In the semifinal game against Pulaski County, the Lady Knights lost the first set 11-25, where Coach Hibbard commented that the team was overwhelmed with Pulaski County's serves. However, Marion County fought back to win the second set 25-23, where blocking from the front line was key. In the third set, the Lady Knights fell 10-15, where the team couldn't grab any momentum and made a couple of mistakes down the stretch.

Overall, in the Pulaski County Invitational, Coach Hibbard commented that he saw some flashes of good mental toughness that the team can build on for the end of the season.

"We have three weeks left in the regular season to prepare for a good stretch run," Hibbard said.

Hibbard also added that the Lady Knights won the program's 200th victory during this tournament.


On the road vs. Campbellsville...

Thursday night, the Marion County Lady Knights volleyball team went on the road to play the Campbellsville Lady Eagles. The Lady Knights were able to dominate the entire match with strong serving and outstanding offense, picking up their 16th win of the season, with their district standings now at 8-0.  Right side hitter Shakyra Young led Marion County with 4 kills and middle blocker Kyvin Goodin-Rogers led the Lady Knights with 4 blocks in this district win.

In the first set, the Lady Knights were able to beat the Lady Eagles by a final score of 25-16. Midway through the first set, Marion County went on a 10-3 run that put the set away at 20-9. The Lady Knights cruised to an easy first set win from there.

In the second set, the Lady Knights were able to beat Campbellsville 25-7, with an even more dominant performance. Six Marion County hitters notched kills, led by middle hitter Abby Murphy. Young threw in another three service aces to pace the Lady Knights to a very easy win.

According to Coach Hibbard, this makes the third time out of the last four seasons that the Lady Knights volleyball team has gone undefeated in the district during the regular season.

"I am very proud of our girls for working hard to earn the No. 1 seed in our district tournament (which we host)," Hibbard said. "Now we need to set our sights on playing some of the better teams in the region over the next three weeks as we prepare for tournament time."

The Marion County Lady Knights junior varsity volleyball team also played Campbellsville Thursday night, defeating the Lady Eagles in two sets. The score of the first set was 21-12, and the score of the second set was 21-14.