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Volleyball squad sweeps through final three games of regular season

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By Jesse Osbourne

Marion County High School Volleyball Head Coach David Hibbard is proud of the way his team finished out the regular season. The netters went virtually untested in matches earlier in the week against East Jessamine High School and Boyle County High School. MCHS beat East Jessamine on Monday 25-14 and 25-8. Boyle put up more of a fight on Tuesday but still lost in two sets, 25-15 and 25-19. The biggest test of the week came against border rival Washington County High School on Thursday night at Washington County. Marion County disposed of the Commanders after three games, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-19. According to Hibbard, the Lady Knights started slow on Washington County's senior night with some defensive and hitting errors. Falling behind 5-3 and then 10-9, the Lady Knights finally got on track behind a couple of blocks from middle Kaitlin Knopp. From there, the Lady Knight offense got rolling. Kills from Kenna Smith, Lauren Robey and Knopp built the Lady Knights a 20-15 lead. More hitting and defense would finish the game for the Lady Knights. Knopp led the Lady Knights with three kills and three blocks while right side hitter Robey had two kills and two blocks. According to Hibbard, the Lady Knight defense let them down in game two. He said almost every Lady Knight player made a defensive error in the second game. Knopp attempted to keep the Lady Knights in the game with five kills and a block but the defensive mistakes kept the Lady Knights from gaining any momentum. Right side Rosanna Scott added three kills to help the Lady Knights. Game three saw the Lady Knights trail for the majority, falling behind 5-3, 10-8, and 15-14, according to Hibbard. The Lady Knight defense finally found its legs as the consistency on defense led to many Lady Knight kills. Knopp led the Lady Knights in this set with six kills, turning the deficit into a 20-17 lead. Knopp and Scott combined for five blocks to shut down the Washington County hitting attack. An ace from setter Loren Taylor finished off the match for the Lady Knights. "I was really proud of our effort and intensity tonight," Hibbard said in his post match report. "Even though we struggled a little bit with our defense, we kept fighting through our mistakes to power a win. We kept our composure, a great sign of a mature team, and continued to trust each other with what we were doing. I am most proud of the fact that even though we were down for most of the third game, we always maintained the confidence that we would win. This was a great preparation for district and a great way to end the regular season." The varsity squad kicks off district play on Monday night at Taylor County High School at 6:30 p.m. against Adair County. District play continues Tuesday night at 7 p.m. with the winner of Monday night's match playing the winner of the Taylor County versus Campbellsville match. The Lady Knights finish the regular season with a 25-13 record and unbeaten in the district with a 6-0 record. In freshman and junior varsity play, the Lady Knights set the tone for the varsity squad, beating the Commanders in three games and two games, respectively. The freshman won 18-10, 15-18 and 18-11. The junior varsity won 21-11 and 21-18. In his post match report for the freshman game, Hibbard said the freshman squad controlled game one behind some strong serving and hitting. Outside hitter Meagan Medley had three aces while middle hitter Shakyra Young had three kills. The young Lady Knights were complacent in game two and played very poor defense and did not pass well. Game three was back to form as the Lady Knights overwhelmed Washington with serving and hitting. Young again had three kills as setter Megan Caldwell added three aces. In the junior varsity post match report, Hibbard said the JV Lady Knights avenged one of their few losses on the season on Washington's home floor. Power hitting and serving led the Lady Knights to a dominant performance. Middle hitter Ann Kelty Mattingly led the Lady Knights with four kills while outside hitter Evan Thompson added three. Game two was closer but still controlled by the Lady Knights. Middle hitter Shelby Mattingly earned four kills to lead a very stout effort on both offense and defense.