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Anderson County volleyball got right back in the race for the top seed in the 30th District tournament with a big three-set win over visiting Shelby County last Tuesday. The Lady Bearcats prevailed 25-19, 28-26 and 25-15 to improve to 2-1 in district play.
Shelby fell to 1-2 as district teams finished the first half of their district matches.
Over the weekend, the Lady Bearcats participated in the Thorobred Smash, hosted by Lafayette High School at the Kentucky Basketball Academy. Anderson won two out of five matches to finish fourth in the silver bracket of the tourney.
Anderson had set its goals high, hoping to finish in the gold bracket of the tournament.
“We’re here to provide the best, quality coaching for our players to help them achieve their maximum competitive level of play,” Anderson coach Courtney DeLong said in a news release.
Anderson faltered against Lafayette as the Generals posted a 25-10, 25-14 win in the first set. “The first two matches in any pool play (tournament) are critical and set the tone for the rest of the tournament,” Anderson assistant coach Bob Hardin said in the release. “We had the skill to compete on the same level as Lafayette but failed to push through their defense and gain the momentum needed to sustain a victory.
Anderson regrouped with a 3-set win over Lincoln County. Anderson led most of the first game, winning 25-18, but Lincoln came back with a 25-20 win in the second. Anderson carved out a 15-10 win in the third set, earning a spot in the Silver Bracket, or the bracket for teams that placed second in each pool.
On Saturday, Anderson defeated Pulaski County, 25-20, 26-24. “We had some great moments against Pulaski County with consistent serves and good defense,” DeLong said in the release.
Anderson was unable so sustain the momentum, dropping matches to Franklin County (25-18, 25-20) and Betsy Layne (25-16, 25-21) to finish fourth in the bracket.
The first match of the day against Pulaski Co. was in the Bearcats favor (25-20, 26-24). “We had some great moments against Pulaski Co. with consistent serves and good defense.” said DeLong.
“It was nice to see the girls come out strong in an effort to finish leading in the silver bracket.” said Hardin. As the day progressed, the cards weren't in the Bearcats favor, falling to Franklin Co. (25-18, 25-20) and Betsy Layne (25-16, 25-21). Bearcats would finish fourth in the silver bracket to finish out the Lafayette Tournament.
Anderson is 9-8 on the year and will be at George Rogers Clark for a three-way double-header on Saturday with the host school and Lexington Catholic. Monday, the Lady Bearcats travel to Franklin County but return home on Tuesday against Burgin.