Webster tops Lady Colonels
Not many volleyball teams suited up Thursday because of Fall Break but University Heights Academy and Christian County each hosted home matches as the Lady Blazers cruised by Apollo and the Lady Colonels fell to Webster County in five sets.
University Heights Academy 3, Apollo 0
The University Height Academy Lady Blazers took a set in about every fashion one could on Thursday night.
UHA dominated, made the comeback and even gutted out a close one as it swept Apollo at home (25-15, 25-21, 31-29).
For the Lady Blazers, the win is not only a huge win for momentum's sake, but also for the program as a whole.
"I don't think as a program we've ever beat Apollo," UHA coach Faye Hendricks said. "To be able to do it 3-0, it's big for us. It's a big confidence booster heading into the tournament this weekend ... Really pleased with the way we executed tonight."
After Apollo opened the action with a 3-2 lead, UHA went to work in a big way. Fifteen points later, the Lady Blazers were up 17-4.
Apollo came into its own late in the set, but the deficit was far too large to come back from.
In set two, the Lady Blazers needed to come back to win set two. Their first lead of the set didn't come until they took a 20-19 lead.
UHA needed 31 points to win set three, fighting off a desperate Apollo team that wanted to try and turn the tables, but couldn't take it from the Lady Blazers, who earn their 19th win of the season.
One of the biggest factors in the Lady Blazers' victory was their ability to block and be aggressive at the net. UHA finished the game with six solo blocks and 12 assisted.
Hendricks said that will be big for her team moving forward.
"I think that's really going to be the key for us in the stretch," she said. "Really being able to hunt for the ball on the block and aggressive net play in general. We've got a fairly strong defense, we just need to be able to make sure our front line can execute and put the ball away."
Evelyn Morales led UHA with nine kills in the win. Meghan Adams added eight and Katie Beth Stevens recorded six as well. Lily Hendricks led the way with 18 digs and Beth Peebles set up 29 points.
UHA is back in action at 6 p.m. today against Hopkinsville in the Western Kentucky Smackdown.
Webster County 3, Christian County 2
The Christian County Lady Colonels held an early lead Thursday against Webster County but weren't able to hold on on Senior Night as the Lady Trojans came away with a 3-2 (24-26, 25-23, 20-25, 25-12, 15-13) win.
The Lady Cols honored their seniors before the match but unfortunately, they weren't able to bring home a victory.
Christian County and Webster went back-and-forth in the opening set with County jumping out to a 26-24 win. The Lady Trojans responded with a win in the second set after another close game.
In the third, the Lady Colonels looked to be clicking and hitting their stride as they grabbed a 25-20 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match, but the Lady Trojans had other plans.
Christian County struggled in the third set and fell 25-13 before dropping another close set in the final frame.
The Lady Colonels are now 8-16 as they hit the home stretch of the season.
Christian County plays at 7 p.m. today at the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex against Todd County Central.
The Lady Colonels then play at 8 p.m. against Fort Campbell. On Saturday, they take on Crittenden County and Apollo before the medal round.