HENDERSON -- University Heights Academy traveled to Henderson County Tuesday in a battle of 2nd Region powers just two weeks ahead of the regional tournament at Madisonville-North Hopkins.
Despite it being a celebration for the Lady Colonels as they observed their Senior Night, it was the Lady Blazers who roared the loudest as UHA grabbed a 3-1 (13-15, 26-24, 25-15, 25-12) victory.
UHA Coach Faye Hendricks knows it was a big win for her club since her team, HCHS and Caldwell County are the top three teams in the 2nd Region.
"This is the second time this year we've been able to take down Henderson and they're a perennial powerhouse," she said. "They've got the numbers here. They've got size. They've got solid coaching. They've got good club squads up here so they're always a team to be reckoned with. We had to take them seriously.
"I talked to my kids before the game about the fact that it was their Senior Night and that it was going to be emotionally charged. We came out and made a bunch of errors and were trying too hard and once we settled in, we were okay."
UHA had an opening set to forget as the Lady Colonels
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had all the momentum to start the match. Henderson County cruised to a 25-13 win in the opening set and looked as if the team would get revenge on the Blazers for Henderson's loss during the Apollo Summer Slam earlier this season.
But Henderson County wouldn't.
The Lady Blazers won a tight second set and relaxed a bit as they won the third set 25-15.
With the fourth set going back and forth, UHA went on a final run and won the match with a 25-21 victory in the final frame.
Hendricks said they turned a corner after that first set.
"When we did, we really turned it up a notch," she said.
Since Sept. 5, the Lady Blazers have only lost three matches, and they boast the least amount of losses in the 2nd Region at just five and one against a regional foe in Caldwell County.
Hendricks said it's their leadership that makes them so strong down the stretch.
"It's been great to be playing these stronger teams right now because it is giving us a lot of great experience that we're going to need to try to take into the postseason," she said. "I attribute a lot of our success right now to the fact that we've got a number of veterans and they're still learning and growing and trying to get better every day."
UHA (25-5) plays its regular-season finale Thursday at home against Paducah Tilghman.
University Heights Academy 3, Henderson County 1
UHA (25-5)13 26 25 25--3
HCHS (19-11)25 24 15 21--1