Volleyball Rebels get road win at Somerset

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By Zach Johnson


After dropping three games coming into Sept. 27 match up with district rival Somerset, the Casey County Lady Rebels looked to get back to winning ways and secure a winning record on the season with a win.

But things would get off to a rocky start for the Lady Rebels as they squandered a seven-point lead in game one to drop the first set 27-25.

But Casey would respond in a big way after the first set sweeping the next three sets 25-23, 25-16, and 25-11 to defeat Somerset for the second time this season.

After the game head coach Victor Black admitted that his team come out a little flat to start the game, but was pleased with the way his team responded and played in the final three sets.

“The second game we began to play better once I began subbing some girls in and out and we slowly clawed our way back to a lead and squeaked out the win 25-23. We slowly started covering the pushed balls across the net and cut down on some unforced errors on our part.

Games three and four we looked a lot better. We began to get some serving aces and attacked the net with force. Senior Brittany Murphy nailed three aces in a row and picked up a fourth ace in the final frame. Plus she gave us a morale boost with her hustle to some balls that were initially bad passes. She stepped up big and saved us some much-needed points.

Kailey Piatt had an outstanding match as well. She led us in kills, aces and picked up 5 digs. She’s our big gun at the net and we need her hitting the ball well heading into the last week of the regular season,” he said.

Black said he was especially pleased with the way his Lady Rebels played the final two sets.

“Those final two frames we covered those short balls from the wings and kept our passes out of the net which helped us to have 23 kills on the night. Which helped Laura set our hitters. She did not have to fly all around the court to set the ball. Our focus from a passing standpoint is to get the ball in front of the attack line to Laura as much as we can. When we do that, we attack the net and get way more kills against our opponents.

20 digs was a good number for the team as well. Somerset has gotten better as the year as gone on. They have two really nice hitters. With us having 5 girls digging the balls against those type hitters, I was pleased with our overall back row performance,” he said.

The win brings the Lady Rebels record to 17-13 on the season and 3-3 in the 47th district.

The win also puts them in a tie for the second seed with Rockcastle County for the upcoming 47th District Tournament which will be held at Rockcastle County High School October 9 and 10.

Black said he was proud of the accomplishments of his team on the season with how many seniors the team lost last season.

“It was nice to stop the losing streak at three. Plus we’d lost two 47th District matches during that time to Pulaski and Rockcastle. It put our district record at 3-3 and tied us with Rock for second place in the seeding. For a program that lost a ton of seniors from last year and has been playing the majority of the time with sophomores and one senior, I think that speaks well of these young ladies and their work ethic to compete this year, not just say “let’s just work on our game and rebuild and worry about districts the next two years”. They wanted to be competitive and try and win now. I’m very proud of how far they’ve come this season,” he said.

Statistical leaders on the night include Laura Bastin with 19 assists, Mylee Poore with 1 kill, 1 ace, 1 block and 1 assist block, Kailey Piatt with 13 kills, 6 aces and 5 digs, Tarah Durham with 2 digs, Kylie Long with 1 kill, 1 block and 1 assist block,

Kyra Palmer with 8 kills, 1 ace and 4 digs, Brittany Murphy with 4 aces, 1 dig and 1 assist and Meredith Lee with 8 digs.

Scores and reaction for the Lady Rebels game versus Russell County and Burgin on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 were unavailable before press time and will be covered in next week’s edition of Casey County News.

This week the Lady Rebels play in the 47th district tournament against Rockcastle County on Oct. 9. Casey split the two regular season match ups with both teams winning at home.

The 47th District Tournament will be held at Rockcastle County.