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Volleyball varsity whips McLean County in straight sets

The HCHS Lady Hornets volleyball team led from start to finish during a 3-0 win over McLean County at HCHS Saturday.

The first set was a battle with Hancock County coming out on top by a score of 27-25. McLean didn’t go away so the Lady Hornets had to work to win the second set, 25-23. The varsity girls took care of business, winning the final set 25-12.

Sydney Kennedy had seven kills, one block, 13 digs and five aces on the night. Brooke Toler had 21 digs, one assist and two aces, Emma Hurst had five kills, six digs and 10 assists, Karessa Ballard had two kills, 11 digs and two aces, Lauren Kellems had four kills, five blocks and four digs, Ashlynn Madden had three kills, two blocks and four digs, Sydney Weatherholt had two kills, three digs and 11 assists, Kennedy Desper had two kills and two digs, Maddisen Peck had two digs and Ireland Kennedy had one dig. “This was a good win,” HCHS coach Blake Hardison said. “They’ve been playing really well as of late.”

Graves County
Hancock County battled closely during two of three sets in a match against Graves County here Saturday. The Lady Eagles won the opening set 25-18 then cruised to a 25-11 win in set two. The Lady Hornets dug deep during the third set, but eventually fell 25-20.

Hurst had one kill, three blocks, seven digs, 13 assists and one ace, while Ballard had three kills, eight digs, one assist and one ace. Sydney Kennedy had four kills and seven digs, Toler had one kill, 17 digs, one assist and one ace, Kellems had three kills, one block and one ace, Madden had two kills and one block, Sophia Reed had six digs and two aces and Ireland Kennedy had one dig.

Owensboro Catholic
The varsity girls lost in straight sets at Owensboro Catholic last Thursday. The Lady Aces won 25-9, 25-7 and 25-16.
Kellems had nine blocks, two kills and one dig, Sydney Kennedy had one kill, one assist, 11 digs and one ace, Toler had one kill, nine digs, one assist and one ace, Hurst had one kill, one block, four assists, one dig and one ace, Ballard had eight digs, Desper had one kill, three blocks and one dig, Reed had one kill and five digs, Madden had one block and Ireland Kennedy had one dig.
The junior varsity lost in two sets to Catholic.
“It was a nail biter,” coach Hardison said. “We had great performances by Sydney Weatherholt, Maddisen Peck, Sophia Reed and Ashlynn Madden.”

Perry Central
Perry Central just had too much fire power for Hancock County during a match in southern Indiana on Oct. 5. The Lady Commodores won 25-10, 25-10 and 25-8.
Ballard had two kills, two aces, 12 digs and one block to lead HCHS. Sydney Kennedy had two kills, one block, one ace and 10 digs, Kellems had one kill, four blocks and one ace, Toler had 10 digs, Hurst had five assists and three digs, Madden had three kills and one block, Weatherholt had five assists and two digs, and Peck had two digs.
The JV girls lost in two sets. The coach gave credit to Peck, Weatherholt, Kellems and Reed as having strong performances.

Ohio County
Ohio County took the win in three sets over Hancock County during a match at Hartford on Oct. 4.
The Lady Eagles won by set scores of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-9.
Hurst had four assists, four digs and one block, Sydney Kennedy had five digs, Toler had three digs, one ace and one assist, Ballard had two kills, three blocks and four digs, Kellems had two kills and one block, Madden had one block, Reed had one kill, one ace and two digs, and Peck had one ace and three digs.

By Steve Wimmer

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