By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
CORBIN — It may have taken the Corbin Lady Redhound volleyball team a while to get things going against Bell County Thursday night, but once they did there was no looking back.
Second-year coach Liberty Roberts’ squad cruised to a 3-0 win in its season opener (25-16, 25-16 and 25-12), led by senior Vanessa Wiseman’s eight kills and Landry Jung’s 54 assists.
“I think we started out with a lot of nerves because we had only played at camp and this was the first game in their gym,” Roberts said. “I think overall it was a good opponent to play because they needed to see that we're going to play teams that are able to track the ball well.
“We’ve got to be more aggressive against teams like this and I think we did that tonight,” she added.
The first set was a back and forth affair until Corbin was able to jump ahead 19-14, and eventually close things out at 25-16 on three straight service points by Jung.
The second set was much closer throughout with the teams trading points up until the Lady Redhounds again pulled away and sealed the deal, this time with Hannah Norris rattling off three straight points on serve to grab the 25-16 win.
After seeing her team loosen up for the third set, breezing to a 25-12 win, Roberts said her team's experience played a part in the third and final set.
“The biggest thing this year is that these girls by in large played together last year,” Roberts said. “We only have about two that did not play as part of this team, so they really gelled and it started to show.
“We have Vanessa (Wiseman) and she is a four-year varsity starter in this program, so she’s a real leader in terms of being aggressive,” she added. “Some of the other girls have really picked up their skill level a lot so some of the experience is starting to help.”
Norris and Catie Tucker each had five kills in the match.
Corbin will be in action Tuesday when they face North Laurel for the first of three straight matches on the road. The Lady Redhounds will return home on Aug. 28 when they host rival Whitley County.
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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