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October 8, 2013

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Whitley County pulls out five-set thriller over Corbin

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Sports Editor

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Lady Colonels hadn't played in over a week, but that didn't keep them from pulling out an impressive five-set thriller over 13th Region rival Corbin on Monday.

The Lady Colonels (22-5) were coming off a two-set loss to Corbin in the First Priority Lady Colonel Classic, and were looking to erase the memory of the loss.

They did just that, but it wasn't easy.

The Lady Colonels won the first two sets, 25-14 and 25-17, before seeing the Lady Redhounds (23-7) rally to win the third and fourth sets, 25-19 and 25-18, forcing a fifth and final set.

Whitley County managed to put an end to Corbin's 14-game win streak by winning the final set, 15-13.

"We hadn't played since we lost to them over a week ago, and I thought we would be ready to play," Whitley County coach David Halcomb said. "We watched a lot of film and had a good game plan.

"In the first two games, we executed the way we had wanted," he added. "But we struggled the next two. It's hard to get inside the kids' minds sometimes."

Halcomb said he warned his kids that Corbin could rally, and the Lady Redhounds answered on cue.

"I was really concerned," Halcomb admitted. "I told them Corbin wasn't going to quit. We didn't play as confident as we did the first two games.

"This was a good learning experience," he added. "There is a good chance we could see each other (in the postseason)."

Whitley County will host South Laurel today on "Big Pink" breast cancer awareness day.

The Lady Colonels are now 2-1 on the season. Corbin coach Liberty Roberts could not be reached for comment.

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