TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Lady Colonels continued their district dominance Tuesday in a 3-0 sweep (25-12, 25-19 and 25-16) over Knox Central to capture their fourth straight district title.
The win was a school record 29th on the season and not only improved the Lady Colonels to 6-0 in district play, but David Halcomb’s squad is yet to drop a set to a district opponent.
Despite the win, Halcomb said he wasn’t overly excited about the effort, but admitted that he’ll gladly take the victory, along with the district championship.
“It’s hard to get your team up when you’re playing a team for the third time this season and you’ve beat them fairly easy in the past,” Halcomb said. “I tried the best I could to get them ready for the match.
“I do think we played well in spurts, but we also stumbled in other spots,” he added. “We’ve got some things to try and correct before the regiont tournament, so we have between now and Saturday to try and for that.”
Early on it looked as though the first set could go either way, but Whitley County eventually pulled away on the serve of Kelsey Osborne to grab a 23-11 lead after she rattled off five straight points.
The Lady Colonels closed out the first set for a 25-12 win and wasted little time jumping out to a 17-6 lead in the second set.
Knox Central rallied late in the second set to trim the gap to 24-19, but the Lady Colonels were able to grab the 25-19 win and 2-0 lead in the match.
As if her first-set effort wasn’t enough, Osborne opened the third set with 11 consecutive service points to stake the Lady Colonels to a lead they never let go of in the final set.
Knox Central pulled to within eight points at 24-16, but it was too little, too late for the Lady Panthers as they fell, 25-16 to close out the match.
Halcomb gave Osborne credit for the hot start that led to the win in the third and final set of the match.
“Kelsey does a really good job of placing her serve and that was a big boost for us in the third set,” Halcomb said. “I’m proud of all my girls and even though we’ve reached one of our goals, we have more that we want to do.”