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October 18, 2012

Both Corbin and South Laurel advance to 13th Region championship game

CORBIN — By Les Dixon / Sports Editor

LYNN CAMP — Both Corbin and South Laurel advanced to the 13th Region title game by picking up wins in semifinal action Wednesday.

Corbin improved to 28-8 on the season after upending Jackson County in three sets (25-15, 25-14, 25-16).

The Lady Redhounds led 11-9 in the first set before pulling out the win and was tied at 12 apiece in the second set before winning.

“This week we have been focusing on playing the cleanest and most aggressive with the most speed that we have,” Corbin coach Liberty Roberts said. “I think they are trying this week as a team to take it over by themselves. I was happy with them overall.”

Roberts credited her team’s serving as a big key in the win.

“We’ve had some games where it has been our weakness, so we’ve got to make serves first and when we do that, it helps,” she said.

In the nightcap, the Lady Cardinals (19-6) didn’t waste any time putting away Harlan County in three sets (25-5, 25-18, 25-19).

South Laurel cruised to an easy 20-point win in the first set before the Lady Black Bears began to put some pressure on them during the final two sets.

“We told them coming into the game they needed to be prepared and mentally prepared because we needed to keep going on track and be prepared for tomorrow,” Greer said. “They started out that way, but they got a little too relaxed and it was hard to keep their momentum going.”

The win sets up a fourth meeting between Corbin and South Laurel with the Lady Redhounds winning all four matches.

Two of the matches have went five sets, including last week’s 50th District title game.

Despite seeing her team winless against their 50th District rivals this season, South Laurel coach Fawn Greer likes the Lady Cardinals’ chances of advancing to state play.

“I think we’re ready,” she said. “Our last match with them at the district was so close — they have the heart and I think they’ll come out and bring their heart the next game. It’s hard to tell what team will come out, but I think we’re ready to fight for it.”

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