By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
LOUISVILLE — The Corbin Lady Redhounds’ season came to an end Friday by dropping a three-set decision (25-7, 25-10 and 25-8) to First Region champion Lone Oak.
Corbin could never get on track against the Purple Flash, as Lone Oak used a 13-0 run in the first set to win and an 18-0 run during the second set to take control of the match.
The Lady Redhounds (29-9) didn’t have an answer for Lone Oak’s size and front-line players Jasmine Bennett, Jessica Lawson and Courtney Brantley.
The Purple Flash trio combined to have 25 kills during the win, as Bennett and Lawson each had nine apiece while Brantley finished with seven.
“I think size was a factor and I think it’s just gonna come down to a matter of our schedule,” Corbin coach Liberty Roberts said. “I mean if you look at Lone Oak’s schedule, they play teams from out of state and they have arrived at that point as a program, which I give credit to them because that’s a wonderful thing and I foresee that in Corbin’s future.
“I think we need to all year long, really challenge ourselves to get better,” she added. “I think size and I think speed were big factors.”
The Lady Redhounds struggled getting things going offensively and finished the game with only eight kills, while the Purple Flash (36-4) had 33.
Vanessa Wiseman led Corbin with five kills while teammates Allison Worthy, Landry Jung and Brianna Shrout each had one.
After seeing the Lady Redhounds take a 1-0 edge to begin the game, Lone Oak recovered by scoring 13 points straight thanks to the serving of Hannah Parker, who finished the game with 29 aces.
Corbin could never recover and lost, 25-7, before losing the second set 25-10 after starting off with a 6-2 edge.
“I told the girls last night it’s not going to come down to serving to a particular player,” Roberts said. “They’re going to vary it to where they want it to hit the floor, so you have to move and we did not do the best job of moving.
“By and large, we are used to being served at,” she added. “They were excellent serving to the seams and the holes on the floor. Once they got on a run, our momentum just flopped and that’s tough to come back from when you go all season winning. You have to learn to have to battle back with teams.”
Despite seeing her team lost during first round action for the second straight year, Roberts said she was pleased with her team’s effort.
“I’m proud of them,” she said. “I would really like to see in the next five years us really become a program that is becoming competitive at state.
“They are a wonderful group of girls and they really have a heart for each other like I’ve not seen as a coach.” Roberts added.