TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
KNOX CENTRAL — The Whitley County Lady Colonels made quick work of Knox Central Thursday, picking up a 3-0 win (25-8, 25-7 and 28-26).
The win was the 11th in a row for the Lady Colonels, who almost let the third of three sets get away after making a wave of substitutions.
Whitley County head coach David Halcomb said he got frustrated late in the third game, but admitted he was proud of the way his team pulled out the win.
“I thought we came out and played really well the first two games,” Halcomb said. “I felt like we moved really well and our spacing was really good also.
“We made some substitutions, which gave me an opportunity to get some other kids on the floor,” he added. “I’ve got six seniors that I don’t always get to get in the game, so I wanted to get them some time. I got a little frustrated at them a few times, but I think they did a really good job of closing out the win.”
The Lady Colonels took control early in the opening set, jumping out to a 6-1 lead before Knox Central trimmed the gap to 9-6.
It was all Whitley County from that point as Kelsey Osborne served the final eight points of the set to get the 25-8 win.
The second set started exactly the way the first ended as Osborne opened with 11 straight points on serve to stake the Lady Colonels to the early lead. Knox Central trimmed the gap to 11-3, but could get no closer as the Lady Colonels recovered to rattle off five straight service points to make the score 16-3.
After Knox Central closed the deficit to 17-7, the Lady Colonels eventually closed out the match for the 25-7 win.
Knox Central looked poised to send the match to a fourth set as it led early, but had to battle back from a 20-13 deficit.
The Lady Panthers had a chance to close out the match when they jumped ahead 25-24, but Whitley County tied things up before eventually picking up the 28-26 win.
The win sends Halcomb and the Lady Colonels into this weekend’s Lady Colonel First Priority Tournament on an 11-match win streak, which Halcomb said would most likely put a target on their back.
“We’re playing really good right now and I feel like there are some really good teams in the tournament, which makes for quality volleyball,” Halcomb said. “There are several teams that I feel like can win this tournament, so we’ll have to continue to play well if we want to come out on top.
“I want to invite the entire community out to see a tournament that I think will feature some quality volleyball,” he added.