Ladycats hold off Spencer County

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By Tommie Kendall

In their only game on the volleyball court last week, the Henry County Ladycats used a couple of surges to hold off Spencer County in the first game then easily won the second to win the best-of-three series, 25-20, 25-13.

The Ladycats improved to 6-4 overall with two games this week — Tuesday at Gallatin County and Thursday at Walton-Verona — and a home match against cross-county rival Eminence next Monday starting at 6:30 p.m.

Against Spencer last Thursday, Henry was in front 10-1 before Spencer stormed back to tie the game at 10. Henry then made its own run, and held off a fighting Spencer squad down the stretch for the 25-20 win. It was a game of runs.

“That was a little strange,” HCHS coach Jon Kasten said. “Every girl in our rotation served just one time, and I told our players afterwards that if that happens then it should be a blowout. We can’t let other teams put runs on us like that.”

Henry had fewer problems putting Spencer away in game two, allowing no big runs and winning 25-13.

“Actually, I thought we played well that night,” Kasten said. “One thing that really stood out is our players were up and working hard together. It was probably our best team effort of the year.”

Kasten pointed out that Jessica Booher and Kelley Everidge really stood out. Booher served nine straight points in the first game to give Henry its comfortable lead, and Everidge was near perfect at calling plays and setting the ball. Everidge, in particular, was a big bonus to a squad that is trying to get back to the top of the 28th District and contend in the 8th Region tournament.

“It was the best game she’s called in two years,” Kasten said of the senior who has been playing varsity since middle school. “She set the ball around very well, which is what we need her to do to win these games. I was most impressed by her and I hope that effort continues over to the rest of the year.”

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