PREP VOLLEYBALL: Meade claims second 9th District title; Green tops LaRue (10/15)

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By The Staff

The News-Enterprise

The Meade County Lady Waves won their second consecutive 9th District Volleyball Tournament championship with a 25-22, 25-21 win over tournament host Hancock County on Tuesday.

Since moving to the 9th District in 2005, the Lady Waves have won three of the last four titles.

“It’s pretty huge. We’re really excited,” Meade County coach Michele West said. “The girls did a great job and they’ve been consistently making improvements as the season’s gone along.”

Senior outside hitter Claire Cannady led the Lady Waves with 20 digs, five kills and one ace, while sophomore middle hitter Tiffany Filburn chipped in with six kills, four aces, two digs and two blocks.

Junior middle hitter Bliss Powers added five kills, three digs and two blocks and senior setter Maris Harreld had eight assists, four digs and two blocks.

Powers, Filburn and Harreld were named to the All-Tournament team.

The draw for the single-elimination 3rd Region Tournament, which will be held at Meade County, takes place Sunday afternoon.

15TH DISTRICT: GREEN COUNTY DEF. LARUE COUNTY, 25-22, 25-11. After pulling out a close win in the first set, the Lady Dragons opened the second set with a 6-0 run and never looked back.

“I think it was the break in between,” LaRue County coach Ben Schell said. “Having to wait 3 minutes to play, I think that hurt us.”

Sophomore middle hitter Lauren Patterson paced the Lady Hawks (20-11-2) with seven blocks, while junior middle hitter Jessica Stanley had six blocks and two kills.

Senior outside hitter Megan Mauldin chipped in with four blocks and one kill.

The Lady Dragons won their sixth consecutive district championship, with the last three coming in wins over the Lady Hawks.

“Green picked it up when they got the advantage and took it to us,” Schell said. “Once we turned it around, it was too far out of our reach.”

UP NEXT: LaRue County plays in the 5th Region Tournament at Central Hardin.

NORTH HARDIN CHRISTIAN DEF. LOUISVILLE HOLY ANGELS, 25-8, 25-10. Senior left-side hitter Clare Souleyrette is starting to return to her old form, leading the visiting Lady Falcons (18-7-2) with 10 kills, four digs and three aces.

“It was a lot better. It completes the team,” North Hardin Christian coach Cassie Holley said. “The team did a great job covering for her, but they’re glad to have her back.”

Senior setter Ashley Ford chipped in with 11 assists, five aces, three digs and one kill, while senior left-side hitter Stephanie Leroux chipped in with seven digs, three aces and one assist.

Senior middle hitter Paige Chapman added two kills, two blocks and one ace.

North Hardin Christian won the junior varsity match, 21-13, 21-16.

UP NEXT: North Hardin Christian hosts Shepherdsville Rolling Hills Christian at 6 p.m. Monday.