PREP VOLLEYBALL: Meade County falls in region tournament; North Hardin Christian advances (10/22)

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By The Staff

The News-Enterprise

The Meade County Lady Waves haven’t had much luck in the 3rd Region Volleyball Tournament since moving from the 5th Region before the 2005 season.

That string of bad luck continued Tuesday night as Owensboro Apollo ousted the Lady Waves with a 20-25, 25-16, 25-17 win at Meade County.

The Lady Waves (21-10) were beaten in the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year.

“Some of it, I think, was the girls got discouraged by some of the calls after the first set and had a hard time coming back from that,” first-year Meade County coach Michele West said. “It was an intense game.”

Apollo knocked Meade County out of the tournament for the second year in a row.

Senior outside hitter Claire Cannady paced the Lady Waves with 30 digs and one assist, while senior setter Maris Harreld chipped in with 24 assists, 11 digs and one ace.

Sophomore middle hitter Tiffany Filburn added 11 kills, five digs and three aces and senior libero Julia Powers had 32 digs.

Apollo will play Owensboro Catholic in the championship match at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Lady Aces advanced with a 25-17, 25-13 over Whitesville Trinity.

KCAA 2ND REGION TOURNAMENT: NORTH HARDIN CHRISTIAN DEF. HILLVIEW MICAH, 25-7, 25-5. Senior left-side hitter Clare Souleyrette and senior middle hitter Paige Chapman combined for 23 kills as the host Lady Falcons (20-7-2) won their second consecutive region championship.

Souleyrette also had nine digs and one ace, while Chapman had two digs. The duo was named to the All-Tournament team.

Senior setter Ashley Ford, who was named the tournament’s MVP, chipped in with 23 assists, three digs, two kills and two aces.

Junior back-row hitter Hilary Hilliard added four kills, while junior middle hitter Lauren Buell had four aces.

UP NEXT: North Hardin Christian plays Lexington Trinity Christian at 6 p.m. Friday in the first round of the KCAA State Volleyball Touranment at Shelbyville Cornerstone Christian.