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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Patterson leads LaRue County past North (09/15)

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By Greg Crews

 

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By GREG CREWS gcrews@thenewsenterprise.com RADCLIFF — Lauren Patterson spelled doom for the North Hardin Lady Trojans on Monday night. With the junior middle hitter behind the service line, the LaRue County Lady Hawks went on an 8-0 run in the first game and a 13-0 run in the second as they cruised to a 25-11, 25-10 victory over the homestanding Lady Trojans. “I’ve never really served that well before this year,” said Patterson, who recorded seven aces and put all 21 of her serves in play. “I really stepped it up when I started serving this year. I think once I started serving, everyone started getting happy and we started getting points.” Patterson came to the line with LaRue County leading 14-9 in the first game and helped stretch it to 22-9 as she recorded four aces during the run. With the Lady Hawks clinging to a 9-7 lead in the second game, Patterson took over serving and tallied three kills as she helped push her team to a 22-7 lead. “She does a very good job of getting the ball in and making the serve-receive work,” LaRue County coach Ben Schell said of Patterson. “With some other players, I give spots and tell them where to serve, but Lauren, I just let her go back there and serve it. She’s done a lot of work and gotten very effective back there.” Senior outside hitter Melanie Huhn led the net attack for LaRue County (18-5) as she tallied six kills and an ace, while senior middle hitter Tessie Embry had five kills and a block. Four other players tallied kills for the Lady Hawks as junior outside hitter Brea Huhn had three kills and two aces, junior outside hitter/setter Angelina Marcum had six assists, a kill and an ace, junior setter Molly Kennedy had five assists and a kill and senior libero Kristin Thompson added a kill and an ace. Freshman setter Leah Shartzer had two assists, an ace and a kill for North Hardin (2-13), while sophomore outside hitter Allyssa Gibson added a kill and a block. “In the first game we didn’t play so great, but I thought we came out and played a lot better in the second game,” North Hardin coach Katrina Johnson said. “In the second game, I saw glimpses of the team that I know we have.” Most of those glimpses came early in the second game as the Lady Trojans opened the set with a kill by Gibson — for their first lead of the match — and held LaRue County off as they inched out to a 6-5 lead. From there, however, the Lady Hawks went on a 17-1 run to all but seal the victory. Melanie Huhn finished off the match as she tipped the ball over North Hardin’s front line and in for a kill to extend the Lady Hawks winning streak to eight matches. “We’re definitely on a roll. We hope to keep it up,” said Melanie Huhn, whose Lady Hawks have looked strong since winning the Abraham Slam Jam tournament in Hodgenville on Sept. 5. “It was a big deal because we really wanted to beat Marion (County in the championship). It really helped boost our confidence.” LaRue County won the junior varsity match, 21-13, 21-9 as well as the freshman match, 18-12, 18-9. UP NEXT: LaRue County hosts 16th District rival Green County at 7 p.m. Monday. North Hardin plays at 15th District rival Elizabethtown at 7 p.m. today. Greg Crews can be reached at 505-1754