John Hardin volleyball battled from start to finish Thursday in a road match at Louisville Ballard but ultimately fell short 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-10 in a five-set thriller.

“The contests were back and forth the entire night as the scores indicate,” John Hardin coach Walter Hampton said. “Ballard is coached by John Hardin alumni Ashley Fabrizi. They are a very fast moving, hard hitting team that refused to allow anything to hit the floor. We appreciate their hospitality and wish them the best the remaining season.”

The Lady Bulldogs (1-2) won sets one and three but couldn’t get over the hump in the final two frames and fell short.

“I’m very proud of how my Lady Bulldogs came out and fought,” Hampton said. “They maintained a high energy and will to win. Tonight we had amazing blocks from Sarah Jones and Morgan Holst, not to mention the attacks of all our hitters. Cydney Jones did an excellent job setting and executing our offense. Unfortunately, she suffered a mild injury — we will wait on the advice of the doctors as we prepare for next week.

“The contributions of all players tonight was outstanding and we expect to keep that high energy moving forward.”

John Hardin will be back in action Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. home match against North Hardin.

CENTRAL HARDIN DEF. BARDSTOWN 25-18, 25-23, 25-13. The Lady Bruins swept a home match against visiting Bardstown.

Kelsey Brangers had 20 digs, Allie Blair recorded 15 assists, Addie Atcher tallied 10 kills and Sydney Phillips totaled three blocks.

Jenasys Mullen had nine kills, Jasmine Carroll eight, Lauren Vest two each and Lilly Padgett one.

Lindsey Vest recorded nine assists, while Danielle Nelson had two. Sara Powers finished with five digs and three aces.

Central Hardin (2-0) will face Owensboro and Warren East Friday night in the Apollo Summer Slam at Apollo High School.

TAYLOR COUNTY DEF. LARUE COUNTY 25-10, 25-16. The Lady Hawks dropped a home match to visiting Taylor County.

LaRue County (1-2) hosts Caverna at 7 p.m. Monday.


BULLITT EAST 10, FORT KNOX 0. The Eagles dropped to 0-3 with a road loss at Bullitt East.

Fort Knox will try for its first win Tuesday when it travels to Bullitt Central for a 6 p.m. match.

MEADE COUNTY 2, CORYDON CENTRAL (IND.) 2. The Green Wave finished in a draw on the road at Corydon Central (Ind.).

Brycen Schmidt and Jesse Parada each scored goals for Meade County, while Schmidt and Hunter Butler both recorded assists. Kyler Chapman made eight saves in goal.

Both teams had eight shots on goal.

“We are slow out of the gate, so to speak, and our offense is still trying to find themselves at this point, but we are seeing improvement,” Meade County coach Matt Pollock said.

The Green Wave (0-2-1) will host Madisonville-North Hopkins at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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