STATE VOLLEYBALL: Mercy sweeps E’town

LOUISVILLE — Elizabethtown’s run in the KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament ended quickly.

Louisville Mercy Academy defeated the Lady Panthers 25-10, 25-10, 25-20 Friday afternoon inside J.C. Cantrell Gymnasium at Louisville Valley High School.

The Jaguars were phenomenal.

Their hitting percentage was .619 in the first set and .650 in the second set.

Mercy totaled 28 kills in 41 attempts with a mere two errors.

It hit .405 for the match in moving to 34-6 and will take on the Corbin/Rowan County winner Saturday in the quarterfinals.

The Jaguars scored the first nine points of the match on three kills by Caitlin Carpenter, a pair of aces by Fallan Lanham, three Elizabethtown errors and an Elena Scott kill.

“When you’re playing these teams up here, when you’re playing these parochial-type schools that are perennially ranked in the top 30, top 50 in the nation, you know as a coach and as a team ... when you give up five (points), you pretty much just dug your own grave,” Elizabethtown coach Bart Catlett said. “You’re not going to go on runs because they have great ball control and great blocking.”

Catlett called a timeout down 5-0.

“Three points is the max that you want to give up to kind of keep yourself in it or fight back from,” he said. “We got used in our area to being down eight and coming back and winning; being down five and coming back and winning; being down 10 or 11 and coming back to win. You cannot ever, ever do that against these teams.”

Mercy took a 4-1 lead in the second set and grew it to 14-6 on a Scott kill from Eleanor Beavin.

Two aces by Scott and a Brandy Eisenback kill made it 20-8.

The start to the third set wasn’t any different as the Jaguars jumped out to a 6-1 lead after another Scott kill.

The Lady Panthers scored six of the next seven points, the last an ace by Presley Payne.

Mercy grew the lead to 18-13, but Elizabethtown again won six of the next seven points, the last two kills by Elizabeth Godfrey and M.E. Hargan.

The Jaguars, though, answered with a run of five of the next six points to finish the match.

Sydney Clark, Godfrey and Hargan each had five kills as the Lady Panthers finished with a .196 hitting percentage. They had 19 kills and eight errors in 56 attacks.

Allison Holloway had 13 kills and hit .750 for the Jaguars. Carpenter totaled nine kills and Lanham eight.

Scott, a Louisville commit, finished with 29 assists.

Elizabethtown’s season ended at 35-4.

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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