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The SCHS volleyball team went through the motions Monday in a 2-0 (25-22, 25-15) victory over Spencer County in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament at Shelby County.
SCHS Coach Felicia Pace said the Lady Rockets (22-5, 15-2 in the 8th Region) normally play down against Spencer (11-18, 7-9), but it's still a victory.
“It was a slow game, and that’s something we fall into,” she said. “In our history with Spencer County, whether it’s here [at SCHS] or there, we have not played well the last two years. I don’t know why, but the important thing is we got the win.”
In the first game, the girls finally pulled away after the score was tied at 17. Spencer County wouldn’t quit, though, trimming the deficit to 24-22 before the Lady Bears had a bad serve to end the game.
In the second game, the Lady Rockets were solid, if uninspired.
The girls raced out to a 4-0 lead and led 13-5 early on. But instead of dominating the match, the Lady Rockets sat back and had long rallies, letting Spencer County finally make mistakes.
The Lady Bears, however, capitalized on mistakes by Shelby to go on a 7-1 run, closing the gap to 14-12.
A kill from Heather Luce pushed Shelby’s lead to 16-13, and Leanna Armstrong had two kills to go a long with an ace by Keyshia Patterson that finally gave Shelby some breathing room, 22-15.
Armstrong then ended the match with a booming backline shot.
“Leanna is really on right now,” Pace said. “Since the district, she’s been on top of her game.”
After North Oldham’s dominating performance against Williamstown – 2-0 (25-3, 25-10) in the opener – Pace said her team might have been caught looking ahead against Spencer.
“At practice the other day, I explained to the girls that we can only play one match at a time,” she said. “We played two close matches against Spencer this season, but we can’t worry about who’s next.”
Now the Lady Rockets can worry about the Lady Mustangs (28-9, 15-0). Shelby and North will be the first game tonight, beginning at 6:30. That game will be followed by a match of the winners of Tuesday night's late matches between Walton-Verona and Oldham County and Bullitt East and Anderson County.
“Now we get big time North Oldham,” Pace said. “We’ve had the chance to go back to the drawing board and scout them a couple more times. We have to see what we can do to slow them down, because we’re not going to get to the level of their speed. We have to vary our shots, and make them work to earn points. We can’t just let them sit back and play.”
The winners of tonight’s games will meet Thursday in 8th Region Championship game at 7:30 p.m. at SCHS.