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SCHS second at Capital City Invitational

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Lady Rockets go 6-1, fall in title game

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County girls’ volleyball team has started rounding into form.

With a second-place finish at the Capital City Invitational Saturday in Frankfort, the Lady Rockets established themselves as one of the top teams in the 8th Region.

With six victories during the weekend, the girls have won 10 of their last 12 games, and with a 10-3 record have the second-best mark in the region along with North Oldham. Both are behind Oldham County’s 8-0.

The Lady Rockets coasted through the preliminary rounds, losing just one game in a three-game match against Williamstown. The Lady Rockets dominated Boyle County, 2-0 (21-19, 21-19), Madison Central, 2-0 (21-18, 21-6), Western Hills, 2-0 (21-10, 21-12), Williamstown, 2-1 (21-23, 21-17, 15-8) and Henry County, 2-0 (25-18, 25-17).

Shelby got a taste of what to expect in October’s regional tournament when the team met up with North Oldham in the championship match.

“It was good to see them in the championship since they’re in our region,” SCHS Coach Felicia Pace said.

North Oldham came out hot and rocked Shelby County 25-8 in the first game, but the Lady Rockets responded well.

“The first game of the match the girls were overwhelmed with the power of North, and it didn’t help that we missed six serves,” Pace said. “In the second game, the girls finally realized that they could play with them [North] and began to show their offense. Our serving still hurt us, but they played much better and more confident.”

The Lady Rockets still struggled with their serves, missing six more in the second game and falling, 25-22.

However, Pace said she was pleased with her team’s effort, despite the loss in the title match.

“I was very pleased with the play from the girls,” she said. “They were consistent and persistent. I couldn’t ask for more.”

All-tourney

Shelby County’s Heather Luce was named to the All-tournament Team.