Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 30, 2013

VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Raceland blocks Lady Devils’ try to up streak

Staff report
The Independent

RUSSELL — Raceland’s volleyball team had lost just one single game in its first six matches.

Russell took a quick 1-0 lead on Thursday, but the Lady Rams’ responded by reeling off the next two games handily and the third by just enough. Raceland won 3-1 (23-25, 25-10, 25-7, 25-21) at Russell to improve to 7-0 overall and 2-0 inside the 63rd District. The victory snapped a five-match losing skid to the Lady Devils.

Kymbria Williams was pivotal throughout the second and third games. The Lady Rams junior had 11 blocks and 13 kills in total.

“She was a force defensively at the net,” said Lady Rams coach Jason Clark.

Makenzi Speaks chipped in eight kills and Abby Brogan came up with four.

According to Clark, the play of freshman libero Leigh Grubb helped immensely.

“She totally commanded the back row,” Clark said. “She was just there for everything.”

Raceland hadn’t topped Russell since the 63rd District championship in 2010.

Russell next plays at Greenup County on Sept. 5.

The Lady Rams are in action on Saturday in the All “A” Tournament at Raceland. Play begins at 10 a.m. with Raceland-Rose Hill.

Boyd County 3

Morgan County 0

Boyd County improved to 4-3 under first-year coach Jerry Gregg with a win at Morgan County on Thursday night.

The Lady Lions threw a shutout, winning 25-20, 25-9 and 25-23.

Junior outside hitter Allison Fliehman led the way with eight service aces and five kills.

Boyd County hosts Fairview on Sept. 5.