LOUISVILLE Rowan County volleyball ended its season Friday night with a loss to Corbin in the state tournament.
The Lady Redhounds, winners of the 13th Region, defeated the Valkyries, 3-1.
The nerves on the senior-heavy Rowan County squad got the best of them in the first set. The Valkyries committed eight errors and four service errors. They fell behind after having a 3-1 lead.
“You could see nerves on both sides tonight, but our side was especially nervous and anxious in the first set,” Rowan County co-coach Dusty Coyle said. “We did not play our best game at all tonight. We did not have our game on.”
A six-point run with Cara Whitus at the serve put the Lady Redhounds up, 20-10. A kill by Mickayla Coppock ended the first set at 25-15.
The Valkyries’ nerves carried over into the second set. They found themselves behind 7-0 to start. However, a 17-10 run by the Valkyries had the score knotted, 17-17.
“We don’t play well from ahead. I think we prefer to play from behind,” Coyle said. “We did a really good job starting out from behind so it is at least familiar territory. Most times we can fix it, but tonight it got away from us. It worked in that second set, but ended up biting us in the butt today.”
The Valkyries fought hard to pull out a win, 25-20. The final point of the second set went to Jocelyn Goldy.
Goldy had seven kills in Friday night’s match. The Valkyries were led by Bailey Brashear, who had 15 kills, three blocks and an ace.
The remaining two sets were won by the Lady Redhounds. Sophomore outside hitter Chloe Adams led them to victory. Adams had 18 kills and two aces during the match. She had seven kills in the final set.
Adams put Corbin up 24-14 and Khloe Herchenhahn put an end to the match with an ace. Herchenhahn had three aces during the final set and four aces in the match. The Lady Redhounds had seven aces in the final set and a total 18 aces during the match.
The Valkyries almost pulled out the win in the third set. The score was tied eight times with six lead changes. After coming back from behind once again, the Valkyries took the lead, 8-7.
The score bounced back and forth until the Valkyries took over, 12-11. They held onto the lead for 16 straight points before relinquishing the lead, 20-19. The Valkyries were unable to reclaim the lead, lost 25-21 and went into the final set down 2-1.
The Lady Redhounds advanced to the quarterfinals, while the Valkyries ended their season 30-9. Corbin plays Mercy, winners of the Sixth Region, at 2:30 p.m. today in the state quarterfinals at Valley High School.