By Mitch Howard
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
South Laurel improved to 2-0 with a four-set win over Jackson County, but the Lady Cardinals did get tested. After winning the first two sets 25-17 and 25-13, they would drop the third set 18-25. South Laurel then found its rhythm again midway through the fourth set to pull out a 25-20 win.
There were three ties in the first set before South Laurel took an 8-7 lead. Two kills from Savannah Baxter pushed the Lady Cardinals from two points down to a 7-7 tie.
Once South Laurel got the serve, Whitney Wilt recorded aces on three of the next four serves to build a lead. The Lady Cardinals led by as much as 16-10 before Jackson County trimmed it back to three points. It was Baxter again with a couple of kills to end the rally.
The Lady Cardinals took control of the second set earlier. It was Katie Reynolds at the net that led South Laurel to a 13-3 lead. Reynolds recorded four straight points with three coming on blocks. The Lady Generals never got closer than nine points from there.
South Laurel would not be able to end the match quickly with Jackson County looking like the more inspired team in the third set. The Lady Cardinals fell behind 7-2 with a series of poor sets and poor serves. Katelyn Spicers work around the net had the Lady Cardinals back in it at 13-11. South Laurel was still in good shape trailing 18-16, but got caught flat-footed on a couple of returns. Jackson County would take advantage.
Jackson County continued to battle in the fourth set. The two teams traded points much of the set before South Laurel pulled away late to end the match.
South Laurel will play at Corbin Tuesday and at Pulaski County Thursday.