By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The North Laurel Lady Jaguars made it all the way to the finals of their own Steak ‘N Shake volleyball tournament on Saturday, falling to McCreary Central, 16-21, 21-9, 15-10.
“Overall I though our team played well,” Coach Haley Ratliff said. “Not as solid as I would like, but they played well.”
While she felt like they played well, the championship game was still a disappointment to Ratliff.
“We came out and played well the first set (winning 21-16) then just relaxed and let McCreary come back and you can’t do that against teams,” Ratliff said. “So we ended the day playing our worst volleyball and ended with a loss.”
North opened play against Jackson County and Ratliff said her team started the morning off really slow.
“It felt like we were still asleep,” Ratliff said. “The first set against Jackson County was slow, but then the girls started getting up and got going.” She said she was pleased with how the first game ended with the Lady Jags winning, 21-18, 21-10).
Next up was Garrard County, and Ratliff said her team played really well.
“We got beat the first set of the game, but turned it around for the last two sets and played the best volleyball we had played in a while.” After dropping the first set, 21-12, North stormed back to win the next two, 21-13, 17-15.
While she didn’t get consistent play from everyone, she was still pleased with the effort her team gave throughout the tournament.
“Overall I thought all of our seniors played well at times,” Ratliff said. “Not very consistent play from everyone, but as long as they keep working hard and trying for me I can’t ask for much more.”
North Laurel was scheduled to travel to McCreary Central Tuesday.
South Laurel goes 1-2
The South Laurel Lady Cardinals also participated in the tournament, going 1-2.
South opened with a 2-0 loss to McCreary Central, 21-15, 21-15, and lost to McCreary Central, falling in that match in three sets, 19-21, 21-13, 15-13. South ended tournament action with a 22-20, 21-14 win over Jackson County.
“The girls played well this weekend, regardless of the wins and losses, they are coming together as a team,” South Laurel coach Mitzi Jones said. “One of our seniors had a conflict with her work schedule so the last two games were without her. The girls did a great job adjusting.”
Jones said considering the youth she had on the court for the final two games, she was pretty pleased with the way they played.
“I had all freshmen and sophomores on the court,” Jones said. “I couldn’t really ask for anything more from them. We were in each game and very easily could have won each game that was played, but too many errors were made. We were flat during the McCreary Central game. However, I was pleased with the level of play during the Jackson County win and the loss to Garrard County. We should have pulled out another win against Garrard, but had too many mental errors and couldn’t finish.”
The Lady Cards were scheduled to be on the road at Whitley County last night then at Knox Central Thursday.