Kelsey Jervis bumps the ball as teammate Ashley Stock looks on.

HARRODSBURG—Sometimes the words “team effort” are used way too often when a coach is describing a win.

Sometimes it’s justified; sometimes it’s just a way of not singling out one or two players.

In South Laurel’s case, it’s the former. Take Wednesday night’s straight set 25-14, 25-6 win over Mercer County in the semi-finals of the 12th Region volleyball tournament.

Every player on the court for the Cardinals contributed to the win, much as they have all season long, as evident by their impressive 37-0 record. Whether it be kills by Lauren Wombles, Ashley Stock or Porsha Justice, or digs by Kelsey Jervis, Haley Phelps and Emily Gaines, or sets by Jamie Wyatt, or bumps by Brianna Smith, these girls have worked as a team in every aspect of the word.

“I think that’s why we’ve been so successful this season,” Coach Kaye Smith said. “These girls really play and work as a team. Tonight they were really focused on getting the job done. Now, we’re just one win away from the state tournament, and I have all the confidence that we’ll be there.”

The first set against the Titans was never close, with South racing out to a 4-0 lead, then increasing that lead to 8-1 before Mercer called a time-out.

That didn’t help, as the South lead great to 14-5 on an ace by Wombles. The lead ballooned to 21-13, then Wombles recorded two kills, while Justice added another for a 24-13 lead.

The second set opened with Stock serving, and after Wombles got the first point off a nice set by Wyatt, Stock served three straight aces for a 4-0 lead.

From there, the Cardinals never looked back, rolling to the 25-6 win and a date with Southwestern Pulaski in last night’s region finals. The Cards beat the Warriors in straight sets to win the district title.

“We’re just going to have to continue to do what we’ve been doing,” Smith said. “We’ll look at the film of our last game with them, and practice on some things. Southwestern likes to do tips, so we’ll have to be ready for that.”

The winner will advance to the state tournament October 26 and 27 at Northern Kentucky University.

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