RED BIRD—Three straight road wins is a fine way to begin a season, but North Laurel volleyball coach Bill Abner knows the heat is about to be turned up on his squad.

“We’re going to find out where we really stand this weekend,” he said, referring to the McCreary Central Invitational that will feature 12 solid area teams. “I love being 3-0, but we could be 3-6 by Sunday if we don’t bring it every game down there.”

The Lady Jaguars picked up their third road win Tuesday, holding off a pesky Red Bird team 25-19, 25-20. “They were actually pretty good, especially with scrambling and keeping the ball in play,"” Abner said. “If they had more of a presence at the net, they could really have a solid team.”

The first set was tight until Gloriann Cordero, as she has all season, got on a service roll with eight straight points to blow the game open.

Abner then substituted freely in the second set after his team jumped out to an early lead. “We’ll need our depth this weekend, because we will play at least six, and hopefully as many as eight matches in a 24-hour span.  The subs did well. Marisa Wagers, in particular, was very productive in her time on the court."”

North will face Garrard Co. and Adair Co. Friday night in pool play, then will follow up Saturday with games against Monticello, Jackson Co. and the host McCreary Central. “And you’ve got teams like South Laurel, Wayne Co. and defending tournament champion Clinton Co. in the other pool, so it’s going to be a very balanced, wide-open tournament,” Abner added.

North will host its first home game Tuesday night, when an always strong Madison Central team invades the Jungle. The varsity game will start around 7 p.m.

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