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Erika Burchett (right) records a kill against Corbin.

CORBIN—Whenever a team moves into a new district and region, they want to measure themselves against the cream of the crop.

In South Laurel’s case, that would be the Corbin Lady Redhounds, the three-time defending 13th Region volleyball champions.

Monday night, the Lady Cards took to the court against Corbin, coming away with a 2-0 victory, 25-13, 25-19. The win improves South to 16-2 overall, and runs its unbeaten streak to 11 games.

“It’s good for us to get a win against the defending region champion,” coach Kaye Smith said. “This was also a district win, which makes it big for us. It says a lot about our girls to be able to come into Corbin and get the win.”

Fresh off its 8-0 run in the McCreary Invitational Tournament (see page 2C for story), South Laurel stormed to an early 10-4 lead in the first set against Corbin, thanks to the combination of Morgan Johnson and Erika Burchett at the net. Burchett had five kills during that run, many of them coming off the sets of Johnson.

When it was Burchett’s time to serve, she recorded two aces, while Emily Gaines had a kill to increase the lead to 17-6. Gaines took over serving with South leading, 21-13, and served out the first set, which included two aces and a kill by Burchett.

Corbin battled back in the second set, holding an 11-5 lead before losing the serve. With Johnson serving, the Lady Cards cut the lead to 12-9 before giving the serve back to Corbin. The Lady Redhounds held a 14-11 lead before a kill by Burchett cut the lead to 14-12 and gave the serve back to South.

It was now Breanna Allen’s turn to shine, as she served South to a 17-14 lead, a run that saw Burchett have two kills on sets by Johnson.

Corbin came back on the Lady Cards, tying the set at 18-18, but South Laurel then ended the set on a 7-1 run, including three aces from Burchett and one by Destinee Fisher, for the 25-19 win.

“We relaxed a little in that second set,” Smith said. “But we fought hard and battled back. I’m pleased with them. This was a big win for us, and our serving continues to be a strong point.”

South Laurel will host Clay Co. Thursday night.

Denis House can be reached at sports@sentinel-echo.com

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