Rebels defeat Mercer again

September 17, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

On their way from one tournament to the next, the girls of the Boyle County volleyball team want to make sure they maintain as much momentum as possible.

The Rebels kept going in the right direction Thursday night, defeating Mercer County 25-15, 25-12 for their second win over the Scotties in six days and their fifth straight win overall.

"I'm hoping, and I'm really thinking everything's starting to click," Boyle junior Rachel Staub said.

Indeed, things are going better for Boyle (13-9) than at any point this season. The Rebels have won seven of their last 10 matches to start the second half of the season on a high note.

They had no problem putting aside visiting Mercer (9-14), taking control of the first game late and controlling the second game right from the start to win in their first home match since Aug. 31.


"We played well and I hope that'll continue this weekend in Louisville," Boyle coach Dana Stigall said.

Boyle will be spend today and Saturday in Louisville for its second consecutive appearance in the Seneca Invitational. The Rebels will be looking to continue the roll they started last weekend, when they rallied from two losses on the first day of the Lafayette Invitational to win all three of their matches on the second day.

One of those victories was a 25-10, 25-8 win over Mercer, and assistant coach Charity Kineer, the Scotties' acting head coach Thursday, said she knew Boyle would be tough to beat.

"Boyle is a good team, and they're playing well as a team," Kinneer said. "I think that's a little intimidating sometimes."

The Boyle girls are already looking ahead to the postseason, and they said that helped them keep their focus against Mercer.

"We were fired up because we're thinking toward districts, and we know we need to play ahrd in every game we come out for," Staub said.

Postseason in mind

Stigall surely had the postseason in mind when she scheduled three invitational tourneys in Lexington and Louisville for her team, including this weekend's event at Seneca.

"I expect we'll get lots of good experience there," she said.

Staub said last year Boyle beat Seneca, the eventual champion, but didn't get any other wins in the tourney.

"We want to play our hardest and show what we have," she said.

She said Boyle is closing the gap with the better teams they face every time they play in a tournament.

"We're getting closer and closer," she said.

Kinneer said Mercer has also been making strides this season, even though the Scotties have lost seven of their nine matches.

"This season I've been really proud of the girls," Kinneer said. "They've done a great job, and they've really improved since the beginning of the season."

Mercer was tied with Boyle at 8-all in the first game, but Boyle outscored the Scotties 13-2 to take control of the match.

"They totally got frustrated, and it showed in the way they were playing," Kinneer said. "Our girls were ready for the challenge, they were up for it; they just got frustrated."

Staub and Meagan Lankford led Boyle's attack with six kills each, and the Rebels had 23 in all. Melissa Shannon had four service aces, and Staub added three.

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