Volleyball teams aim for region

October 08, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Volleyball in this area is getting better, but it still may not be good enough to win the 12th Region Tournament at Wayne County in two weeks.

Area coaches are consistent in putting South Laurel, Pulaski County and Wayne at the top of their contenders lists going into the start of district tournament play Monday. They say those three teams have what it takes to win the title, but the area coaches just want to get their teams to the regional and see what happens.

"Those teams just have pretty good talent," Garrard County coach Dennis Custard said. "South Laurel just spikes the ball very well and knocks it down your throat very quickly. Wayne skunked us 25-0 in one game. All of them are really good teams."

"All those teams are on a different level. That's where we're aiming to go," Mercer County coach David Sullivan said.

Casey County and Boyle County, out of the 42nd District, are also getting mentions as teams with a possibility to make a run in the postseason. Boyle coach Dana Stigall said Casey is a tough team, one that could cause some problems for regional competitors.


"Casey always just comes out aggressive," Stigall said. "They have a lot of desire."

Lincoln County coach David Horseman saw enough of Boyle in a 25-18, 25-16 loss earlier this season. He said the Rebels definitely have the ability to win the region.

"They put it to us pretty well," Horseman said. "If they play as well as they can, they can do some things."

In the 43rd, Custard said his top pick is either Harrodsburg or Mercer. Mercer got its first ever win over Harrodsburg, the defending district champion, this week and Sullivan said that win could go a long way toward pushing his girls to the title.

"That gives our girls some confidence. They know they can play," Sullivan said.

Harrodsburg reached semifinals last year

Hallie Hammond led Harrodsburg to the regional semifinals last year, the only area team to pick up a win in the regional tournament. She said she's hoping her Pioneers "can get on a roll again," but she said their serves will have to become more dependable.

"We've been working hard on being consistent with our serves," Hammond said. "If we don't have good serves, we're in trouble. We have the offense. Our passing, our setting, our hitting is good; our serving is just inconsistent."

While South Laurel, Pulaski and Wayne were mentioned the most often as the regional favorites, nearly every coach said it could come down to something as simple as who's hot at the right time.

Horseman and Stigall both said whoever gets on a run at the right time and can stay on it will be the team to beat at the regional.

"There's a lot of evenness at the top," Horsemen said. "It's all about who's going to get the runs when they need them."

"In our region, when you look at the matches that have been played, a lot have gone three games," Stigall said. "It seems very unpredictable. It comes down to who's going to show up ready in the regional tournament.

"It's kind of a toss up as to who wants it more, who's the most aggressive and who's just going to go after the win."

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