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LOUISVILLE – Although they went down in the first round of the state volleyball tournament, the North Oldham Lady Mustangs left on a positive note.
“They loved the experience,” NOHS coach Aaron Jones said. “We told them going in they had nothing to lose and everything to gain and they went out and enjoyed themselves and played pretty well.”
The Lady Mustangs fell to No. 3 Notre Dame 25-19 and 25-12.
The Lady Mustangs came out loose in the first game and built a 15-9 lead before the powerful hitting game of Notre Dame began to take control of the contest.
NOHS built the early lead led by the net play of Allison Olive and senior Betsy Smith, who notched a pair of kills early.
Up 15-9, the Lady Mustangs fell victim to the dominant net play of the Pandas’ 6-foot Jamie Wulfeck. Wulfeck scored on four straight kills to cut the NOHS lead to 15-14.
The Lady Mustangs pushed back out to a 17-15 lead on an error and a kill from Chelsea Volz before Notre Dame seized the lead at 18-17 on another NOHS error and a kill and service ace from Wulfeck.
NOHS tied it at 18 on an error before Notre Dame closed them out on a pair of service aces from Jenna Schreiver and three kills from 6-foot-2 Liz Barton.
“They (Notre Dame) went on a run and just got hot,” Jones said. Volz led NOHS with eight kills followed by Olive with five. Jenna Coleman had nine digs for the Lady Mustangs. Notre Dame broke the second game open early after going up 6-4, the Pandas reeled off a 7-2 scoring run and coasted. Olive led the Lady Mustangs with five kills. Junior setter Caitlin Hagan had 15 assists and six digs. Coleman had nine digs for NOHS which closed the year with an 18-18 record and loses just one senior in Smith.
“We were very excited to get Betsy the chance to play in the state tournament, it was a great way to end a rough year,” Jones said. “We have everyone back next year but one and a lot of great young girls coming in who will be vying for playing time, so we are looking forward to next year a great deal.”
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