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BUCKNER – The memory of last year’s regional final loss has been a driving force for the Oldham County High School volleyball team.
After rolling to the district crown, the Lady Colonels fell in a hard fought, emotional regional championship game to cross county rival North Oldham leaving them short of an anticipated first trip to the state tournament.
“It has been on their minds, obviously North is a big rival,” OCHS coach Callaway Logan said. “It’s a big goal of ours to get past that regional and move on to state.”
Last season, the Lady Colonels beat NOHS three times in the regular season. The tables have been turned this year as NOHS has taken three close victories over OCHS this year.
“It’s funny how things turn,” Logan said. “Maybe this is our year to come back in the tournament.”
The Lady Colonels, however, don’t have an easy road to the regional as they must first beat a talented, young South Oldham squad in the opening round of the district Tuesday.
OCHS edged the Lady Dragons in three games in the regular season.
“South is a pretty good team, we know that,” Logan said. “We are going to have to play our best to win that game.”
The Lady Colonels have posted a 19-5 record this year, tied with Shelby County for the second best record in the region. NOHS leads with a 23-7 mark.
“So far, so good,” Logan said. “Basically we could have won all the games we lost, they all went to three games except one.”
OCHS has relied on a quartet of seniors in hitter Kelly Moyer, setter Rachel Cranfill, outside hitters Angela Howard and Hannah Ertel.
Moyer and Cranfill were key players for last year’s team and Moyer is the returning regional player of the year.
“Kelly should definitely be a Division I player next year,” Logan said.
Howard has also emerged as a force this year.
“She has really improved from last year and from the start of the season,” Logan said. “Angela has carried us at times this season with her blocking.”
The quartet knows it’s their last chance to take care of unfinished business.
“They’re seniors and they know this is their year to go to state if it’s ever going to happen,” Logan said.
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