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OCHS beats North to win region

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By Mickey Patterson

SHELBYVILLE – It was a reversal of fortune for the Oldham County High School volleyball team as they beat North Oldham 25-17, 28-26 Oct. 22 to win the first regional title in school history.

After falling to NOHS in the regular season and district finals a week earlier, the Lady Colonels turned the tables in a scenario similar to to last season when OCHS won the regular season game and district.

“Oh my God, this was so big for us, we are so stoked,” OCHS senior Kelly Moyer said. “It’s almost exactly like last year, except we won this year. We kind of thought last year was our year and it didn’t happen. In a sense what North did last year helped us, because we knew it could be done if we just went in focused and played well.”

The win advances the Lady Colonels into the state tournament at 4:45 p.m. at Northern Kentucky University against Second Region champion Caldwell County.

“We don’t really know much about them right now,” Moyer said. “We don’t really know what we are going into either, but we do know we are going to the state.”

The Lady Colonels were able to take 17th-ranked NOHS down in the regional finals by hanging tough against the Lady Mustangs’ powerful front line and net play which has allowed NOHS to win the two previous games.

Most specifically hitter Chelsea Volz scoring off the setting of Caitlin Hagan.

“We knew we had to shut Chelsea down as much as possible if we wanted to win,” Moyer said. “When she gets going early and she and their setter (Hagan) are playing well together, they are so strong. I thought we were able to do a pretty good job of matching them.”

With Moyer, Hannah Ertel and Angela Howard scoring off the setting of Rachel Cranfill, the Lady Colonels were able to maintain the lead through much of the first game and win.

In the tight second game, the contest came down to OCHS’ intensity late.

“I think after winning the first game, we didn’t have so much pressure on us in the second game,” Moyer said. “We talked a lot about just staying focused before the match and just doing what we had to do to win the game. We did that and especially at the end.”

Moyer, who was named the regional player of the year by the coaches for the second straight year last week, will now lead the Lady Colonels, 23-6, into the state for the first time against a 33-3 Caldwell team.

“We’re excited to be going to state, but we don’t want that to be the only thing we do,” Moyer said. “We want to go there and win games.”

 

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