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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – With a win in the state volleyball tournament Oldham County High School’s four seniors hope they have laid the groundwork for future success for the program.
“It was definitely our goal to get to the state and to win a game was really exciting,” senior Kelly Moyer said. “Hopefully this will show the younger players coming back it can be done.”
The Lady Colonels, ranked No. 23 in the state, beat Caldwell County 26-24, 25-15 in the first round before falling to No. 14 Newport Central Catholic 25-23, 23-25 and 18-25 in the second round.
Against Caldwell County, OCHS got off to a slow start in the first game falling behind 9-4.
The Lady Colonels fought their way back into the game to pull within one at 15-14 behind the setting of Rachel Cranfill and the net play of Gabby Peters and Moyer. Peters had three straight kills during the comeback.
OCHS grabbed its first lead at 19-18 when Moyer and Angela Howard blocked a spike. The Lady Colonels pushed the lead to 23-20 on consecutive kills from Moyer and one from Howard.
Caldwell got back in it to tie the game at 24 before OCHS won with two straight points on a kill from Peters and a Caldwell error.
“I think we just had to get used to being there and the atmosphere,” senior Hannah Ertel said. “It was a new experience and we played pretty nervous at the start.”
OCHS dominated the second game. Ahead 8-7, they pushed out to a 12-7 lead behind a pair of Caldwell errors and kills from Howard and Peters.
After Caldwell scored, OCHS made it 15-8 on two more Caldwell errors and another kill from Howard.
Caldwell managed to cut the lead to 16-12 before Moyer and Howard combined for five kills and a pair of service aces from Ertel closed them out.
“In the second game we really started to get going,” Moyer said. “Our passing got a lot better and we were able to score.”
Against Newport Catholic, the Lady Colonels got out to a good start by winning the first game 25-23.
OCHS led 23-20 before Newport came back to 23-22. The Lady Colonels got a point off a kill by Moyer and an error to win.
Newport came back to win the second game 25-23 in another tight contest.
Newport led 24-21 before OCHS cut it to 24-23 thanks to kills from Moyer and Peters. Newport won on a kill from Maggie O’Day.
The score stayed tight in the third game. Tied at 18, Newport got on a roll and ripped off seven straight points to win 25-18 and advance to the final four.
OCHS closed the season with a 24-7 record and Moyer was named to the all-tournament team.
“Our whole time in high school we have always tried to go further than we did the year before,” Ertel said. “I felt like we had a really good year and had a lot of success.”
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