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The Oldham County Middle School varsity volleyball team finished the season with a 26-4 overall record with the added accomplishments of being undefeated in conference play with a 12-0 record and winning both the Mid-Bluegrass Conference regular season and tournament titles.
The two day tournament started Oct. 5 at South Oldham Middle School with Christian Academy of Louisville defeating East Oldham Middle School, Shelby West knocking off South Oldham and North Oldham dispatching Shelby East.
The next day, the Lady Colonels got their tournament started with a win over CAL, while North Oldham defeated Shelby West to set up a North-OC showdown.
In the final, Oldham County drew first blood on North with a 25-16 opening game win, but the Lady Mustangs evened up the match in game two 25-14. The final game opened with OCMS taking the first three points but North responded with a 6-0 run to pull ahead and pushed that lead to 13-9 over the next 13 points.
That is, until Oldham County’s Leah Hulsmen began to serve, reeling off several straight points to pull OC back into a tie at 13. The Lady Colonels added another point on the next serve and put the match away with a spike by Taylor Davis to end the game 15-13.
Oldham County coach Ken Miller said the event was both exciting and nerve-wracking.
“The chemistry with this team is one of the best I have encountered in a number of years,” Miller said. “Our captains Ally Leaton and Kylie Cochran were effective leaders and players on the court.”
Miller said team members Claire Babey, Delaney Puckett, Britney Ryan, Aubrey Curell, Emily Weise, Leah Hulsman, Kylie Cochran, Ally Leaton and Mackenzie Bauer made tremendous strides in becoming a force to reckon with.
Hulsman, Cochran and Leaton were all named to the All-Tournament team.
The teams met again on Oct. 9 as they squared off in the final of the Kentucky Middle School Regional Volleyball Tournament. Though the event was different, the results were the same as OC won in two games.
Miller took time to recognize three seventh graders, Taylor Davis, Kayla Peterworth and Aiyana Bacot, who he said played a large role in the winning efforts this season.
“Their tremendous contributions on the court were due to their J.V. coach, Christian Miller, who instructed them in the fundamentals and encouraged them to the next level,” he said.
Miller added he thinks his eighth grade group has a bright future ahead of them on the high school level.
“OCHS is benefitting from the middle level programs,” Miller said with a smile.
The eighth graders weren’t the only teams playing for a championship though as several other games took place over the course of the final night.
In the sixth grade championship, East Oldham Middle School defeated OCMS for the title followed by a North Oldham junior varsity win over OCMS in that final.
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