South volleyball wins Bath tourney

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By Mickey Patterson

CRESTWOOD – It might have been a bit of fate. The game that may have turned the South Oldham High School volleyball season on the right side of things also gave coach Amy Grimm her 200th career win.

The young Lady Dragons won the Bath County Invitational Saturday with a tough three-set win over Lexington’s Bryan Station.

The Bryan Station win capped an impressive five-game run through the tourney field with wins over Paintsville, Estill County, Rowan County and Pikeville.

“That last win in the championship was huge for the girls,” Grimm said. “We have had some really close matches this year that went the other way. The last game was supposed to go to 15 and we won 24-22. I think it really raises the confidence level and shows them all the hard work is paying off.”

With a lineup heavily populated by freshmen and sophomores, the Lady Dragons have battled to an 11-9 record. The schedule includes some of the area’s top teams like Presentation, Oldham County, Butler, Eastern, Christian Academy and state powers like Lexington Dunbar and St. Henry.

“We have been in kind of a rebuilding phase the last couple of years after winning five straight regionals,” Grimm said. “This group of kids is young and doesn’t have as much experience as some of the other teams I have had, but they refuse to give up.”

Seniors Chelsea Moody and Mercedes Hartman have been steady influences on the younger players who have been in the varsity rotation like Mary Dye, Morgan Clayton, Courtney Worthington, Erika Houston, Megan Kelly and Becky Brewer.

The team has also benefitted from some early season injuries by having to move players into new positions. Grimm said the added experience and versatility has made the team’s depth stronger.

Grimm, who has led the SOHS program the past nine seasons, said this year’s team has been an enjoyable experience.

“The team chemistry is the best I have ever had on a team, they really support each other on and off the court,” Grimm said. “I can honestly say this is the most fun team I have ever coached, I am having a ball this year.”

The tough schedule combined with the team’s young talent are leaving a positive swing as the post season approaches.

“I was not aware of the 200 wins, my assistant coach let me know about it,” Grimm said. “It’s nice, but those wins were all the girls’ doing. The best thing is they have kept playing hard and stayed positive and I think that is really going to help us.”

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