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KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament: North Oldham sweeps Scott in first round win, falls to Notre Dame in quarterfinals

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Lady Mustangs finish the season 26-13

By Elliott Pratt

LOUISVILLE — North Oldham students turned up for their volleyball team and the Lady Mustangs returned the favor.

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In front of a student section of over 400, North Oldham settled into a home crowd atmosphere to sweep Scott in the first round of the KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament Friday morning at Valley High School.

The Lady Mustangs overcame a first set deficit to sweep the Lady Eagles 26-24, 25-20 and 25-23.

North Oldham brought nine buses full of students from Goshen to the game for the biggest crowd North had witnessed this season.

“We’ve never had that many people come out, but it was awesome having our friends out there,” senior Jennifer Rebbin said. “They were supporting us just like they would for a football game. It was awesome.”

However, North saw its season come to an end in the quarterfinals Saturday in a 3-0 loss to Notre Dame. The Lady Mustangs’ (26-13) offense failed to establish any sort of rhythm with a .078 hitting percentage in the loss.

“Any time you play a team when you get to those matches in the state tournament, you have to really keep your errors on your side to a minimum,” coach Brett Versen said. “They’re going to make you earn everything. Unfortunately, we gave a little too much and dug ourselves a hole and couldn’t get out of it.”

A low hitting percentage of .079 against Scott presented another tough challenge in the opening round.

North had to overcome early nerves to settle into the state tournament atmosphere against the Tenth Region champions.

The Lady Mustangs trailed 21-14 in the first set before a four-point rally forced a Scott (37-4) timeout with all momentum favoring North.

Following the timeout, North went on an 8-2 run with back-to-back kills from senior Sarah Snyder ending the frame for a 26-24 win.

“Even if you’ve been here 10 times, you’re going to have some butterflies,” Versen said. “We had a great student section and that’s something they had never experienced before. We caused some of our own errors but were able to fight our way through it. In that first set, we got momentum on our side and it was huge.”

A North block and a kill from Snyder made the Lady Mustangs’ lead 14-9 before Scott reeled off a six-point run to take the lead at 15-14.

North regained the lead thanks to errors from Scott and scored the last three to take the frame 25-20.

North had a negative hitting percentage in the second frame while Scott registered 11 kills.

Scott kept the pressure on in the third frame, which saw six lead changes and eight tie scores throughout.

With Scott leading 9-8, North scored three straight to take the lead for good. Down 20-14, the Lady Eagles fought back to make the deficit 20-18 to force two North timeouts in the last moments.

Snyder registered her last of eight kills in the match and helped Madison Clements on a block for the match point to secure the sweep.

Rebbin had seven kills and five aces as North worked to an 11-3 serving advantage.

Senior Casey Foote tallied a team-high nine kills and eight digs. North totaled 35 digs with Hannah Mosier recording nine.

North dominated the net with 11 team blocks to Scott’s six.

The next day against Notre Dame, the Lady Mustangs’ presence at the net was cut in half with just six blocks. Notre Dame swept North 25-15, 25-19 and 25-20.

Seniors Rebbin, Foote and Snyder each had five kills in the loss.

Rebbin was named to the KHSAA All-Tournament team as Foote was name First Team All-State and Snyder to Second Team All-State.

Foote will play volleyball collegiately at College of William & Mary and Snyder will play at Georgetown College.

Before the tournament, Foote was named the Region 8 Player of the Year and Versen the Region 8 Coach of the Year.

Oldham County’s Kelsey Miller, a University of Virginia commit, earned an honorable mention by the Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association.

“It’ll be a different looking team next year for sure because of those three,” Versen said. “The younger kids are ready and excited to accept that challenge and work and find a way to put their stamp on the next chapter for it. It’ll be interesting to see.”

 

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