Volleyball: North handles Lady Eagles

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By Brad Stephens

GOSHEN – North Oldham got a breather Monday after four straight five-set matches to start the year.

The Lady Mustangs overpowered visiting North Bullitt to win their third match of the season, 3-0 (25-13, 25-8, 25-7).

The win included a 14-0 North Oldham run in the first set after it trailed 10-9 at one point.

Monday’s win was the first home victory in first-year coach Brett Versen’s tenure. The Lady Mustangs are 3-2 and have won their last three matches.

The previous wins came in five sets Saturday in Louisville against Green County and Lafayette.
North Oldham had lost to Holy Cross (Louisville) Aug. 19 at home and McCracken County Saturday in Louisville.

Those matches had also gone the five-set distance.

“This match I think it was good that we came out here, put the pedal down and took care of business on our side,” Versen said. “We didn’t let the other team dictate how we played.”

North Oldham was sluggish over the first few points, letting North Bullitt take an 8-6 lead.

After the Lady Eagles broke a 9-9 tie to go up 10-9, the Lady Mustangs took over.

Sophomore Brooke Hammons notched three kills and North Bullitt struggled to return several serves as North Oldham claimed the next 14 points to take a commanding 23-10 lead.

“I think that we always come out a little flat,” junior Sarah Snyder said. “…Once we kind of get into our groove we start to click.”

The Lady Mustangs finished off the first set, 25-13.

That set represented the only time Monday when the Lady Eagles broke double-digit points.

Early kills by Hammons, sophomore Ryan Foote and Snyder set the tone early in the second set as North Oldham took a 5-0 lead. The Lady Mustangs rolled to a 25-8 second set victory.

The third set was more of the same, with North Oldham racing to an 8-1 lead on its way to a 25-7 match-clinching set win.

Junior Casey Foote had a team-high eight kills, followed by Snyder’s seven and Hammons’ six.

Senior Taylor Glenn tallied a team-best 17 assists.

Hammons and Ryan Foote each had four service aces.

Casey Foote and senior Mikaela Beyea recorded eight and six digs, respectively.

“We did some good things,” Versen said. “We’re still trying to figure out who we are and how we’re going to play and how good we can be.”

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