Apollo takes 2nd in Summer Slamdown

August 19, 2018 | 3:59 am

Updated September 10, 2018 | 10:50 pm

Apollo finished as runner up in their own Summer Slamdown Tournament Saturday after falling 0-2 to Bullitt East in the championship game. | Photo by Ryan Richardson

The E-Gals volleyball team came up just short in the championship game against Bullitt East to finish as runner-up in the Apollo Summer Slamdown Tournament.

Apollo (5-4) won their first two matches of the day before losing 0-2 (25-23, 26-24) in the finals of the Gold Division Playoffs of the tournament.

The E-Gals started hot in the first set and built up to an 18-12 lead, but an aggressive attack by the Lady Chargers led to a 12-3 run. Apollo won the next two points before a block at the net fell in favor of Bullitt East to end the first frame.

The Lady Chargers jumped out in front in the second set and extended their lead to as much as 22-15 before Apollo was able to mount a comeback. The rally came up short, though, when another block at the net ended the match.

E-Gals head coach MaryAnne Howard said she would have obviously like the win, but is proud of how the team performed in the tournament.

“I’m really happy with the way we’re going,” she said. “Playing this many games in a row gets your timing rolling, and it get the girls flowing. It’s a great time of year to have this kind of tournament. We got some quality matchups in. It helps us move from the beginning of season into midseason play.”

Howard said the team played well overall, but the service game wasn’t as good as it usually is. Playing so many games in two days, though, helps the E-Gals know what they need to work on before they head into District 9 play this week.

“We got to see a lot of good things and play over the weekend,” she said. “We know what we need to fine tune for Tuesday. I think we’ll be ready to go.”

Apollo will host Owensboro Catholic at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Other local teams in action included Daviess County, Whitesville Trinity and Owensboro.

Apollo — Finished 2nd in Gold Division Playoffs

Win 2-0 (25-20, 25-16) vs. Graves County

Win 2-0 (25-19, 25-19) vs. Breckenridge County

Loss 0-2 (25-23, 26-24) vs. Bullitt East (championship game)

Daviess County — Finished 2nd in Silver Division Playoffs

Win 2-0 (25-15, 25-10) vs. Edmonson County

Win 2-0 (25-19, 25-15) vs. Green County

Loss 0-2 (25-21, 25-17) vs. Warren East

Whitesville Trinity — Finished 5th in Silver Division Playoffs

Loss 0-2 (25-15, 25-17) vs. Meade County

Win 2-0 (25-17, 26-24) vs. Hancock County

Win 2-1 (26-24, 22-25, 15-5) vs. Allen County-Scottsville

Owensboro — Finished 6th in Bronze Division Playoffs

Loss 0-2 (25-16, 25-14) vs. Marshall County

Win 2-1 (25-21, 17-25, 15-7) vs. Frankfort

Loss 1-2 (18-25, 25-22, 17-15) vs. McLean County

August 19, 2018 | 3:59 am

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