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E-Gals cruise by Lady Devils to reach championship

October 9, 2018 | 2:46 am

Updated October 9, 2018 | 2:46 am

The Apollo volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 win over Owensboro to advance to the District 9 Tournament championship. | Photo by Marc Ray

The Apollo volleyball team continued its dominance in a 3-0 (25-2, 25-4, 25-8) sweep of Owensboro in the first round of the District 9 Tournament Monday.

The E-Gals (27-7) advance to the championship match to take on Owensboro Catholic, while the season is over for the Lady Devils (6-27).

Apollo head coach MaryAnne Howard was pleased with the all-around performance of her team. Howard complimented her servers and said she felt they set her team apart. In 14 total points lost in the match, just five of those came from errant serves.

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“In our serving lineup, we can only serve six players by rule, but I feel like we are at least eight deep with really quality servers,” Howard said. “We have a tremendous serving team, and I think it is one of our greatest strengths.”

On a night with little to complain about, Howard was proud the team executed from start to finish.

“I was very proud of our girls,” Howard said. “Throughout the season, we talked a lot about making sure that we take care of our side of the net and stay focused on every point. Volleyball is a game of mistakes, but tonight I thought we limited our mistakes and played to our strengths.”

The Lady Devils will head into the offseason with a young group that gained plenty of experience this year. By returning several players, they’ll hope to be back in contention for the district title next year.

Apollo will meet Owensboro Catholic, who edged past Daviess County in the other semifinal, in the championship match Wednesday. The E-Gals swept both regular season meetings this year.

Both Apollo and the Lady Aces automatically advance to the Region 3 Tournament, scheduled to be played in Muhlenberg County next week.

October 9, 2018 | 2:46 am

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