For the third time this year, the Owensboro Catholic volleyball team came away with a 3-1 victory Monday over Daviess County. This time, the win (23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-14) came in the opening round of the District 9 Tournament.
The Lady Aces (17-13) advance ot the championship round to face Apollo, who won their match against Owensboro earlier in the day. The loss ended the season for the Lady Panthers (13-14).
Daviess County came out strong and gained the advantage by winning the first set 25-23. However, the success was short-lived, as Owensboro Catholic was able win the next three sets.
Lady Aces’ head coach Brian Hardison was proud of his team’s ability to execute the game plan and their resilience after falling behind early.
“The girls really went after it tonight,” he said. “After the girls figured out the game wasn’t going to be an easy victory, they really responded well. I’m very proud of them, I’ve already told them that.”
The Lady Panthers were able to take leads in both the second and third sets, but they couldn’t maintain the advantage. Though the result didn’t come out in their favor, Daviess County head coach Tyla Bailey said she was proud of the way her team battled.
“A loss like this always stings,” Bailey said. “We had some small mistakes, but we battled all throughout the game. We came out ready to play, the energy and communication were there, and we were determined to win. In the end it was a tough loss for us, but any game like that is always a good thing.”
Daviess County will head to the offseason looking to build off a solid returning core, while Owensboro Catholic will focus on the tournament championship. Apollo swept both meetings with the Lady Aces this season.
Both teams also automatically advance to the Region 3 Tournament, scheduled to be played in Muhlenberg County next week.