Thursday Night Volleyball – Blackcats scratch win from the Bobcats, Panthers defeat Wildcats

Prestonsburg Senior Molly Boyd dominated the net and helped the Lady Blackcats beat the Lady Bobcats of Betsy Layne in a competitive 5 set match played last night. Boyd had an impressive 30 kills to go along with her 27 digs, 5 serving aces, and 1 assist. The Lady Blackcats lost the first set, 19-25, to come back from behind and take the second set, 25-23. The Lady Bobcats were not backing down though. Betsy Layne won the third set, 25-19. The Lady Blackcats fought back to win the fourth match, 26-24 and force a fifth set. Prestonsburg took the lead and ran with it, winning the final set, 15-11.

Along with Molly Boyd’s 30 kills, 27 digs, 5 serving aces, and 1 assist, Sophomore Allison Garrett led the team with 41 assists and 6 digs. Junior Mya Burgess had 11 kills, 23 digs, and 4 serving aces. Senior Jada Slone had 5 kills, 2 solo blocks, 9 digs, and 3 serving aces. Sophomore Kennedy Greer added 4 kills, 2 solo blocks, 9 digs, and 3 serving aces to the Prestonsburg district win.

For the Lady Bobcats, Senior Madison Hamilton led her team with 15 kills, 13 solo blocks, 10 digs, and 4 serving aces. Junior Tia Wesley added 14 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Emily Johnson added 10 kills and 51 digs. Sophomore Mallory Hall had 27 digs and 5 serving aces. Freshman Christian Howell added 29 digs and 7 serving aces. Junior setter Lindsey Watkins had 2 solo blocks, 19 digs, and set up 36 assists. Junior Madi Meade had 3 assists and added 81 digs to the Bobcats loss.

This win makes the Lady Blackcats record 4-7. They’re back in action on September 21 at home against Pike County Central. Betsy Layne is now 6-4 on the season. They travel to Floyd Central to take on the Lady Jaguars on September 20.

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In 59th district action last night, the Lady Wildcats of Shelby Valley traveled the short distance to Pikeville to take on the Lady Panthers. Pikeville took charge in the first set, winning 25-18. In the second set, the Lady Panthers never backed down and won 25-13. In the last set, Shelby Valley battled but Pikeville took the set 25-20.

The Lady Wildcats were led by Junior Kyra Looney who had 14 kills, 9 assists, and 6 digs. Senior Alyssa Elswick and Junior Hunter Adkins followed with 6 kills and 3 solo blocks each. Sophomore Jazzy Meade had 4 kills, led in assists with 11, and had 9 digs. Junior Jessica Prater led with 15 digs and Junior Gracie Cantrell added 3 kills and 3 digs for Shelby Valley.

The win brings the Lady Panthers to 12-0 on the season. Pikeville will be in action tonight, September 18, in the All-A State Tournament as they take on Fairview at 6:45pm.

The loss drops Shelby Valley to 6-7 on the season. The Lady Wildcats play again at home on September 20, versus the Lady Warriors of East Ridge.

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Rose Hill 3 at East Carter 2

Johnson Cen 0 at East Ridge 3

Buckhorn   3 at June Buchanan 2

Lawrence Co 2 at Lewis Co 3

Paintsville 3 at Martin County   0

Bath County 0 at Nicholas County 2

Boyd County 3 at Russell 2

Fleming Co  0 at West Carter 3

Article Written by Allison Hall

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