By JAMES COOK
The Powell County Lady Pirates took to the volleyball courts again last week and had a better week. The Lady Pirates went 4-2 on the week to improve their record to 7-5.
Last Tuesday the Powell squad hosted Jackson City. The Lady Pirates had very little trouble with the Lady Tigers, winning the match in three sets.
Powell got first serve and went up 6-0 with sophomore Erika Howard serving in the first set, before the visitors got on the board. The Lady Tigers managed to score only once, with Powell’s senior Summer Hatton putting in seven straight scoring serves to give the Lady Pirates a 13-1 advantage. The two teams then traded points until Howard again came up to serve, and Powell pulled away from an 18-9 lead to win the first set on a seven point run with Howard again serving. Lady Pirates took the set, 25-12.
In the second frame the Lady Pirates again jumped out to the early lead at 10-0 and stayed even on scores until senior Alicia Pelfrey put in five straight to make it 20-7. Hatton finished it up with five scoring serves to take the set, 25-9.
The third set was a much closer contest, with the Lady Pirates leading by only two at the midway mark. But they put together runs of seven, four and four scoring serves again to take the win in straight sets, 25-15.
The Lady Pirates hosted district foe Lee County last Thursday night. This match was closer than some may have liked.
In the first set Powell rode the serving of Summer Hatton again to take a 15-5 lead, and the defense held the Lady Kats. Powell went on to win by 25-12.
The Lady Pirates scored eight straight points in the fourth rotation of the second set with senior Hannah Rice serving to take a 23-14 advantage. Lee managed a comeback with a four point run of their own and then made the score even closer at 24-21 before PC managed to take the winning point, 25-21.
Lee County managed an 8-8 tie early in the third set and then took the lead at 21-19 before a side out pulled the Lady Pirates to within one point. Alicia Pelfrey put in the much needed scoring serves under pressure to give the Lady Pirates the win, 25-21.
Last Saturday the Lady Pirates traveled to Leslie County to take part in their Smash Bash. Powell won over Hazard by scores of 24-26, 25-18, 15-12, and Harlan County by scores of 25-14, 25-20. But South Floyd upended the Lady Pirates, 26-24, 25-20. Powell also fell to Clay County by the scores of 25-18 and 25-19.
Powell was scheduled to travel to Breathitt County this past Tuesday in a regional double match-up. They were to play June Buchanan and the host, Lady Bobcats. Powell will host Rowan County tonight (Sept. 3) at the high school.