By: James Cook, Times Editor
It is the way you want to end a regular season. A big win at home on Senior Night over Montgomery County. The Lady Pirates varsity volleyball team won easily in two sets, 25-14 and 25-14.
It was fitting the way the first set got started. Senior Kelcy Short made the most of her big night as she put Powell up 7-1 with four straight scoring serves in the first rotation. The Lady Pirates scored five more in a row on Short’s serves in the second rotation to take a 22-11 lead.
The two teams traded points to the end, but Powell took home the easy 25-14 win.
In the second set the Lady Indians had their only lead of the night at 1-0. The Lady Pirates Melanie Pasley, a sophomore, put in two straight scoring serves for a 3-1 lead. The home team went up 7-2 again with Short serving. Teammate Kelly Gibson put three scores in to give Powell a 14-7 lead. Powell extended the lead on Short’s second service. She gave Powell a 21-12 advantage, then Jacey Rice made it 24-13, and the defense held for the win.
In the JV game Powell also won 21-12 and 21-9.
In the first set Montgomery took the early lead, but Powell came back to tie the game at 8-8. The Lady Pirates went ahead for good at 14-9, scoring three in a row with Holly Slemp serving and then scored six unanswered points on Charlene Helton’s serves to take the win.
The second set’s outcome was never in doubt as Powell scored 11 in a row with Tabitha Martin serving to go up 16-2, and coasted on to the win. The JV finished season with 12-3 overall record, 5-1 in the district and 9-1 in the region.
“A win over Montgomery is a great way to end regular season play. I was a little worried about not getting to practice for almost a week before this match, but we came in Friday morning and had a good workout to get ready for the Lady Indians, and the girls came through,” Powell coach Ken Jones said after the game. “I hope the momentum we’ve build up over the last couple of weeks carries on through tournament play.”
The Lady Pirates now move into 52nd District Tournament play at Estill County this week. Powell, the number one seed, played Lee County on Tuesday night. The score was not available at press time. Estill played Owsley County following that game. The district finals will be played at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday).
The Lady Pirates are going for their fourth straight district title. The 14th Regional Tournament will be played next week, also at Estill County.