Lady Cat Volleyball Finishes Atop All "A" Classic Tournament Consolation Bracket, Beats Glasgow Mon Night
Darren Doyle, story
Jerika Simon, photos
The Edmonson County Lady Cats, the 2016 All A Region champions, traveled to the Optimum Sports Complex in Louisville, Kentucky this past Saturday, September 17 to compete in the All A State Classic state tournament.
After playing well but falling to three talented teams in pool play, Monroe County, KY Country Day, and Allen Central, Edmonson County was forced into the consolation bracket of the tournament.
The Lady Cats won over Washington County 2-0 (25-18, 25-17) in the first round of consolation play then faced Lexington Christian in the next round, also winning 2-0, (25-14, 26-24).
This allowed Edmonson County to take on Bishop Brossart in the consolation bracket finals. They won 2-0, (25-18, 25-12) completing a run of winning six sets in a row and the consolation bracket title.
Coach Haley Garmon discussed the difficulty of playing 6 complete games in one day, an amount that the Lady Cats don't play in an entire week, sometimes even two weeks.
"We played very close and very well against a lot of good competition in pool play, then dominated good competition in the consolation bracket," Garmon said. "We did this while in a different atmosphere that most of our team had never been in before. We went further than any team in school history (in the All A Classic). The effort and endurance these girls showed in the finals tells exactly who wanted it more."
This was the third time in school history for ECHS to appear in the tournament, an accomplishment that Coach Garmon said she had hoped would've generated more Edmonson County fans.
"I wish more could have seen the desire and heart that these girls played with through six games with very brief breaks and some getting to bed late. Hard to appreciate just exactly what these girls accomplished if you didn't see it for yourself."
There's no rest for the weary as the girls are scheduled to play three games this week, which has already begun with a win at Glasgow tonight (Monday, September 19). The Lady Cats defeated the Lady Scotties 2-0 (25-17, 25-22).
They are also scheduled to play district opponents Trinity on Tuesday in Whitesville and Grayson County in Leitchfield on Friday night.
The Lady Cats are now 16-9 on the season. They are ranked fourth in Region 3 and are tied with Trinity for first place in District 12.