Lady Cats Sweep Trinity 3-0 To Claim First District Title Since 2011
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The Edmonson County Lady Cat Volleyball team claimed the District 12 title in a three-set sweep last night in Grayson County, their first since 2011 when Edmonson County won back-to-back titles in '10 and '11 in District 13, Region 4.
The Lady Cats spent no time fooling around as they dominated Trinity in set one, going on two separate 8-0 runs as they outscored the Lady Raiders 20-5 to wind things up 25-8.
The start of set two was much of the same as Edmonson County had compiled a 15-6 lead early on but the Raiders started a run of their own and bounced back with a 5-0 stretch, forcing the Lady Cats into a timeout.
Edmonson kept their composure as Trinity tried crawling back in with another run as the Lady Cats held a 24-20 lead, but the Lady Raiders would get no closer in set two as Edmonson County won 25-20.
The third set seemed to be slated for a close contest as both teams went back and forth through four ties and six lead changes when Trinity cut Edmonson's lead to 12-11. The score would be no closer as the Lady Cats went on a 13-4 run to end the set, as Caitlin Simon capped things off with two kills in a row, giving EC the 25-15 set and the sweep over Trinity to claim the title.
Head Coach Haley Garmon credited senior leadership as the main reason for the Lady Cats' success this year.
"They're unreal," she said. "They've carried us through this entire season. I said when I took the job that this would be the team to go all the way. They're coachable, they're ready to listen, they've got the heart to play the game."
Coach Garmon said setting the tone in set one was also key to the win.
"When the girls came out of the locker room, we were pumped. We were ready to go, but we also had those nerves, those butterflies. But we calmed them down a little bit and knew this was our year. We came out with confidence. We'd set this goal at the beginning of the season and we played it one point at a time, then one set at a time. After our first set we were pretty confident in the way the rest of the game was going to go."
The Lady Cats are now 23-8 on the season and will either play Monday or Tuesday in the Region 3 Tournament, according to the tournament draw which is set to take place this weekend. The tournament is scheduled to be held in Owensboro next week.
The WildcatsLive crew will broadcast the game live from Owensboro. Stay connected to EdmonsonVoice.com for the complete details and times as they become available.