To show just how much the Harlan volleyball program has improved in the last year, the Lady Dragons have opened the season with back-to-back wins over Clay County, and coach Tara Posey says her team isn’t playing especially well.
“Even though we have won the last two games we are off to a bit of a sluggish start,” Posey said after the Lady Dragons’ 25-23, 25-19 win Tuesday at Harlan, which followed a two-set win Monday at Clay County in the season opener. “We are still playing with our lineup.”
Jesse Cochran led Harlan against Clay with eight kills, one ace and one dig. Callie Wilson had five aces and two kills. Sydney Horton contributed six set assists and one ace. Emma Bianchi had two aces and six kills. Taylor Smith added four set assists, two aces and one dig. Jasmine Honeycutt had three kills. Madison Middleton had one ace.
Harlan rolled to a 21-4, 21-3 win in junior varsity action as Haven Saylor led the Lady Dragons with 12 aces, one kill and one set assist. AnnMarie Bianchi contributed nine aces, two kills and one set assist. Middleton added four kills and two set assists. Alyssa Moses had one kill and one set assist. Alli Witt contributed one ace.
Middleton had three aces as Harlan won 15-12, 15-11 in the freshman game. Saylor added two aces. Lauren Nunez, Witt and Kailey Cornett had one ace each.
Harlan (2-0) returns to action Friday at Barbourville.
Harlan County fell to 1-1 on the season with a four-set loss Tuesday to visiting Knott Central.
The Lady Bears won 25-13 in the first set before Knott won the next three sets, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-17.
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Harlan County returns to action Monday at Harlan.