Harlan rolled to its third straight 13th Region All “A” Classic championship by coasting past three opponents Saturday at Lynn Camp, earning a spot in the state tournament next month.
The Lady Dragons will try to break through at the next level when they advance to All “A” Classic state competition on Sept. 17.
“We haven’t won a game at the state level, and I hope that changes this season,” Harlan coach Tara Posey said. “All the varsity players are veterans and should know what to expect. I hope nerves won’t play a factor this year. I have seen a steady improvement each game we have played so far.”
The Lady Dragons downed Red Bird 25-16, 25-8 in the championship game.
AnnMarie Bianchi led Harlan with nine aces, one dig and one kill. Emma Bianchi had six kills, four digs, two aces and one set assist. Sydney Horton added four aces, six set assists, two kills and one dig. Jesse Cochran contributed five kills, four digs and two set assists. Callie Wilson added five kills, four digs and two set assists. Taylor Smith had three aces, seven digs and two set assists. Jasmine Honeycutt had three kills and one dig.
“Despite Jesse Cochran having an injured foot she still played great. AnnMarie Bianchi is coming in off the bench and gave us some big serves. Sydney Horton was all over the floor setting the ball for our hitters,” Posey said. “Taylor Smith did a great job in the back with some saves and digs. Callie Wilson also made some big plays for us today, keeping the ball in play.”
The Lady Dragons coasted past Pineville 25-8, 25-13 in the semifinals.
Emma Bianchi had 11 kills in the win, along with three aces and two digs. Horton had eight set assists, five aces and one kill. Cochran contributed six kills, four aces and four digs. Smith added three aces, five digs and four set assists. Wilson had three aces, three kills and two digs. AnnMarie Bianch contributed one ace, one kill and one dig. Madison Middleton had one dig and one kill. Haven Saylor had one ace and one set assist. Honeycutt had one ace.
Harlan opened the tournament with a 25-16, 25-14 win over Barbourville.
Emma Bianchi led Harlan with seven kills, six aces and one block. Horton had three aces, eight digs and one set assist. Cochran contributed eight kills, two digs, two set assists and one block. Wilson had three kills, two digs and two set assists. Smith added four aces, two digs and six set assists. Honeycutt added two aces and three digs. AnnMarie Bianchi contributed three aces.
in previously unreported action from last week, Harlan rolled past Pineville 25-8, 25-4, 25-19.
Horton had 16 aces, along with one kill, one dig and one set assist. Smith added seven aces and two set assists. Bianchi had four digs, two aces and two kills. AnnMarie Bianchi added three aces, three kills, two set assists and one dig. Callie Wilson had four kills and one dig. Madison Middleton contributed three kills and one ace. Honeycutt had one ace and one set assist. Haven Saylor had one ace. Courtney Cozart added one dig. Alyssa Moses had one set assist.
Harlan won 21-5, 21-14 in junior varsity action as AnnMarie Bianchi led the way with 13 aces, two kills and one dig. Middleton had two aces and one kill. Courtney Cozart had three digs and one ace. Alyssa Moses contributed two aces and two digs. Alli Witt and Rylee Meachum each added one ace and one dig. Hannah Jones and Savanna Smith each contributed one dig and one kill. Haven Saylor had one ace.
The 7-0 Lady Dragons will play host to Middlesboro on Monday in their only match scheduled this week.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134