Fillies win Glacier Invitational

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Beat Nicholas and Pendleton County

By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Fillies volleyball team ran its record to 8-1 for the season defeating Nicholas County on Thursday, winning five matches in sweeping the Glacier Invitational, losing to Bryan Station on Monday and defeating Pendleton County on Tuesday.
The Nicholas County match was a three set win for the Fillies, 25-8, 25-13 and 25-10, as the Lady Jackets could not handle the ball for the most part through out the match.  
Harrison County’s tall and talented front line took advantage of good sets from the back to easily defeat the district rival Jackets.
The Glacier Invitational held in Bracken County featured teams from the region along with Grant County and Manchester, Ohio.  
The tournament became a display of good play for Harrison County as the Fillies rolled through five matches without dropping a set.  
In pool play, they defeated Grant County (3-5) 25-13, 25-14, Robertson County (5-3) 25-14, 25-15, Augusta (4-4) 25-21, 25-8, and Manchester, Ohio 25-10, 25-12.  
Then in the championship the Fillies matched up again with the Ohio team and won again in straight sets, 25-19, 25-20 for the title.  
“We were very pleased with the effort that the girls gave during the Glacier Invitational,” said Coach Bill Faulkner. “There were some pretty good teams in the group and we took care of business.”
Monday evening in Lexington the Fillies won the first two sets 25-19, 25-12 and were up 7-0 in the third before the wheels came off.  
Bryan Station (2-5) came back to win the last three 25-22, 25-18, and 15-8 to take the match and send the Fillies to their first defeat of the season.  
“We played like the young team that we are after the first two sets,” bemoaned Faulkner.  “They were very athletic and hit the ball hard and we began to mishandle and make mistakes. It was disappointing to lead 2-0 and lose.”
Tuesday the Fillies played host to the Pendleton County Lady Cats (1-6) and had little trouble in winning a straight set 25-10, 25-8, 25-20 match.  
“We were focused tonight and came out and played really well,” said Faulkner. “We were able to do a lot of substituting in the second and third sets because we had played well and established our dominance.”
The Fillies travel to Powell County (6-1) to try to avenge last year’s 3-1 loss on the Hilltop. The next match will be with always tough Campbell County on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at home.