Volleyball ends with successful season for Harrison Fillies

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County Fillies volleyball team saw its highly successful 2008 season come to an end on Tuesday night after being eliminated from post-season play by 16th ranked Campbell County in the semi-final round of the 10th Region Tournament in Mt. Sterling.

The Fillies fell behind early in the first game of the best-of-three series, 14-6, but mounted a comeback, before eventually losing 25-21. In the second game, the Camels flexed their collective muscles and dominated the Fillies, winning 25-8.

“I wish that we had played better against Campbell County, especially in that second game, but you can’t take anything away from them, they are an exceptional high school team,” said HCHS Head Coach Bill Faulkner after the game on Tuesday.

Harrison County made its way to the semis of the eight-team regional tournament by turning away 35th District runner-up Dayton High School in the first round on Monday night.

In that match, Harrison County started slowly in the first game, but came on late to notch a 25-17 win. In the second game, Harrison County had an easier time, winning 25-13.

“I think we showed some nerves early on in that first game against Dayton,” said Faulkner. “We made some mistakes and mishandled the ball that we had not done for several weeks. You can attribute that to first-game jitters. After we got settled in, we played fine.”

In the win over Dayton, Harrison County got good play from setter Laura Ross, libero Layken Switzer and hitters Ashley Bradford, Sherese Doram and Diedre Pawley. Ross, and fellow senior Jessica Fisher led the Harrison County serving attack with several good service runs.

Ross, Bradford, Switzer and Fisher played their last game wearing a Harrison County uniform in the loss to Campbell County and, according to Faulkner, will be missed next year.

 “I can’t say enough about the leadership and spirit that those girls provided this year and through their careers here,” he said. “This year alone, they led us to two runner-up finishes in big regular season tournaments, led us to a district title and led us to the regional semi-finals. We finished the year with a 26-11 record and a lot of that success was due to their leadership. It was sad in the locker room following the game, but eventually they should have a lot of great memories of their days playing for HCHS.”

Laura Ross was named to the All Tournament Team following Wednesday night’s championship game that pitted Campbell County against sixth ranked Newport Central Catholic.

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Last Wednesday, Harrison County won the 38th District championship, defeating St. Patrick in two straight games, 25-13 and 25-20. Three Harrison County players were named to the All Tournament Team. Hitter Ashley Bradford, setter Laura Ross and libero Layken Switzer were named to the team, with Ross also named the tournament MVP.