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Volleyball Fillies lose twice, return home to sweep Montgomery County

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By Mike Aldridge

The trip to Villa Madonna last Thursday didn’t turn out well as the Fillies were swept two straight by the home Blue Lightning squad, 9-25 and 19-25.  
The win made Villa Madonna’s record 2-1 while the Fillies evened up their season mark to 1-1.  
The Fillies junior varsity also dropped two straight 10-21 and 12-21.
On Monday evening, the Fillies hosted the Lady Pirates of Powell County in a game that disappointed Coach Bill Faulkner.  
“Our passing and setting was simply not very good,” said Faulkner. “This team is not better than us, but tonight we did not play well.”  
Despite 12 kills from junior Jordan Doram, 12 digs by senior Michaela Smith and 13 assists from senior Alyssa Campbell, the Fillies lost the match in four sets, 21-25, 25-20, 17-25 and 18-25.  
The junior varsity also again dropped two sets to lose 10-21 and 12-21. Powell County left the Hilltop with a 2-0 record while the Fillies fell to 1-2.
Tuesday night was a completely different story.  
“The first match set the trend for the night,” said assistant coach J P Switzer, referring to the two-set win by his freshman team over the Montgomery County Indian freshmen, 17-6 and 17-9, in the opening match.  
The junior varsity squads then took the floor and the Harrison County girls were again straight set winners.  This time the score was 21-17 and 21-10.
The varsity looked like a different team for most of the night in their four-set win.  
They took the first set 25-15 over the Lady Indians who came into the night with a 1-0 record.  
Montgomery County’s junior outside hitter, Mia McDonald, made some big plays in the second set as the Lady Indians built a big lead and held off the Fillies rally for a 21-25 win.  
The Fillies regained their dominance in the third and fourth sets winning 25-14 and 25-11.  
In the fourth set, Doram served for 12 of the 25 points and made some big slams at the net to lead the Fillies.  
“We played much better than last night” admitted Faulkner. “This was a nice win. Our passing overall, while still not where we want it to be, was much better than last night.”  
The win evened the Fillies record to 2-2 going into Thursday’s home match with the Lady Eagles of Madison Southern (1-2).