Volleyball season ends, Fillies drop 3-1 verdict to Lady Cats

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By Mike Aldridge

The Harrison County Fillies volleyball team ended the season with a 14-18 record as they fell three sets to one to Pendleton County Tuesday night.  
The opening round of the 38th District hosted, by Harrison County, first saw Deming defeat Nicholas County, 3-1, as the Lady Black Devils advance to the district championship game while the Lady Cats followed by defeating the Fillies, 3-1, as well.  
The Fillies match featured four sets of spirited action.  Neither of the teams could pull away to any significant leads before the other would cut into the margin and make a close match of the set.  
The first set went to Pendleton County by a 25-19 score as outside hitters Sarah Schlueter and MacKenzie Horn found holes in the Fillies’ defense especially between the front and back line.  
The Fillies rallied to win the second set 25-23 as junior Jordan Doram repeatedly pounded the ball over the net with smashes that could not be returned. Pendleton County was not to be denied though as they won the next two sets 25-18 and 25-23 to finish the night.  
The last set featured a Fillies’ rally led by Doram and senior outside hitter Yasmeen Smith, but in the end, the senior play of Schlueter and Horn and the smashes of junior Samantha Rering were too much to overcome.  
“We played with a lot of emotion tonight,” said Coach Bill Faulkner. “It just seemed like whenever the score was close, we couldn’t come up with the big play and they did. I was proud of how our girls battled. It wasn’t that long ago that we lost three straight sets to Pendleton County in sets that weren’t this close.”
Pendleton County will now face Deming on Thursday night for the 38th District title. The two teams have met twice this season both won by Pendleton County, 2-0 and 3-1.