Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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August 13, 2012

Metcalfe wins Battle of Barrens

GLASGOW — The Metcalfe County Lady Hornets battled their way through a talented field this past weekend to win the Battle of the Barrens Volleyball Tournament at Barren County High School.

After losing once in pool play, the Hornets battled back from the losers’ bracket to top Allen County-Scottsville 2-1 in the championship match.

“It is early in the season, so I didn’t know what to expect from the other teams. But I thought we really played well,” said Metcalfe County coach Amber Smith. “I thought we played well at the net throughout the tournament and our hustle and motivation was a big factor for us.”

The Trojanettes reached the semifinals of the tournament before falling to Allen County-Scottville, while the Glasgow Lady Scotties fought hard, but struggled in pool play.

Metcalfe County opened the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Adair County. However, the Lady Hornets then dropped a 2-1 decision to Barren County, sending them to the losers’ bracket. MCHS battled back and beat Clinton County and Western Hills by identical 2-0 scores. In the semifinals, the Hornets beat Hart County 2-1, putting them in the final against ACS.

“I thought Jordan Samuels played well at the net,” said Smith. “She also had several blocks and several kills.” Samuels was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

The Lady Hornets get back on the court on Monday when they visit Caverna. The junior varsity match is slated for 5 p.m.

The Barren County High School girls opened the tournament with victories over Western Hills by a score of 2-0 and followed that with a 2-1 victory over Metcalfe County. They then knocked off Clark County 2-1 and followed that with a 2-0 victory over Glasgow.

The Trojanettes reached the semifinals of the tournament and battled Allen County-Scottsville before losing 2-1.

“I thought we played really well throughout the weekend. It was like it was a whole different ballclub than it was last week,” said Barren County coach Robin McMurtrey. “Our whole game was on the money until our semifinal match with Allen County. Then we couldn’t do anything right.

“Kelsay Manion served very well in the tournament. She also had several blocks and several kills and was named to the all-tournament team. Jordan Gardner play unbelievable and Kaitlyn Wyatt had a great tournament. I told the girls after the loss to Allen County that I am not displeased with the way they played.”

The Trojanettes get back into the action on Monday at Adair County and Tuesday at Russell County. Barren County will host district rival Monroe County on Thursday.

The Lady Scotties couldn’t seem to put all the pieces together in the tournament. Glasgow battled each point with Barren County in the Lady Scotties’ tournament opener, but lost 2-0. They tried to regroup and fought valiantly against Clinton County before losing 2-0.

“I think we’re still fighting a lack of experience playing together,” said Glasgow head coach Lauren Shelton. “We have to get used to playing with each other.

“I thought Shalika Smith played well in the tournament. She was super consistent for us.  I was really proud of her. And when she does well, the rest of the girls seem to feed off her.” Smith was Glasgow’s lone representative on the all-tournament team.

Glasgow will visit Monroe County on Monday before taking on Allen County-Scottsville on Tues. The Lady Scotties will host Taylor County on Wednesday.

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