Whitesburg KY

Lady Cougars lose in championship game

On August 14, the Letcher County Central Lady Cougars volleyball team traveled to Prestonsburg to compete in the Food City Summer Slam/Prestonsburg Invitational. Pool play started on Friday and LCC was in a pool with Lawrence County, Pike County Central, Pikeville, and Betsy Layne.

Match 1: Letcher Central defeated Lawrence County 2-0 (21-7 and 21-6). Letcher Central rolled in the first set with strong serving from sophomore Sierra Dixon and solid net play from seniors Brittany Sexton and Sierra Bates and sophomore Erica Meade. In the second set, the Lady Cougars jumped out to a big, early lead with strong serves from freshman Ari Nichols as she scored 11 straight points with several aces. This was supported by the strong serving and setting by sophomore Janetta Dixon and the hard hitting and net play of senior Victoria Halcomb and junior Myrika Begley.

Match 2: In match 2 on Friday night, Letcher Central again rolled as it defeated Pike County Central 2-0 (21-9 and 21-8). In the first set, LCC was led by the hard hitting of Victoria Halcomb and spikes by Sierra Bates and junior Lisa Frazier. This was backed up by the strong serving and setting of Ari Nichols. In the second set, LCC was led by the serving of the Dixon twins (Sierra and Janetta) and Victoria Halcomb. Strong backcourt defense by Erica Meade and sophomore Kristen Blair and tough net defense and hitting by Brittany Sexton, Sierra Bates, and Lisa Frazier also contributed to the win.

On Saturday, August 15, Letcher Central traveled back to Prestonsburg to continue pool play.

Match 3: With a starting time of 8:30 a.m. everyone expected a sluggish start for LCC against the Lady Panthers of Pikeville but that wasn’t to be as the Lady Cougars defeated the Lady Panthers 2-0 (21-15 and 21- 16). Letcher Central captured the first set in a hard fought battle due to well rounded team play and the serving of Sierra Dixon and the net play of Victoria Halcomb. In the second set, it was another tough one as LCC pulled it out with Victoria Halcomb serving and the front line hitting and blocking of Myrika Begley, Lisa Frazier, and Brittany Sexton.

Match 4: The final match of pool play pitted the number one team in the 14th Region against the number one team in the 15th Region as Letcher Central took on Betsy Layne. This had the potential of a barnburner and it did not leave anyone disappointed. Letcher Central pulled out the victory and won its pool 2-0 (21-18 and 21-14). In the first set, Letcher Central was led by the strong serving of Jenetta Dixon and Ari Nichols and the net play of Lisa Frazier and Myrika Begley. In the second set, LCC won in part because of the serving of Ari Nichols, the serving and defense of Erica Meade, and the net play of Myrika Begley.

After winning its pool, Letcher Central went on to the quarterfinals of the gold division of the tournament where the Lady Cougars played a good South Floyd team. Letcher Central won 2-0 (25-19 and 25-23). In the first set, Letcher Central jumped out to a lead with the serving of Sierra Bates, bolstered by the spiking of Lisa Frazier, strong backcourt defense by Erica Meade, Kristen Blair, and Sierra Dixon, and the hustle of Ari Nichols. In the second set, which was very close, LCC was led by the hard hitting of Victoria Halcomb, Lisa Frazier, and Brittany Sexton. Erica Meade also did a good job defensively as well as serving.

In the semifinals, the Lady Cougars took on their arch rival, Allen Central. This may have been the best match LCC has played this season as it defeated a tough Allen Central team 2- 0 (25-13 and 25-19) in an emotionally charged match-up. In the first set, Brittany Frazier and Lisa Frazier showed outstanding play on the front line. Kristen Blair played great backcourt defense and Victoria Halcomb did a good job serving. In the second set, Ari Nichols scored nine straight points on serves in leading the Lady Cougars to victory. Brittany Sexton did a good job hitting and Lisa Frazier played great defense on the net.

In the championship match of the gold division, Letcher Central took on a team it had defeated in pool play, Betsy Layne. The Lady Bobcats had rebounded from their loss to the Lady Cougars earlier in the day en route to the championship game. Betsy Layne appeared to be looking for revenge and jumped on the Lady Cougars early and never looked back, winning 2-0 (25-23 and 25-17). There was very few bright spots for Letcher Central with most of them being in the first set. Sierra Dixon and Ari Nichols served well. Victoria Halcomb, Myrika Begley and Lisa Frazier had some good hits and Erica Meade played good defense. In the second set, there were really no bright spots as the Lady Cougars were flat the whole set and never got things going.

Letcher County Central 2

Leslie County 0

On Aug. 13, the Lady Cougars opened up their volleyball season as they traveled to 14th Region rival, Leslie County. The Lady Cougars came out of Hyden with a victory as they defeated the Lady Eagles 2-0. The set scores were 25-7 and 25-16.

In the first set, Letcher raced out to a quick lead with the strong serving of senior Sierra Bates and freshman Ari Nichols. Supported by strong defense by senior Victoria Halcomb and sophomore Kristen Blair as well as strong front line play by senior, Brittany Sexton and juniors, Lisa Frazier and Myrika Begley, the Lady Cougars never looked back and cruised on to victory.

In the second set, Letcher Central started out a little sluggish but pulled out the win. Good defense by sophomore Erica Meade and strong serving by sophomore Sierra Dixon helped the Lady Cougars maintain a lead they would never relinquish. Strong front line play by Myrika Begley, Sierra Bates, and Brittany Sexton as well as the consistent setting of sophomore Jennetta Dixon also contributed to the victory.

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