BRIENSBURG – A straight-sets victory by Christian Fellowship over nearby rival Marshall County in the Fourth District championship Oct. 11 didn’t come as easily as the 25-17, 25-20 scores might suggest.
In the second set, tournament host CFS had to come from behind twice after Marshall took an early lead that grew to as much as 7-3. Later, after Christian Fellowship fought back to tie the score, the Lady Marshals went on top 17-14 on sequence of serves by Moriah Crittendon.
CFS tied it at 18 and 19 before finally taking the lead at 20-19 on a fault by Marshall County’s Rachel Reed. The Lady Eagles then rode the serving of Morgan Allen to a 22-19 advantage before Allen hit her third serve long.
“This is probably the toughest match” with the Lady Marshals this year, Allen said. “We talked among ourselves. This being the seniors’ last night [on their home court], we wanted to win it. We were all in synch with each other.”
Marshall County’s Crittendon and Markea McKendree were named to the all-district tournament team, along with Christian Fellowship’s Allen, Katheryn Beal and McCall Key.
The small private school had won three decisions over its big public cousin this year, claiming 2-0 victories at home and in Paducah in the Quad States Volleyball Tournament and battling back from a 25-23 opening-set loss to win 2-1 in the Lady Marshals’ gym.
“I’m proud of my girls for hanging tough,” coach Suzie Burnett said. “Instead of letting the game slide, they hung in there. They knew they could do it.”
Both schools advance to the First Region tournament at Fulton City this week. Marshall County was scheduled to meet Fulton City Monday, with Christian Fellowship playing Hickman County at 7 p.m. tonight in the final first-round game of the eight-team tournament.
The Lady Marshals lost 2-0 to District 1 champ Fulton City in the Quad States tourney. Marshall County posted a 12-24 overall record, while Fulton City came into regional tournament play at 20-10.
Christian Fellowhip has a 24-12 overall record, while Hickman County is 13-18.
Lone Oak is the defending region champ. Marshall County won the title and advanced to the state tourney three years in a row from 2007 to 2009 and Christian Fellowship swept the title the previous four years from 2003 to 2006.
n CFS and Marshall County advanced to the championship game with victories Monday, Oct. 10.
Christian Fellowship defeated Murray 2-0 (25-16, 25-15) and Marshall County topped Calloway County 2-0 (25-15, 25-23).