BRIENSBURG – The intra-county volleyball rivalry between Marshall County and Christian Fellowship tends to go in streaks.
Several years ago, the Lady Marshals ran up a nine-match win streak against the Lady Eagles. Then it was CFS’s turn to put together seven wins in a row.
As of Sept. 17, Marshall County is on a roll after a straight-sets win, the third in a row since coach Dan Langhi’s team upset CFS a year ago in the district tournament semifinals.
Marshall County took the first game 25-15, then had to come from behind to win the second game 25-22. The Lady Marshals took the clincher by a 25-18 score.
It gave Marshall County a sweep of regular-season matches. MC won 3-1 on their home court Aug. 29.
Freshman hitter Hannah Langhi led the Lady Marshals attack with 11 kills. She also had seven digs. Savannah Thornton had three aces, Paige Henson two and Cassie Alberico and Emma Willoughby one apiece.
Maryanna Frazier had nine digs. Willoughby had seven, Henson six, Alberico 3 and Thornton two.
For CFS, five players had aces. Carley Alexander, Kailey Hicks, Karlee Phillips, Abbie Fletcher, and Bekah Muller each served winners.
Nelson had six kills, Muller five, Alexander four and Karlee Phillips two.
Coach Suzie Burnett had to contend with some nagging illnesses on her short-roster squad.
“I am really proud of how those girls adjusted to the changes we had to make,” Burnett said. “They did a great job.”
CFS absorbed its sixth straight loss and dropped to 3-8 overall, 0-5 in District 4. It was the only match for the Lady Eagles last week.
Marshall County opened the week Sept. 16 with a win at Livingston Central, then captured their third victory in a row Thursday night against Paducah Tilghman at home.
They dropped a decision against Community Christian on Saturday to move to 10-7, 3-2 in the district.
At Smithland, the Lady Marshals got 18 kills and five aces from Langhi to take a 3-1 win. After Marshall County went up on 25-14 and 15-15 victories, the Lady Cardinals fought back to take a 26-24 win and force a fourth game, which Marshall County won, 25-10.
Frazier again led the defense with 13 digs.
Against Tilghman, the Lady Marshals won in straight sets by scores of 25-5, 25-17 and 25-10.
Sydney Nelson had five kills, Olivia Parker four digs and Thornton served four aces for the winners.
CCA, the top team in the region, ran its record to 20-5 with its victory in Paducah Saturday. The Lady Warriors won 25-8, 25-17 and 25-15.
THIS WEEK: MC at Graves County today 7 p.m., at Ballard Thursday 5:30 p.m.; CFS home to Murray today 7 p.m., at CCA Thursday 5 p.m.