A pair of defeats last week dropped Marshall County’s volleyball Lady Marshals to a 7-6 overall record, but the matches were of value to Dan Langhi’s young team, the second-year coach said.
“Even though we had two losses, there were some very positive things that happened,” Langhi said. “We showed some growth as a team in certain areas and growth in individual players.”
Marshall County lost 3-1 Sept. 10 at home to Ballard Memorial and fell 3-1 on Thursday in a District 4 match at Murray. Ballard is tied with Community Christian with the third-best record in the region at 11-5, and Murray is close behind at 10-7.
“Both teams are very good teams,” Langhi said. “It was educational from a standpoint for us to see what we need to work on.”
It was also encouraging that the Lady Marshals put up good fights in both matches, despite having a roster that includes only one senior and relies heavily on freshmen and sophomores.
“We are a young team in the sense of varsity experience, and playing good teams helps develop that needed experience,” Langhi said.
Against Ballard, the Lady Marshals took a 1-0 lead at 25-9, but fell 26-24 in the second game and then saw the Lady Bombers put the win away with 25-21 and 25-19 scores.
At Murray, Marshall County bounced back from a first-set loss by a 25-16 score to win 25-15 and 25-11, but could not hold off the Lady Tigers, who rallied to take the match with 25-17 and 15-11 victories.
Against Ballard, freshman outside and middle hitter Hannah Langhi had 13 kills, one ace, three blocks and eight digs. Savannah Thornton, the team’s only senior, had three aces.
Sydney Nelson added 110 kills and Maryanna Frazier added 11 digs.
At Murray, Langhi again topped the stat charts with 18 kills, four blocks and nine digs. Cassie Alberico and Maryanna Frazier each had 12 digs. Savannah Thornton served six aces.
“Now it is time for us to learn and keep moving forward, and to find consistency on a daily basis,” Langhi said. “We are a team that is going to win by everyone doing their job. It will be tough for us to win against a good team if we have multiple players having sub-par performances.”
n Christian Fellowship’s Lady Eagles also dropped a pair of matches last week, falling 3-2 against District 4 opponent Calloway County and bowing 3-0 to Graves County.
CFS had defeated Graves in straight sets on Sept. 3.
Calloway and CFS swapped victories in the first four sets, with the Lady Lakers winning the first 25-18 and the third 25-20. CFS forged 1-1 and 2-2 ties with wins by 25-17 and 25-19 scores. Calloway captured the deciding fifth game 15-10.
At Graves County, the Lady Eagles fell 25-8, battled back in a 26-24 second-set contest and lost the match 25-20.
THIS WEEK: After a Monday match at Livingston Central, the Lady Marshals take the short trip to Briensburg to meet CFS today at 5 p.m. The two schools met Aug. 29 at MCHS, with the Lady Marshals winning 3-1.
Marshall County also has a pair of home matches this week, Thursday against Paducah Tilghman and Saturday against Community Christian.