DRAFFENVILLE – Christian Fellowship’s volleyball rivalry with Marshall County took on even more intensity last week when the two teams met on the Lady Marshals’ court, with the top spot in District 4 at stake.
CFS fought back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 25-21 victory in the third game, forged a tie with a 25-22 win in the fourth game and finished the comeback with a 15-9 win in the fifth game.
“That was a wild one,” Lady Eagles coach Suzie Burnett said. “Any team could’ve quit right there, especially after the second game. Both teams played really well tonight. Nobody quit.”
Marshall County coach Dan Langhi agreed with that assessment.
“I tip my hat to CFS,” Langhi said. “We went up two sets on ‘em, they fought back. A couple of things, couple of bounces, it could’ve gone either way.”
That win, coupled with a 3-0 win at Calloway County Thursday, secured a tie for top spot in the district standings for CFS with Community Christian Academy of Paducah, which won the District 3 title last year. CCA has been moved into District 4 this year, where CFS is the reigning champion.
CFS and CCA split in two regular-season meetings, with 3-2 decisions going in favor of the home team in each match.
The Lady Marshals, runners-up to CFS in last year’s district tourney, played some of their best volleyball of the season last week but fell Thursday night at CCA and then won one of four games in the Jefferson County Invitational Tournament in Louisville Friday and Saturday.
The regular season wraps up this week, with the District 4 tournament scheduled next week at Marshall County.
The Lady Marshals, 16-16 overall and 5-5 in the district, travel to Caldwell County Thursday for their only match of the week. CFS, 18-6 and 9-1, has a pair of home matches on tap, tonight against Madisonville-North Hopkins and Thursday night against Region 1’s top team, Ballard Memorial.
The Lady Bombers have lost only twice against region competition. The Lady Marshals pinned one of the losses on them and Graves County upended Ballard Thursday.
CFS 3, Marshall Co. 2
The Lady Marshals scored the last four points after a 22-22 tie to take a 1-0 edge against CFS Tuesday night, then rolled to a 25-12 win in the second game.
The third set was a titanic struggle, with neither team ever building more than a six-point lead, at 19-13 by CFS after a 9-3 spurt from a 10-10 deadlock.
The Lady Marshals clawed back, cutting the margin to 22-20 on a kill by Markea McKendree.
After a point by CFS’s Morgan Allen, eighth-grader Hannah Langhi won a point at the net to make it 23-21 and a rally by the Lady Marshals resulted in another point, closing the gap to 23-22.
CFS stayed alive with a kill and then an ace by Allen.
Game 4 was even closer, with the Lady Eagles inching away on a Lady Marshal shot that was out by inches for the deciding point.
In the 15-point fifth game, the Lady Marshals did not trail until CFS broke a 9-9 tie – the fourth deadlock of the set – with a kill by McKenzie Potter. The Lady Eagles then added six more points in succession, with a pair of aces by eighth-grader Carley Alexander, another kill by Allen – who had 23 for the night – and the final two points on kills by Potter, who transferred from Marshall County for her senior year.
Potter did not play volleyball last year at MC.
n On Thursday, CFS jumped out to an advantage with a 25-8 first-set win and then put together 25-21 and 25-20 wins to close out the Lady Lakers. Calloway dropped to 9-23, 1-10 with the loss.
Marshall Co. roundup
The Lady Marshals put up another valiant effort at CCA Thursday, but fell to the Lady Warriors 3-2.
CCA took the early lead with a 25-19 win, but Marshal fought back to win 25-21.
CCA went up 2-1 with a win by the same score in the third set, only to see the Lady Marshals roar to a decisive 25-15 win to force the fifth game.
CCA prevailed by a 15-11 score.
n In the Jefferson County tournament, the Lady Marshals lost to 25-6 Whitefield Academy of Region 6 by a 2-1 score (25-13, 24-26, 25-12) and Christian Academy of Louisville 2-0 (25-11, 25-13) on Friday.
In their second day of action Saturday, Marshall County posted a 2-0 (25-11, 25-19) win over Fern Creek and dropped a 2-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-18) to Christian County.
Ballard won a pair of matches against CFS en route to the All “A” Classic regional title in August.