The Gold Stanadard
Fort Knox, KY | October 23, 2017
The John Hardin Lady Bulldogs came back from two sets down to defeat the Fort Knox Lady Eagles, 16-25, 22-25, 25-13, 25-21, 15-12 and advance to the semifinals of the 17th District Volleyball Tournament on Monday at Elizabethtown’s Charlie Rawlings Memorial Gymnasium.
Fort Knox (8-15) had a tough hill to climb entering the match. The Lady Eagles had only taken one set in their previous 17 district matches and hadn’t won a best-of-five match all season.
Still, they refused to go down easy. They worked hard to the end, even waking for an early morning practice two days before the tournament to prepare.
“We came in with the right attitude. We knew what we wanted it,” said junior Sydney Brooks, who was named to the All-Tournament Team. “A 4 a.m. practice is a little (early).”
Coach Ramon Rodriguez said that 4 a.m. start was the only time he could get the whole team together before the tournament began.
“They came out and did what they were supposed to do: they worked hard,” he said. “They surprised. They were a bunch of new players and they got it together. Every year we get a bunch of new players.”
That energy carried over to Monday, when the Lady Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead and expanded it to 12-5 before the Lady Bulldogs put in any fight.
Brooks’ serving played a big part – she was 9-for-10 with three aces in the first set – but so did the mistakes from John Hardin.
“Fort Knox is a
very scrappy team. My hat is off to them,” Hampton said. “They’ve made a great improvement, even from
when we played them last, I’m here to tell you.