The Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats dropped a pair of matches to the Muhlenberg County Lady Mustangs, from the 10th district of the 3rd Region, and 13th District opponent, the Logan County Lady Cougars, last week at the F-S Gym.
Muhlenberg County 2Franklin-Simpson 0
The Lady Mustangs won both sets 25-20 and 25-14 to sweep the match. In the 1st set, Franklin-Simpson got 10 unforced errors with a couple of aces from senior Meadow Hall and four kills from junior Alera Barbee. With the set tied at 18-18, Muhlenberg County scored seven of the next nine points to win 25-20.
Franklin-Simpson led early in the 2nd set with three consecutive aces and a touch by Barbee with a kill from senior Shelby Johnston. But Muhlenberg County went on an 18-3 run to seize control of the set for the 25-14 win and the match 2-0.
"Need to work on our serve receive, our blocking and passing. All things they know how to do but needs to get out there and execute it," Lady Cats head coach Megan Vincent said. "We're going to have to be consistent especially if we had a lead, we couldn't maintain it or coming back to try to take the lead. We couldn't get over that hurdle. Plus, we have to be persistent and resilient as we are coming to the end of the regular season."
Logan County 3 Franklin-Simpson 0
The Lady Cougars won all three sets over the Lady Cats: 25-7, 25-25 and 25-13 to finish district play with a record of 6-0 for a regular season 13th District Championship and their 78th district win in a row.
"It looks like everybody is worried about themselves whether it is worried about messing up or not in the right place instead of being worried about the team as a whole and that came from Erica Stradtner (who is out with an ankle injury) and I could not agree with her more," Vincent said. "We did battle and if we could have increased our momentum by executing more attacks, we could have competed even more,maybe take a set. I was proud of the way they played but the girls are usually excited to ply Logan County but tonight, the spark was not as high as normally as it is."
"Onahka (Fuller) and Madelyn (Yonts) have been really aggressive and consistent for us all season long," Lady Cougars head coach Caleb Sheffield said. "We have a couple of weeks until the district tournament so we have to be plugging along and be consistent and improve especially in our service game. It's not bad serves, but we're missing aggressive serves and that is fine.Tonight, we didn't serve and pass as well as I would have liked and that will be a point of emphasis as we get ready for tournament."
Franklin-Simpson got points off four unforced errors along with an ace and free ball from senior Cassidy Eversole and a tough from Johnston. Trailing 14-7, Lady Cougars senior Hayley Schweers closed the set with 11 straight service points to win the set 25-7.
In the 2nd set, 10 of the 15 points scored for the Lady Cats came from unforced errors. Johnston served an ace and scored with a touch along with Barbee, who also scored with a kill. Senior Rylie Spears scored on a free ball, but Logan County won the set 25-15.
Franklin-Simpson and Logan County battled for most of a tightly contested set. They had 10 points off unforced errors with Eversoleand Johnston with kills and free ball from Hall. Trailing 17-13, Schweers, just as she did in the 1st set, closed out the set and match with eight consecutive service points as Logan County won the set 25-13 and the match 3-0.
"We have some matches to get ready for Todd County Central in the district tournament," Vincent said. "We are practicing, watching game film and doing a little bit of adjusting to help us be ready. We're heading to work to get ready for the district."
"Hayley served well tonight and when she serves, because of the way she serves, we have a very specific job and style to play," Sheffield said. "She isexecuting in what we are asking for her to do. She's owning that role and doing a fine job for us."
The Lady Cats will host the Butler County Lady Bears at the F-S Gym on Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m. The team will honor their five seniors as they host Senior Night on Tuesday, Oct. 15 against Allen County-Scottsville Lady Patriots beginning at 5:30 p.m.