McCracken Volleyball Rolls In Championship Rematch
By Chelsea Ladd
PADUCAH, KY - With an abbreviated schedule due to coronavirus, emotions ran high during the home opener for the McCracken County Lady Mustangs. In a rematch of the 2019 First Region Championship, the Mustangs toppled Graves County by sweeping them in three sets on Tuesday Night at Strawberry Hills Pharmacy Arena.

With a 25-6, 25-10, 25-16 victory over the Lady Eagles, the Mustangs are now 3-0.

The night kicked off with the home team celebrating their seniors.  A group that has turned into a dominating force that is often not to be reckoned with. 

“It’s a senior dominated season, you know – obviously, they’ve been around a long time and they understand the game. They know what they got to do; I can’t be any more pleased with this group of girls.” McCracken’s Coach Tim Whitis said. 

He continued, “I thought we came out pretty strong. “Of course, we still have to fix some stuff. Overall, I was pretty pleased with how we attacked the ball tonight.”

The sweep over Graves was a team effort for the Mustangs. Outside hitter and senior Jayda Harris stole the show and was able to touch 10-2 with 10 kills. Sophomore Carolina Sivills added eight kills and a block assist. Two of the kills by Sivills and a partial block came in an 8-1 run that would win the second set. 

Seniors Drew Mullinax and Adele Mavigliano had a combined eight kills on the night. Sophomore swinger Jenna Henshaw also produced with 10 kills. Additionally, in her first year of playing varsity, sophomore Piper Mullinax has had 35 assists to date.

It wasn’t an automatic sweep, in each set, Graves County tied with the Lady Mustangs early. In the first set, the two dominate teams tied 4-4, 6-6 in the second, and 6-6 in the third. Despite this, McCracken came through and went on to close the first set on a 17-2 run.

The third set would end on a 4-0 run and a celebratory finish for the Lady Stangs. 

Although Graves went into the match strong, they finished with 38 total errors. 

The Lady Eagles were ultimately led in scoring by junior Audrey Dowdy with eight kills, 10 digs, and one block while teammates junior Emily Oliver and sophomore Anna Fowler each had three kills. 

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Published 10:11 AM, Wednesday Sep. 16, 2020
Updated 10:15 AM, Wednesday Sep. 16, 2020



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