SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With their eyes on the prize to advance to the regional volleyball tournament, the two local teams did exactly what they were supposed to do -- take care of business.
The top two seeds, North Bullitt and Bullitt Central, easily won first-round encounters and advanced to the 23rd District final. Both will play this week in the Sixth Region tournament.
The top seed was in control all three sets in defeating Southern 25-7, 25-11 and 25-3.
With the score tied 5-5 in the first set, North Bullitt's Kaitlyn Gividen ran off 16 straight service points.
In the second game, Devyn Tompkins started by winning her first six points and Southern never recovered.
And in the final set of the match, Tompkins would serve and win the first 20 points.
"Our servers are taught to look for the open spots," said Eagle coach Scott Whitlow. "We served very well tonight."
Coming into the game as the favorite, Whitlow said it was important for the players to respect their opponent and he challenged them to show that they earned that role.
"I'm really proud of that third set," said Whitlow. "We finished strong. That is important."
As with most volleyball teams, Whitlow said strong serving is important. On Tuesday night, he said the Lady Eagles certainly had an excellent match.
Throughout the season, the Bullitt Central girls liked to make matches interesting. They would win the first two sets and then decide that they might want to play a little longer.
On Tuesday, coach Katie VanVactor was very pleased to get the job done in three straight sets over Moore -- 25-11, 25-15 and 25-10.
"We've started to hit our groove the last couple of weeks," said VanVactor. "We've been working all season on being more confident."
In the opener, VanVactor sensed some early nerves, even with four seniors and six juniors on the roster. But she said they settled down quickly and took control.
Up 12-8, Lady Cougar Kaitlyn Cundiff served five straight winning points to give the host team some cushion. With Ashley Larison and Amy Gossett in control at the net, Amber Harp closed out the first set with five straight winning serves.
Set two was never close as Bullitt Central's front line never let Moore get into any offensive mode.
The Mustangs were never in the third set as Bullitt Central servers went on extended runs to close out the match.
"It's good to get it over in three," said VanVactor, whose team is assured of returning to the regional tournament.