HEBRON ESTATES - Point. Game. Match.
That was just about how long it took for the North Bullitt Lady Eagles to put a stranglehold on the district volleyball season as they wrapped up the number one seed for the post-season tournament with an impressive 25-15, 25-12 victory over Bullitt Central.
Through the first rotation of district volleyball action this season, the word was ‘parity’. In just five days, the Lady Eagles made that word obsolete and created a new one, ‘domination.’ On the previous Thursday, the green and gold had crushed Bullitt East 25-13, 25-11.
“We keep emphasizing that our ultimate goal is the district,” first-year North Bullitt head coach Ashley Byerley said after the match. “We wanted to seal the deal tonight. We said it was our game and on our court and our win.”
North Bullitt had just three serving miscues in the match. For much of the season, Byerley has been talking about ‘passing’ and ‘serving’, but the Lady Eagles also blocked well at the net in this match, led by junior Erin Downs.
“She was out the first time we played them,” Byerley said of Downs. “She came out tonight and really played her game. She had that killer instinct that we wanted. She played very well.”
The first game was tied at 4-4, but that was the last time that Bullitt Central was close. North Bullitt reeled off 12 of the next 17 points, but Bullitt Central was still within 19-15 before the Lady Eagles scored the last six points of the game behind the serve of junior Brittany Farnsley.
It got no better for Bullitt Central in the second game. North Bullitt scored the first two points on service ‘aces’ by junior Kiersten June and it was 24-6 at one point. Bullitt Central did manage to score six straight points, forcing Byerley to call a time-out.
“I can find some negative things,” the coach said. “We were one point away and we let them score all of those points. We let up a little. Just because I subbed some doesn’t mean we can let up.”
Bullitt Central head coach Jennifer Romine was not a happy camper after the match, but principal Christy Coulter pointed out that the team had not been able to practice the previous day because of testing that was set up in the gym at school.
“We had been playing well,” Romine said. “We had played very well. We just had a lot of bad passing tonight.
“North Bullitt hit well. They hit real well,” the veteran coach added. “I can’t take anything away from them. They deserved to win.”
The good news for the Bullitt Central is that after beating Spencer County a week earlier, they have already wrapped up the number two seed and cannot face North Bullitt until the district final no matter what happens in a match at Bullitt East on Thursday of this week.
“We’ll go to Bowling Green this weekend and play some good teams,” Romine said of the team’s final tournament. “I told them if they are going to play like this, we should just stay at home.”
It actually turned out to be a tough weekend for both the Lady Eagles and Lady Cougars.
North Bullitt competed in the Elizabethtown Invitational on Saturday and posted only a 1-4 record. Bullitt Central went to Bowling Green and lost a pair of matches.
Bullitt East also competed in the Elizabethtown Invitational on Saturday and got to play six matches. The red and gold recorded wins over Ohio County and Heath, bringing their win total for the season to six.