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North volleyball stays undefeated

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Heading into the second month of the regular season, the North Bullitt Lady Eagles have played just seven matches.

However, coach Ashley Byerley’s team has gotten the most out of those matches as they stand undefeated. The green and gold are one of only two undefeated teams in the Sixth Region along with state-power Mercy. Mercy was set to play top-ranked Assumption earlier this week.

Since a three game sweep of Bullitt Central on Aug. 20, the Lady Eagles have wrapped up two more victories and both of those came in three straight sets. In fact, since the opener against Fern Creek, when they needed five games to win, the Lady Eagles had swept six straight matches.

Against John Hardin, the Lady Eagles went on the road for the first time this season and collected a 25-23, 25-17, 25-11 win over John Hardin. The green and gold then returned home and cruised past Martha Layne Collins 25-21, 25-6, 25-19.

Already standing at 1-0 in District 23 play, the Lady Eagles faced Moore on Tuesday night in the only match the team had this week.

North Bullitt will not play a major tournament for another week when they will compete in the Central Hardin Queens of the Court tournament on Sept. 14-15 in Elizabethtown.

Bullitt East

Taking on some of the best teams in the state has meant that the 2012 season has been a roller-coaster ride for the Bullitt East Lady Chargers.

Last Tuesday, coach Ed Fisher’s team faced what was probably the most daunting task in local volleyball history when they traveled to Mercy to take on the Jaguars in the first meeting ever between the two schools in the sport. Mercy, the 2009 state champions and 2010 runners-up, are now in the 24th District with the Lady Chargers.

In this meeting, it was all Mercy as the state powers turned back Bullitt East 25-4, 25-9, 25-8.

Bullitt East is now 0-2 in 24th District play and must defeat both Jeffersontown (next Monday) and Fern Creek (the following Monday) to stay away from Mercy in the semi-finals of the 24th District tournament.

Bullitt East did have two wins before the Mercy match. The red and gold beat Doss 25-12, 25-8, 25-17 and then turned back visiting Spencer county 25-6, 21-25, 25-14, 25-13.

After the Mercy loss, Bullitt East also suffered a 25-13, 25-18, 25-22 setback to former Eighth Region rival South Oldham. The Lady Dragons are also ranked among the top 25 teams in the state this season.

Bullitt East is now 6-5 and will compete in the Elizabethtown Invitational on Saturday along with Bullitt Central.

Bullitt Central

The Lady Cougars have struggled this season under first-year head coach Katie VanVactor with a team that does not have any seniors.

Still, Bullitt Central got an important win last Thursday when they turned back 23rd District rival Southern 25-10, 25-11. That was only the third victory for the Lady Cougars this season and snapped a four-match losing streak.

With that win, the maroon and gray are 1-1 in district play with matches against Moore and Evangel still to be played.

Bullitt Central now has a 3-10 record.