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Pick Six...Bullitt East continues dominance

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By The Staff

MOUNT WASHINGTON - Don’t think that winning gets old, even if your school has just won its sixth straight 29th District volleyball championship.

Bullitt East coach Michelle Gajdik’s squad swept through the district tourney on its home floor last week and is preparing to play in the 8th Region tournament in Shelby County.

The Chargers defeated Spencer County 25-17, 25-19 in the final. In the opener, Bullitt East turned back North Bullitt 25-21, 25-17.

Both Bullitt East and Spencer County will advance to the regional tournament. Bullitt East will play Anderson County at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday night.

“You never get tired of winning,” Gajdik said following the victory.

While the coach was confident of the outcome, she said the team spoke of not overlooking anyone at anytime.

“We’ve taken one step at a time,” said Gajdik.

On Tuesday, the relaxed team only ran into trouble once. And a quick timeout fixed that.

In the first game, Bullitt East fell behind 11-10.

“I just tried to get them refocused,” Gajdik said of the timeout.

With Jade Troutman taking over at the net, Bullitt East outscored the visitors 15-6.

Hannah Adkins and Amanda Sherlock handled the serving duties and Troutman, Samantha Johnson, Lynsey O’Brien, Brittany Gajdik and Troutman controlled the net.

In game two, Bullitt East was tied at 6 when Brittany Gajdik 10 consecutive winning points to take charge.

Spencer County pulled to within four points at 19-15 but the coach let her experienced team work out of trouble.

“They work so hard and they do things together,” the coach said of her team. “They know what each other is going to do.”

Bullitt East finished 22-9 on the regular season and a perfect 8-0 in the district.

Gajdik felt good about the Chargers’ chances in the regional play. Of course, the Oldham County teams will be tough, as well as Shelby County.

“Our goal is always to win district and to advance further in the regionals,” she said.

With a week of practice, Gajdik feels Bullitt East has its best opportunity to go deep into the regional tournament.

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Brittany Gadjik was selected as the tournament’s most outstanding player. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Jade Troutman, Lynsey O’Brien and Samantha Johnson; Alyssa Ruiz, Samantha Elder and Ashley Brown of Spencer County; Kallie Kuprion and Qualeatha Bennett of Bullitt Central; and Leanna Valla and Caitlin Crowder of North Bullitt.