By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
Pulaski ended the Lady Jumpers season on Tuesday night in the opening round of the 47th District Tournament. The Lady Maroons won 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-17).
This was the last game that seniors Kaitlyn and Kristyn Moore would play in as Lady Jumpers but this was also the last game that Coach Kelly Venters will be coaching.
“This was my last season, this was my last game. It has been fun and a great experience,” stated Venters. “This was my fourth season and it was a good year. I’m excited for the girls and I’m excited to see what their future holds.”
Pulaski advances to the championship round of the District Tournament but has also earned a trip to the 12th Region Tournament. Pulaski will play Casey County on Thursday night.
“We came out flat tonight and a little slow but I think that it is to be expected of the first round of the tournament,” began Pulaski Coach Teresa Combs. “The first round of the district is the toughest mentally, but we have played Casey twice this season and we know what they are capable of doing.”
In the first set Pulaski started the game off with the lead thanks to an ace by Jessica Ping. Somerset was able to tie and then surpass the Lady Maroons. The Lady Jumpers held on to the lead until Pulaski’s Samantha Randolph had two aces in a row to take the lead at 9-8. Pulaski held on to this lead until they ended the set at 25-13. Their largest lead of the set was a 12-point lead.
In the second Somerset was able to obtain a lead early thanks to an ace from Kaitlyn Moore. Pulaski immediately took the lead at after tying on a long serve at 2 all. Pulaski then went on a 8-1 run with the score at 10-3. Somerset’s Aubrey Kelley got an ace before the Lady Maroons jumped out to a 10-point lead. 7-1 run with an ace from Amber Viers, a kill by Randolph, and a block from Chelsea Smith. Pulaski won the second set 25-11 ending the set with three kills from Randolph.
“We came out and we competed the girls did the best that they could,” Venters remarked. “We struggled with passing tonight but we have all season. Pulaski is just a better team and this is nothing to be ashamed of.”
In the third set Pulaski had the lead the whole set but Somerset hung around close for the whole set but was never able to tie or take the lead. Ping started the set off with an ace, Randolph had a kill and Ashtyn Lyons had a kill. Somerset’s Lauren Maynard was able to get a kill to put the Lady Jumpers on the bored. The largest lead that the Lady Maroons held was at the end 25-17.
With this loss Somerset finishes the season with a record of 4-20. Pulaski’s record improves to 22-10. Pulaski returns to action on Thursday night facing Casey County in the championship round of the 47th District Tournament hosted by the Lady Maroons.
Kaitlyn Moore led the Lady Jumpers in kills with four, Kelley with three, Maynard with three, Kristyn Moore with two, and Haley Ellison with one.
Kaitlyn Moore led the team in aces with three, Kelley with two and Kristyn Moore with one.
Randolph had the game high 11 kills, Katie Dick followed with four, Ping and Smith both had three, Lyons and CeCe Roberts both had two.
Randolph and Ping both tied with five aces, Viers had two, Rachael Daniels had two, and Black and Roberts both had one.
Smith led the way with blocks with three, Dick had one and Randolph had one.