By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
Pulaski knocked off Wayne County the number two-ranked team in the region on Monday night at Pulaski. It took four set for the Lady Maroons to pull away with the win (22-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-15).
“Overall I thought we played pretty well, we communicated well on the floor,” stated head Coach Teresa Combs.
In the first set the Lady Maroons jumped out to a large lead but it didn’t stick. Pulaski went on a 5-1 run over the Lady Cardinals with a block from Sarah Correll and a kill from Samantha Randolph.
Wayne County started to come back at 9-5 but a Kill from Chelsea Smith put the Lady Maroons on another run. The run also included a kill from Jessica Ping. The Lady Cardinals called a timeout at 14-7.
At one time Pulaski had a nine-point lead over Wayne County, the Lady Cardinals never backed down from the Lady Maroons. At 22-13 Wayne County went on a 12-0 run to defeat Pulaski 25-22.
“Wayne County is never going to back down to anybody,” stated Coach Combs. “This is volleyball, a game of momentums. We withstood their momentum and ended up winning the match.”
In the second set the Lady Maroons started with a block then a kill both from Correll. Pulaski had the lead for most of this set, the Lady Cardinals were able to tie a few times but not take the lead.
The first tie of the match was at 8-all, Wayne County didn’t get a lead until the score was tied 17-all. The Lady Maroons had a short serve into the net giving the Lady Cardinals the lead. Wayne County lost their lead at 20-18, two blocks from Correll ties the score. Pulaski took the lead at 21-20.
The Lady Cardinals took the lead again at 23-21 but the Lady Maroons were able to tie again at 23-all. Wayne County called a timeout but after the break Bryanna Black came out with an ace. The Lady Cardinals came back and tied 24-all. Pulaski was able to end the set at 26-24.
In the third set the Lady Maroons went on a 6-1 run to start off the match. The run included an ace from Ping and a kill from Randolph. Pulaski had a pretty secure lead throughout this set even having an eight-point lead at one point.
Wayne County called a timeout when the Lady Maroons gained a seven-point lead. After the break the lady Cardinals went on a 7-1 run making the score 16-11. Correll ended the run with a kill. At 17-14 Pulaski was called for a lift. 18-15 the Lady Maroons with three point the lead.
Randolph had two kills making the score 20-16. The Lady Cardinals came within one when the Lady Maroons called timeout. After the break Correll and Ping both had a kill making the score 22-19 when Wayne County called timeout. Pulaski won the set 25-21
The Lady Maroons got the lead and held on to it throughout the set, the Lady Cardinals were able to tie Pulaski twice early in the set. The Lady Maroons were able to stick with lead they even went on several runs, the largest being 6-1. That run included an ace from CeCe Roberts, a block from Ping and a kill from Randolph. The run ended at 13-8.
As the Lady Maroons started another run Wayne County called timeout. After the break the Lady Cardinals went on a little run of their own, a 6-1 run making the score 18-15.
Pulaski then went on a 7-0 to end the set at 25-15. That run included a kill by Roberts, a kill by Randolph, and two aces by Correll.
Black lead the Lady Maroons with ace having three, Correll had two and Roberts had one.
Randolph led the team in kills with 15, Correll followed her with nine, Roberts had six, Ping had four, Black had three, and Smith had one.
Correll set the pace for Pulaski in blocks with six, Ping had two, Randolph had one, and Smith had one.
Black led the team with assist having 20, Randolph had seven, Roberts had six, and Ping had one.
The Lady Maroons were back in action last night, they played Burgin on senior night. Pulaski only has one regular season game left before starting the district tournament. They are the number one seed for the 47th district. The Lady Maroons record for the season is 18-12 on the season.