The Corbin Lady Redhounds made two late-game surges to down the homestanding Lady Maroons of Pulaski County (25-21, 25-21) on Tuesday night.

After taking the opening game of the match, Corbin trailed Pulaski 15-10 in the second game. But the Lady Redhounds went on a 12 to 1 run to overtake Pulaski 22-16, which set up their game-two win and the match.

Pulaski didn’t help their own cause in the Corbin run as the lady Maroons committed 6 unforced errors down the stretch. However, two serving aces by Morgan Brock and two blocks at the net by Vanessa Wiseman gave Corbin all the confidence they needed in picking up the road win.

“Last year, Morgan Brock was our top server, but her serve had not developed any this year,” Corbin coach Alecia Elwell said. “We changed the line-up so she didn’t start and ever since we did that her serve has been back on. Last week she scored 21 points in one match, so it’s back.”

“Vanessa Wiseman is just a freshman and she is just really learning the game because she hasn’t played that much before,” Elwell added. “Her timing tonight on the blocks were so excellent. I think her blocks turned the game around because Pulaski got frustrated because the things they were used to doing weren’t working against us.”

With the scored tied at 9-9 in the second game, Pulaski’s offense finally got on track after kills by Ashlie Dye, Brooke Cable and Kim Phelps. Two serving aces by Siarra Combs helped give Pulaski their 15-10 game-two lead.

However, a Pulaski kill attempt error gave the serve back to Corbin’s Brock, who aced her first offering to the Lady Maroons. Then, two Pulaski return miscues narrowed the Pulaski lead to 15-14. Corbin then went on the offense with a kill by McKensey Hudson, two blocks at the net by Wiseman and another serving ace by Brock. Later, a kill by Corbin’s Torri Osborne and a Pulaski return error gave the Lady Redhounds a 22-16 lead.

Two Corbin return errors and two forceful kills by Pulaski’s Cara Boyd, put the Lady Maroons in striking distance at 22-20. However, the Lady Maroons committed three attack errors down the stretch to fall to 10-10 on the season, as Corbin upped their record to 9-12.

“We just couldn’t get anything going tonight,” Pulaski coach Teresa Combs said. “We had a little lead, but we were slow to the ball, we didn’t talk, we didn’t call balls on easy plays and we just couldn’t make the easy plays tonight. I am not taking anything away from Corbin, because they would not let the ball hit the floor. Corbin had tenacity tonight, I thought we sustained a lot of volleys over the net, but we would end up shooting ourselves in the foot.”

“Corbin did a good job of setting their middle a lot and hitting the 1 and 5 spot. But if we had been in our defensive spots, where we should’ve been, it would have been right in our hands,” Combs continued. “Corbin’s tenacity was the difference in the match and when it came time for us to terminate the ball, we didn’t get that done.”

In the first game, Pulaski found themselves in a 13-5 hole after they committed five attack errors and two return miscues. On the other end of the net, Corbin was paced by two serving aces by Brock, two kills by Wiseman, a kill by Jamie King and a kill by Melanie Sutton.

“This was Melanie Sutton’s first match back after being out with a knee injury,” Elwell explained of her senior middle hitter. “So, she was a little rusty and I was trying so hard to stay with her in a tight match like this one. Also, this was the first varsity start for Tarah Remy, and I thought she did really well not having played in a varsity game.”

Down 13-5 in the opening game, Pulaski put together their best series of offensive attacks. A Boyd kill, a Sarah Correll block, a Dye block and three serving aces by Amanda Blanton led to an 11 to 2 Pulaski run and a 16-15 lead. Two kills by Corbin’s Tarah Remy led to a Lady Redhounds’ 18-16 lead. Then, kills by Cable and Phelps allowed Pulaski to regain the lead at 19-18. Two Pulaski attack errors and an ace by Torri Osborne gave the lead back to Corbin at 21-19.

Kills by Wiseman and King, along with a serving ace by Brock, gave Corbin the first game of the match at 25-21.

“We have struggled with our team chemistry all year, but I thought the chemistry was good tonight,” Elwell commented. “If we can get our chemistry together and play like we did tonight against a team like Pulaski County, then things are starting to look up for this team.”

Offensively, Corbin was led by Wiseman with 5 kills, and Remy with 4 kills. Brock had 5 serving aces and a kill. For Pulaski, Boyd had 3 kills, while Dye, Cable and Phelps and 2 kills apiece. Blanton and Combs had 3 aces apiece.

Corbin will play 13th Region foes South Laurel in London on Thursday, Sept. 17. Pulaski will host their own invitational tournament this Friday and Saturday at Pulaski County High School.

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