The Pulaski Lady Maroons’ volleyball team had lost four of their last five games, so was important that they got off to a strong start against district rivals North Laurel on Tuesday night at Pulaski County High School.

And the Lady Maroons did just that as they rolled to a 25-11, 25-21 win over the visiting Lady Jags.

“We came out tonight and served the ball well and we passed the ball extremely well — better than we have done all season, “ Pulaski coach Teresa Combs said. “Anytime you play North Laurel you have to be prepared. And the fact that we picked up a district win is great.”

With Pulaski holding a slim 7-5 lead in game one, kills by Kimberlee Harris and Sarah Vinovich, and serving aces by Ashley Strong, Vinovich and Harris, vaulted the Lady Maroons to 17-9 lead. Down the stretch, Strong had two kills, Godby had a kill and a ace, and Harris had a kill to close out a 25-11 Lady Maroon win.

However, in game two, North Laurel threaten Pulaski with improved play as the Lady Jags took an early 12-9 lead set up by a Megan Prewitt kill. Pulaski’s Rachel Thompson and Kimberlee Harris served up two aces apiece to give Pulaski a 17-14 lead. Pulaski’s Strong added two kills and a block to give Pulaski a commanding 22-16 lead.

But a North Laurel reeled off four unanswered points off kills by Casey Karr and Makenzie Prichard, and two back-to back serving aces by Carrie Cobb to bring the Lady Jags within two points. The two teams traded serving errors to put the score at 23-21 in favor of Pulaski.

Consecutive kills by Pulaski’s Godby and Harris gave Pulaski a 25-21 win in the second game and upped the Lady Maroons’ season record to 10-4, while North Laurel falls to 7-6-2. Pulaski is now 2-1 in district play and North Laurel is 0-3 in the district.

North Laurel first-year coach Kenny Woods was optimistic about his team’s improvement over the past several months.

“There are a few things we have got to get better at to be able to play with the top teams in the district,” Woods said. “If we improve this month as much as we did last month, then I feel we can compete with the top teams in the district.”

Combs sees North Laurel as a dangerous team, despite the Lady Jags losing district record.

“North Laurel is a very athletic team and they are going to do well,” Combs stated.

For Pulaski, Tani Godby had six kills and four aces, Tiffany Taylor had a kill and 14 assists, Rachel Thompson had three aces, Hollie Hranicky had two aces, Ashley Strong had six kills and three aces, and Sarah Vinovich had a kill and an ace. Lady Maroon senior Kimberlee Harris had three kills, five aces and three blocks.

For the Lady Jags, Abby Sears had three kills, Casey Karr had two kills and an ace, Makenzie Prichard had two kills, Megan Prewitt had a kill and Carrie Cobb had two aces.

North Laurel will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 7, when they host Corbin. Pulaski will host Woodford County on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m.

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