Tony McGuire — Sports Editor
September 25, 2013
The Hazard Lady Bulldogs’ volleyball team traveled to Bath County over the weekend to participate in the Citizens Bank Volleyball Throwdown. The Lady Bulldogs played a total of five matches in the tournament and came away with an impressive 4-1 record (including their third win over Letcher Central this season).
The Lady Bulldogs started the tournament with West Carter and had little trouble disposing of the Lady Comets, extinguishing them in two games.
Hazard jumped up early in the first game, and finished strong for the 25-10 win. The Lady Bulldogs held the momentum in game two, and cruised to the 25-12 win.
In match two, Hazard took on the Lady Rams of Raceland. The Lady Bulldogs struggled getting out of the gate in the first game, and eventually fell 25-14.
In the second game, Hazard pulled themselves together and rallied for the win (25-23). However, they would not hold the momentum as Raceland came back for the 25-20 win for the match.
In the third match, the Lady Bulldogs took on a region foe in the Powell County Lady Pirates. Both games would be close, but Hazard would find a way to pull out the wins.
In the first game, the momentum went back and forth, with the final rally going to the Lady Bulldogs, giving them the 25-23 win. Game two would continue along the same lines until the midway point when Hazard began to pull away. The Lady Bulldogs went on to win the game, and match, with the 25-19 win.
The fourth game put Hazard on the court with a familiar foe in the Letcher Central Lady Cougars. The Lady Bulldogs already held two wins over the Lady Cougars this season.
Hazard broke a stalemate midway through game one, and went on to the 25-21 win. The momentum stayed with the Lady Bulldogs in game two, and they went on to win the game 25-19, giving them their third win over Letcher Central this season.
Hazard concluded their tournament play with the host Bath County Lady Cats. The Lady Cats put up quite a fight as they pushed the Lady Bulldogs to the limit.
The struggle started with the opening serve and continued throughout game one. Bath County was able to hold off a strong effort by Hazard to take the 26-24 win.
The Lady Bulldogs came out for game two with a can-do attitude and jumped out to the early lead. The Lady Cats could not recover from the opening salvo, and Hazard evened the match at 1-1.
The Lady Bulldogs slacked off a little in the final game, but not enough to let the Lady Cats back into the contest. Hazard went on to win the game, and match, by the final count of 25-19.