Lady Patriots drop pair of close matches

By TRAVIS DAVID
tdavid@dcherald.com

EVANSVILLE — The Heritage Hills volleyball team could not quite get over the hump on Saturday.

The Lady Patriots dropped a pair of closely contested matches at the Evansville Memorial invite, falling to Mt. Vernon and the host Lady Tigers.

“We were neck and neck with two really good teams today,” Heritage Hills coach Kayla White stated. “I thought we showed a lot of improvement with each play so it showed the potential we have for the year.”

In the opening match, Heritage Hills fell 25-19, 25-22 to the Wildcats.

Rebekah Gordon (4) and Shelby Skelton (3) combined for seven kills in the loss.

Hannah Marchand dished out nine of the Lady Patriots 12 assists and recorded a team-high eight digs.

“The girls played well, but we just had too many unforced errors which got the best of us,” White said. Mt. Vernon has a strong front line that didn’t let up but I was proud of my girls for how hard they all fought.”

Heritage Hills had 11 errors on the offensive attack and also four four serving errors on 42 total serves.

In the final match of the day, the Lady Patriots went toe-to-toe with a hard-hitting lineup of Memorial.

Heritage Hills won the first set 25-17, before the hosts rallied for a 25-21 win in the second and 18-16 in the third.

“We played much better,” White said of the Memorial loss. “They have many powerful hitters on their front rowand I feel like our blockers and defense did a good job at maintaining them.”

Gordon and Skelton once again led the attack for the Lady Patriots with a combined 13 putaways, led by Gordons’ seven kills.

Wes Cochren and Shelby Miller added three kills apiece.

Marchand handed out 18 assists, finished with nine digs and handed recorded two aces.

As a team, Heritage Hills finished with 10 aces from the service line, led by Skelton’s three.

The Lady Patriots return to the court on Tuesday when they travel to Jasper.

 




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