Lady bombers secure number 1 seed
Tim Taylor, KPI Staff
A three set to one victory on Tuesday night over Graves County secured the Lady Bombers regular season 3rd District Title. The Lady Bomber win Tuesday night at the Green Palace ended district competition. Ballard Memorial finished with the 4-0 mark, sweeping both Mayfield and Graves County during the regular season.
After splitting the first two sets, the Lady Bombers came out slow in the third set as well. Trailing 9-12, Elizabeth Goodin served to try and get some points back for the Bombers. They reeled off five straight points to recapture the lead at 14-12. Later in match, freshman Madison Trusha made back to back aces to push the lead to 19-14. After losing the serve, the Lady Bombers regained control, going to the kill. Taylor Foster got a kill, followed by Kaylee Stover, and then two in a row by Goodin to extend the lead to 23-15. The Lady Eagles tried to make a late push but could not overcome the deficit as the Lady Bombers prevailed 25-20. The fourth was quite competitive during a majority of the set. The score was tied at 17 all when the Lady Bombers made a run. After regaining serve with the 18-17 lead, Foster got an ace to extend the lead to two. Jade Tilford made a nice punch to put the ball in an open spot late in the set to push the lead to 23-19. The Lady Eagles would get the next point to cut the lead to 23-20, but the Lady Bombers would finish out taking the fourth set 25-20.
Goodin finished the match with 14 kills and four aces, while Foster added nine kills and 11 digs. Trusha had a well rounded performance as she lead the team with five aces to go along with six digs and three kills. Jade Tilford was her solid self with 32 assists as the Lady Bombers won 25-9, 16-25, 25-20, 25-20. Coach Adam Solomon pointed to the fact that the Lady Bombers connected on 96% of their serves and not having those serve errors were key in the victory. He added, “I don’t think we played our best, but it is nice going into the district tournament having won both regular season matches.” Solomon added, “I think it will give us a mental advantage, competitive advantage. I hope it pays off in the district tournament.”
The Lady Bombers then traveled to Calloway County on Thursday night and swept the Lady Lakers to win their fifth match in a row. Ballard Memorial won 25-15, 25-23, 25-19 to claim the victory. Goodin again led the team in kills with 11 in the three sets and added eight digs. Stover led the team with three blocks to go along with four kills and seven digs. Rebekah Hogancamp had double figures in digs as she had ten and three aces. Serving aces were led by Maggie Denton with four as she added six digs and three kills. Tilford ended the night with 25 assists in the match.
Ballard Memorial went to Princeton on Saturday for a double header facing two teams that made the All A State Tournament. Green County was first up for the Lady Bombers and the Lady Dragons handed the Lady Bombers their first loss in the last six matches, sweeping the three sets 25-13, 26-24, 25-7. The Lady Bombers did a nice job of recovering as they then took care of the host Lady Tigers in four sets, winning 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-15. It was the first time the Lady Bombers have been able to beat Caldwell County. Goodin helped lead the way with 20 kills and four aces. Tilford finished with a double-double with 36 assists and 14 digs. Foster added 11 digs while Stover led the team with four blocks. The Lady Bombers sit at 14-6 on the year and host CCA on Tuesday night for their annual Dig Pink event for cancer awareness, and then host Marshall County on Thursday night.