The UHA Lady Blazers ran their winning streak against 8th District opponents to six matches Tuesday evening. UHA knocked off the Hopkinsville Lady Tigers in straight sets at Blazer Gym. The last loss against an 8th District opponent for the Lady Blazers was back on September 20, 2018, when they lost in straight sets to Christian County. Since 2016, UHA has gone 24-5 against district foes.
Hopkinsville came out and took it right at UHA in the opening set. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead on their initial service. The Lady Blazers, however, got their footing, and worked their way back into the set, taking their first lead of the set at 20-19. UHA went on to close out the opening set 25-21. Katie Beth Stevens and Meghan Adams each had four kills, while Clarissa Miller added three. Alyssa Bearns had a pair of kills for Hoptown.
The second set was more of the same early, but then the Lady Blazers took things over. With the second set tied at 5-5, UHA went on a 9-1 run to take a 14-6 lead. The Lady Blazers then rolled through the remainder of the set, winning 25-12 to go up 2-0 in the match. With solid setting play from Lily Hendricks and Beth Peebles, UHA was able to control play at the net. Evelyn Morales finished the set with four kills, while Katie Beth Stevens had three kills and two service aces.
The 3rd set opened much like the first. Hopkinsville quickly roared out to a 7-2 lead. Again, like the first set, the Lady Blazers worked their way back into the set. Trailing 11-10, UHA scored the next six points to take a 16-11 lead, a lead they would not relinquish, as they closed out the set and the match with a 25-17 win. The Lady Blazers got big play at the net from Katie Beth Stevens, Clarissa Miller, and Meghan Adams. Their big run to take over the lead came with Beth Peebles on the serve.
The Lady Blazers had 10 team aces and 42 kills led by seniors Meghan Adams and Katie Beth Stevens who each had 11 kills for the metch. Evelyn Morales and Clarissa Miller each added 8 kills. Setter Beth Peebles had 37 assists and 8 digs. Digs were led by Lily Hendricks with 20.
With the win, which is the Lady Blazers’ 3rd in a row, they improve to 9-2 on the season.
Hopkinsville got solid play on the night from Alyssa Bearns and Shelby Isenhoff to lead their effort. Bearns had 4 kills, 5 digs, and one block. Isenhoff had 3 kills and 7 digs. Hope Pace added 2 kills and 2 blocks. Savannah Pech chipped in with 12 assists and 3 digs, while Chandler Adams finished with 10 digs in the match. The Lady Tigers see their record fall to 3-6. Hopkinsville returns to action Thursday night when they go on the road to take on Henderson County.