Lady Blazers Battle Past Christian County (w/PHOTOS)

It was an atmosphere with a post-season feel to it. The University Heights Academy Blazers tuned up for Friday’s trip to the All A Classic by fighting their way through a tough four-set win over 8th District rival Christian County Thursday night in Blazer Gym.

The Lady Blazers got some key late match plays from Suzie Comperry, Olivia Oakley, and Julia Thomas as they stayed unbeaten in district play. However, this one was a tight battle for much of the match.

The opening set saw four lead changes early. Then, with Christian County holding an 8-7 lead, the Lady Colonels ripped off five straight to go up 13-7. Hailey Sparks had a kill and a service ace to help ignite the run. The Lady Colonels were up 16-11 when the Lady Blazers used a 7-2 spurt to tie the set at 18-18. From there, the set was tied at 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23, before the Lady Blazers found a way to score two straight to close out the opening set 25-23 to go up 1-0 in the match.

Julia Thomas had a big set for the Lady Blazers with five kills. Olivia Oakley had three, two of them coming during the key final moments of the set. Hailey Sparks was big for the Lady Colonels, finishing the set with five kills. Skylar Kirby added four.

The second set saw Christian County use a 6-0 run to take a 12-7 lead midway through. This time, there would be no Lady Blazer rally as the Lady Colonels took the set 25-17 to even the match at one set apiece. Hailey Sparks had another stellar set with four kills to led the Christian County attack. Skylar Kirby was there again to provide help on the attack at the net with three kills of her own. Chayse Gilliland and Julia Thomas came up with big plays for the Lady Blazers.

The third set was much like the first. There were four lead changes early. Then, with the set tied 7-7, the Lady Blazers went on an 8-1 run to take a 15-8 lead. The run was keyed by the play of Sarah Peebles, Suzie Comperry, and Julia Thomas. From there, UHA was able to hold the Lady Colonels at bay and took the set 25-18 to go up 2-1 in the match.

The Lady Blazers, with Julia Thomas leading the charge, hit the Lady Colonels with a 14-2 run to open the fourth set. That opening salvo would be enough to carry UHA to a 25-13 win to close out the match three sets to one.

UHA got a super night from Julia Thomas, who led the Lady Blazers with 16 kills. Sarah Peebles again did the job for the Lady Blazers setting the table for her teammates.

Christian County got big play from Hailey Sparks and Skylar Kirby. Sparks finished with ten kills, while Kirby added 9.

UHA moves to 13-3 on the season, while Christian County drops to 2-13.

UHA Volleyball vs Christian County – September 15

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