Welcome

Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Moment No. 2: Volleyball wins first region crown

The McCracken County volleyball team entered its season last fall with one goal: make state.

That seemed likely considering Lone Oak reached the state tournament the previous three seasons and advanced to the quarterfinals the year before. But that success meant the Lady Mustangs were facing pressure to continue doing well after Heath, Lone Oak and Reidland consolidated.

"I think it was a little bit more this year because they did want to do more this year with it being a new school, more kids looking at you, the whole community knowing who you were," Lady Mustangs coach Tim Whitis said. "A lot of people were watching all of the sports to see what they were going to do, if they were going to be successful. It worked out well for us."

That's an understatement.

The Lady Mustangs cruised through the regular season, going 9-0 in their district and 12-0 in the First Region. They didn't lose a set against a team in the Paducah Sun coverage area, going 31-0.

And they achieved their goal of reaching the state tournament, where they beat Whitley County 25-11, 25-9, 25-8 in the first round. The Lady Mustangs then lost to Assumption, which MaxPreps.com ranks the No. 4 team nationally, 25-20, 25-13, 25-13, on Nov. 9.

"That was our goal: to play Assumption and beat Assumption," outside hitter Jasmine Bennett said. "That's who we train for every year. That's who we talk about every year. It's not like we're going to go in there like we're already beat. We have a chance to play with them."

Bennett, who earned her 1,000th kill last fall, believes her team handled the pressure well. Its success led to the first of six First Region team championships for McCracken County.

"That means a whole lot, being the first sport to accomplish that goal," she said. "It got our name out there for McCracken volleyball but also for McCracken County period."

--Daniel Paulling

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha ac121ac6bb914f26ae5af96b1f541e16
Top Classifieds
  • 10 week old German ShepherdsFully Vet ... Details
  • PILLOWTOP Mattress Sets, NEW in plast ... Details
  • RUNNING, fixable, junk vehicles, equi ... Details
  • New Custom Homes Marshall Co. Low 2&a ... Details
  • 3BR/1BA brick home/3.8 acres, 2424 Gr ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't buy p ... Details
  • Lake Front Home 3,000 sq. ft., Kuttaw ... Details
  • 2005 Ford Taurus, 115k miles, exc. co ... Details
This Week In Photos
Most Popular
  1. 15 stores distribute to minor
  2. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Ingredients getting booted
  3. INSENSITIVE? WHO says be careful what you call those bugs
  1. Boy struck by car, thrown 30 feet
  2. 15 stores distribute to minor
  3. IRS: Hackers stole tax info
  1. 15 stores distribute to minor
  2. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Ingredients getting booted
  3. INSENSITIVE? WHO says be careful what you call those bugs
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...