PCHS volleyball ends season in playoffs

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Pike County Lady Bulldogs’ volleyball season came to an end on Monday as they lost in straight sets to Providence Christian in the Class 3A Area 4 tournament.

After winning in five sets in round one against Daleville, 20-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-18, 15-10 the Bulldogs ran into a difficult Eagle team.

“There are certain areas in the state with power house teams in them,” said Bulldogs head coach Todd Reynolds. “Providence can very well win the entire state championship.”

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The Bulldogs have played well against Daleville and with the win the checked off an important goal.

“The bottom line is this is a playoff win,” Reynolds said. “You build from that. You can’t learn how to beat the monsters until you start learning how to win playoff games. That was our fourth win in a row heading into the showdown with Providence.”

The Bulldogs were able to utilize their serve against Daleville on Monday, something they have hung their hat on all season long.

“We made a few more serves than they did,” Reynolds said. “Our service game was the strongest area of our game all year.”

Senkethia Thompson led the service attack for the Bulldogs with 15 service points against Daleville.  Jordan Carlisle was a force at the net with seven blocks. Precious Vaznaian had 10 service points and 12 kills. The Bulldogs entered the season with a young team, whose oldest player was a lone junior. “We might as well be a JV team,” Reynolds said. “We ended up 7-10. It took us midway through the season to get a rotation and have them bye into their roles. We now can watch them get better at their roles.”

With many of the players moving on to basketball, the true offseason program won’t start until the spring when the team will hold tryouts. During the summer the team will participate in camps before getting things started again next August.