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Bulldogs fall to Providence

The Pike County Lady Bulldogs had their volleyball season come to an end after falling in the Class 3A Area 4 Tournament at Providence High School.

The Bulldogs advanced to the tournament’s second round after knocking off Daleville in four sets 19-25, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-21. In the semifinal round, the Bulldogs went up against the fourth-ranked Providence Eagles and fell in straight sets 11-25, 12-25 and 11-25.

With the loss, the Bulldogs wrap up their season with a 9-6 record.

“Hats off to them for battling and hanging in there,” said head coach Todd Reynolds. “They got a little down against Daleville, but they fought back and played hard. I don’t have any complaints they battled hard.”

Against Daleville, Precious Vaznaian had 12 kills, while Keeyah Rodgers had 10 kills and 3 blocks. Senkeithia Thompson had 17 assists and 4 blocks.

Against the Eagles, Rodgers led the way with 6 kills, while senior Mercedes Harvis had 4 kills.

“My goal was for us to flip the record and they did exactly what I asked them to do,” Reynolds said.

Not only did Reynolds flip the record in 2017, he also gave some of his younger plays get valuable experience.

“We are trying to mesh in some of the younger players with the old and get them to understand the concept. You can see them developing throughout the year. There weren’t too many long droughts until we picked up another win.

“I will be losing two seniors but I had a couple sophomores step up and play pretty well today. If we can keep fostering that type of development, we should be in pretty good shape.”