HOWARD — The East Knox girl’s volleyball team were celebrating their seniors on a night that resulted in a close and tough loss for them in four sets (25-12, 16-25, 23-25, 23-25) to the Mount Gilead Indians.

The seniors who were celebrated for the Bulldogs were Reign Hernandez, Hallie Rine, Meggan Bartok and Jadelyn Evans. Even though the Bulldogs did end up losing the game, the loss did nothing to take away from what the seniors contributed to the team throughout the season and throughout their careers.

“The focus will remain on our seniors regardless of win or lose,” said EK coach Allie Henthorn. “Obviously, it stinks to lose on senior night. It does. Especially against a team that you compete with. So, it’s a tough loss, but the girls are going to stay focused and come ready to play Thursday for Volley For The Cure against Danville here.”

The Bulldogs started strong with a 25-12 victory in the first set, and it appeared as if East Knox was going to be the more dominant team, but this proved to not be the case in the second set when they suffered a big 25-16 loss. The other two sets (both ending in 25-23 losses) were games in which the Bulldogs could have come back, but narrowly didn’t.

After this disappointing loss, the Bulldogs will remain focused on the future and their tournament efforts. Henthorn was still proud of her girls and the effort and teamwork that they exhibited in such close losses to the Indians.

“At this point in the season our team is focused on tournaments and preparing for tournaments,” said Henthorn. “I think our girls fought hard tonight. They came out strong. They played very strong to start with, and we dropped off by just a lack of intensity.

“Honestly, I can’t give you an answer as to why we let the win slip away. I can’t give you an answer as to why our girls didn’t come out for the win tonight. All I can say is that that team worked their butt off. They worked hard, they talked, they moved, they did the things they had to do. They had errors all shared among them. No one person was the fault of this game. I’m really proud of the fight that they put up and the effort that they put in, regardless of the outcome.”

 

Cody Strawser: 740-397-5333 or cody@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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