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Volleyball - Lady Mustangs take three sets in Draffenville without leader
9/14/2018 9:44 AM

McCracken County volleyball coach Tim Whitis had to go to the drawing board on Thursday night, in a straight-set win over Marshall County.

Without outside hitter Hanna Rinehart (illness) in the lineup, he had to find a way to replicate the senior’s consistency in the front row.

Senior setter Aubrey Thomas, already an active vocal leader for the Lady Mustangs, directed traffic most of the night on the floor.

“I thought Aubrey did a really nice job,” Whitis said. “With her being the setter and being able to come in, you’ve just got to be able to make plays. You’re pretty much in every single play. That’s the role of the setter.”

Aubree Tilly earned the start in Rinehart’s spot in the rotation, also making an immediate impact.

“She’s a big block,” Whitis said. “I thought she did a really nice job on the right side for us. She got a couple of kills. She was able to put the ball away and jump up and bother some people.”

Junior libero Madison Jarvis and sophomore outside hitters Makenzie Mason and Drew Mullinax carried out most of McCracken’s attack – with eight kills each.

“We just had to push the tempo,” Jarvis said.

Still, service was more of an issue than Whitis and the Lady Mustangs might’ve liked it to be.

“We had a ton of missed serves,” he said. “I was really shocked at that. We’re usually a pretty strong serving team, but we missed six or seven serves in the first set. That’s just really unusual for us. We don’t miss that many in a five-set match. We’re definitely going to have to go home and work on some serving.”

Halle Langhi had 11 kills, while Clara Bradley had 12 assists and McKenzie Elkins had 11 digs for the Lady Marshals, who are 100 percent healthy for the first time all season.

“When you have 21 zeroes on serve-receive, you can’t really do a whole lot,” Marshall County coach Dan Langhi said. “You’ve got to try and swing and make it more difficult on them. There were some plays there where we just weren’t with it. It’s a work in progress. I hate using (the excuse) that we’re young, but I mean, we’re young and we’ve got to learn from our mistakes, not hang our heads and just improve every day.”

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