Harlan County netters edge Bell in district finals

Published 6:11 am Thursday, October 20, 2022

PAUL LUNSFORD

Contributing writer

For the first since 2014, the Harlan County Lady Black Bears have won a 52nd District Volleyball Championship at Middlesboro High School.

HCHS edged Bell County on Tuesday in five sets (25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-11).

Harlan County advanced to the title game with a 3-0 victory over Harlan (25-13, 25-12, 25-18).

Bell County defeated Middlesboro 3-0 in Monday’s first game (25-8, 25-17, 25-16).

In the championship game, Ashton Evans has 35 digs and 19 kills to lead the Lady Bears. Kalista Dunn also contributed 10 kills. Savannah Hill collected 23 assists for Harlan County. Lindsay Hall and Kylee Hoiska each added six aces. Hill and Dunn followed with four aces apiece. Dunn contributed 22 digs, followed by Hoiska with 15, Hall with 13 and Hill with 12. Harlan County also got eight kills from Hall. Destiny Cornett had 10 digs. Senior Chloe Shelton finished with nine assists.

No scoring information was available for the Lady Cats.

Bell County won both regular season games over the Lady Bears. The Lady Cats won 3-2 at home on Aug. 30 and downed host HC 3-1 on Sept. 20.

The Lady Bobcats were the three-time district champions. The Lady Bears were district runner-ups in 2020 and 2021.

Since 2010, HC has claimed five district titles.

Harlan County was led by Hill with eight assists in the district opener against Harlan. Shelton added seven assists. Dunn added seven aces, six kills and five digs for the Lady Bears. Hill had six aces and Evans had five. Hall contributed six kills.

For the Lady Dragons, Ella Farley collected 11 digs. Emma Owens followed with eight and Carley Thomas added six. Thomas also added six aces while Annie Hoskins had four kills. Marissa Marlowe and Thomas added three kills each. Owens had three assists

Harlan closed the season with an 8-14 record.

Middlesboro, which ended the year with a 1-18 mark, was led by Marilynn Jackson with eight digs and four assists. Harmony Goins contributed four digs and four assists for the Lady Jackets. Madison Heck added three digs.

Bell County (23-9) and Harlan County (11-11) will both advance to the 13th Region Tournament.

52nd District Champions

2022-Harlan County

2021-Bell County

2020-Bell County

2019-Bell County

2018-Harlan

2917-Harlan

2016-Harlan

2015-Harlan

2014-Harlan County

2013-Harlan County

2012-Harlan County

2011-Middlesboro

2010-Harlan County