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Lady Bulldogs struggle to hold off Lady Lions

Arpan Dixit
Herald Staff

Senior Miranda Hungate goes for the kill during the Lady Bulldogs loss to Garrard County on Monday, Aug. 28. (The Harrodsburg Herald/Arpan Dixit)

The start of the 2017 volleyball season has been kind to the Burgin Lady Bulldogs (3-2) volleyball team. They started out 3-0 with wins over Berea, Danville and Kentucky School for the Deaf.  Unfortunately, they have struggled the last three games against Sayre, Washington County and Garrard County.

The Garrard County Lady Lions (3-6) came in to Burgin on Monday, Aug. 28, and left with a straight set victory. The Lady Lions won 3-0 (25-17, 25-7, 25-14) and improved to 4-6 on the season, while the Bulldogs are an even .500 at 3-3.

Head Coach Doug Rulon would have like to see more fight out of his team against the Lady Lions. “I was disappointed in their performance today,” said Rulon. “They didn’t look like the same team they started the season with.” Rulon said somewhere along the way, his team lost heart in themselves and they need to find it to come back out and play the way they can.

The first set looked promising for the Lady Bulldogs, splitting the first 10 points with the Lady Lions. Senior hitter Miranda Hungate makes her voice known on the court and directs her teammates to get in the right spots and make the right play. She is the voice for the Lady Bulldogs out on the floor. Unfortunately for Burgin, a couple costly serving errors and fundamental mistakes cost them in the first set, and they never seemed to recover from there.

The second set was all Garrard County, scoring the first five points of the set and never looked back. Burgin struggled on their returns and the Lady Lions took advantage.

The third set was also a struggle for Burgin as Garrard County scored the first eight points of the set before Burgin could get their first. The Lady Lions scored a flurry of points in the middle of the set, survived a late run by Burgin, but held on for the win.

To learn more, check out this week’s issue of The Harrodsburg Herald.

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