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District sweep

The Harlan Lady Dragons locked up the top seed for next month’s 52nd District Tournament with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-15 victory Tuesday over visiting Harlan County.

Harlan improved to 10-8 overall and 5-0 in district action with one match left against Middlesboro. The Lady Dragons have lost only one set against district opponents.

No statistics were available on the match.

“The girls played as a team and did a great job,” Harlan coach Tara Posey said. “Ai-yana Harriston did an awesome job serving. I think she served 10 or 12 in a row the very first set. Our sets are getting better, so our hitters can get some good swings at the ball. I can’t say enough good things about this team thus far. The come in every day ready to work and get better.”

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The Lady Dragons lost five of six matches last weekend in the Rocky Top Classic at Sevierville, Tenn., gaining valuable experience against quality competition in the process. Harlan lost to Betsy Layne, Stone Memorial, Tenn., Silverdale Academy, Tenn., Sale Creek, Tenn., and Campbell County, Tenn. Harlan defeated Kenwood, Tenn.

Harlan (10-8) will play in the state All “A” Classic over the weekend in Florence. The Lady Dragons will play in Pool B, taking on Bardstown at 8 p.m. on Friday and Caldwell County at 8:45. Harlan will play Whitesville Trinity at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.

The Lady Dragons will play at Middlesboro on Tuesday.

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Harlan County (6-4) clinched the second seed in the tournament with a 25-20, 25-5, 25-15 win Thursday at home over Bell County.

Miranda Cook led the Lady Bears with 14 aces, eight digs and six kills. Emily Long had seven aces, eight digs, eight kills and a block. Chelsey Noe contributed 10 aces, four digs, seven assists and a kill. Kimber Collins had six aces, two blocks and six assists. Olivia Minor added six aces, nine digs, four assists and a kill.

“Our service game was the difference tonight,” HCHS coach Stacy Noe said. “When you can that well it always gives you a chance to win.”

HCHS was given a boost by the return of senior Sophia Sergent from an injury.

The Lady Bears start a stretch of seven games in seven days on Monday at Thomas Walker, Va.