Lady Dragons close season with 2 wins

Harlan bounced back from a recent losing streak and closed the season strong by winning three of their last four matches, including a 25-4, 25-8 and 25-20 rout of visiting Lynn Camp on Thursday.

Brandi Haywood had nine kills and one block to lead the 15-19 Lady Dragons. Haven Saylor had six aces, four assists and one dig. AnnMarie Bianchi added six aces, one kill and one dig. Madison Middleton contributed three aces, two digs and two kills. Courtney Cozart had four aces, two assists and one kill. Taylor Simpson contributed four digs. Ai-Yana Harriston had one ace and two digs. Emma Fisher added four assists and one dig. Emily Sizemore contributed one dig.

Haywood had a monster game with 13 kills, two blocks, three digs and seven assists as Harlan won 25-13, 25-14 and 25-21 on Tuesday at Lynn Camp. Simpson added seven kills, one block, six assists and 11 digs. Middleton contributed two aces, five kills, two digs and two assists. Saylor had five aces, five assists and one dig. Harrison added three aces and two digs. Sizemore contributed one ace, one assist and three digs.

“We have played some very tough competition this season and I hope it pays off in tournament play,” Harlan coach Tara Posey said. “This team has come leaps and bounds this season, and I feel like we can make waves in the regional tournament as long as we keep our focus through district. We are the No. 1 seed coming in, but records mean nothing at this time of the year. Monday night we are all back to 0-0.”

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Harlan broke a five-game losing streak by sweeping visiting Williamsburg in three sets – 25-21, 25-22 and 25-18 – on Oct. 5.

Haven Saylor had five aces to lead Harlan in the win over Williamsburg. AnnMarie Bianch and Taylor Simpson added three and two aces, respectively. Madison Middleton, Courtney Cozart and Ai-Yana Harriston contributed one ace each.

Saylor also led the Lady Dragons in assists with six. Simpson, Cozart and Middleton added three each. Bianchi had one.

The Lady Dragons fell to Knox Central 25-11, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-20 on Monday.

The 52nd District Tournament will open Monday at Bell County with top-seeded Harlan (15-19) playing Middlesboro (4-17) at 5:30 p.m. followed by Harlan County (14-6) taking on Bell County (4-16) at 7 p.m. The championship game is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. The top two teams advance to the 13th Region Tournament.