HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Paintsville rallies to win All ‘A’ State title

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Match point!

Paintsville won a tight second set, coming two points down and one point from elimination, to force a deciding third set against Covington Holy Cross, and the Lady Tigers carried the momentum to the first-ever volleyball State All “A” Classic of the program. championship at McBrayer Arena in Richmond on Saturday.

The Lady Tigers, now 24-2, won five games without dropping a set before beating Holy Cross, 2-1. They became only the second state school to win the championship, joining Caldwell County in 2010.

The pool wins came in Wolfe County and Williamsburg Friday night, and the presentation Saturday morning. Paintsville then defeated Bethlehem in the quarter-finals and Community Christian of Paducah in the semi-finals to set up the title match.

Here is a recap:

Paintville……2

Holy Cross……1

Blair Ratliff had 14 kills, seven blocks, including four solo, and four digs in 17-25, 26-24 and 25-18 wins.

Bella Blackburn finished with 30 assists, 10 digs and three aces while Kylie Kinner and Hailey Little finished with seven kills each.

Kara Ward finished with four kills and 14 digs, along with Kynzi Slone.

Paintsville…….,…2

Paducah CC…0

Hailey Little had 13 kills and two blocks in the 25-17 and 25-13 sweeps.

Kara Ward finished with five kills and 11 digs while Bella Blackburn added 24 assists and four digs. Blair Ratliff had six kills, two blocks and four digs. Kinzie Slone had eight digs.

Paintville……2

Bethlehem……0

Kara Ward finished with five kills, one block and eight digs in the 25-19 and 25-21 wins.

Bella Blackburn has 18 assists and five digs while Blair Ratliff has added eight. Kat Baldwin had four digs and four service aces.

Paintville……2

Presentation…0

Kara Ward had six kills, 14 digs and two aces in the 25-11 and 25-12 wins.

Blair Ratliff added five kills, three blocks and three service aces. Hailey Little finished with seven kills and two blocks.

Kylie Kinner had five kills and two blocks while Bella Blackburn had 14 assists.

Paintsville………2

Williamsburg….0

Kara Ward had nine kills and five digs in the 25-10 and 25-6 wins.

Blair Ratliff followed with eight kills and four service aces. Hailey Little had seven kills, four digs and three aces.

Bella Blackburn finished with 22 assists and two digs.

Paintsville………2

Wolfe County….0

Hailey Little had 10 kills and three digs in the 25-10 and 25-18 wins.

Kylie Kinner finished with nine kills and Kynzi Slone added three assists and eight digs. Bella Blackburn had 21 assists, three digs and two aces.

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