Kennett's Jenny Lockhert, Logan Vaughan, Amy Johnson and Kenna Hounihan look on as Chyann Coffer slides to make a pass. [Order this photo]
DEXTER, Mo. - The Kennett Lady Indians volleyball team moved one step closer to its first district title since 2005 Monday night when it beat Doniphan 25-20, 25-11, in a quarterfinal contest in the Class 3, District 1, tournament at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter, Mo.
"It was one of our better games of the season," Kennett coach Kristy Green said of the district opener against Doniphan. "I've told them all season 'we want to be our best at this point.' We've put a combination of girls from the varsity and junior varsity teams together for this tournament. We've really worked on a number of different things to prepare for Monday and the work paid off tonight. We definitely played as one tonight."
Fourth-seeded Kennett (14-11) will play top-seeded Notre Dame (30-2-1) Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in a Class 3, District 1, semifinal contest at the Bearcat Event Center. Notre Dame is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest Class 3 state volleyball rankings provided by the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association. The two teams did not play in the regular-season.
"We haven't seen them this year," Green said of Notre Dame. "I think they may be a little stronger this season than last season. I'm always pumped to play Notre Dame or any team ranked that high. It's always exciting. These girls are always ready and just lay it all on the floor. They have nothing to lose at this point. That's how we are approaching each game right now. We have nothing to lose."
Kennett revenged a regular-season three-set loss to Doniphan Monday night.
"We did have a couple of injuries the first time we played them," Green said. "I don't know if it had any bearing on the first match. It was a close three-set game the first time, but we played more clean tonight. We made fewer mistakes, were aggressive and pumped up.
"They've had a little bit of a break the last week," Green continued. "We've been practicing, but it hasn't been as push, push, push. They have pulled it all together and were able to dominate tonight's game against Doniphan like we should have dominated the game earlier in the season."
Kennett sophomore Jacky Lockhert calculated six of the Lady Indians' nine serving aces Monday. Chyann Coffer added two aces and Maci Greer tallied one.
"We've worked on being more consistent with our serves the last week," Green said. "It paid off tonight. We were able to serve well and not give away points. Our goal was not to give away points."
Kenna Hounihan had a team-high 14 assists for Kennett. Lara Abmeyer tallied 11 assists. Amy Johnson and Coffer had three digs each.
Third-seeded Dexter beat sixth-seeded New Madrid County Central 25-15, 25-6, in a Class 3, District 1, quarterfinal contest. Second-seeded Perryville beat No. 7 seeded Fredericktown 25-16, 25-15. Perryville (21-8) will play Dexter (21-8) at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the other Class 3, District 1, semifinal at Dexter. Perryville is 2-0 against Dexter this season.
The winner of the Kennett-Notre Dame contest will play the winner of the Dexter-Perryville contest for the Class 3, District 1, championship at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday. Perryville is the defending Class 3, District 1, champion.
Kennett's Jacky Lockhert backs up Jenny Lockhert as she makes a pass at the Bearcat Event Center Monday against Doniphan. [Order this photo]