The Caldwell County High School volleyball team shut out visiting Hopkinsville Thursday in the first CCHS match of the 2020 season.
Caldwell County swept HHS 25-11, 25-7, 25-12 in the designated Senior Night for the team, honoring seniors Abby Griggs, Olivia Mitchell, Kendyll Prowell and Riley Thomas.
In the first set of the match, Hopkinsville (0-2) took a quick 2-1 lead before Caldwell County ran off six straight points to go ahead 7-2. Leading 16-10, Caldwell County scored the next eight points to get to set point before Hopkinsville regained the serve with a sideout. CCHS won the next points to take the first set 25-11.
In the second set, Caldwell County scored the first seven points and never looked back, scoring 10 straight points to go from an 8-3 lead to an 18-3 lead en route to the 25-7 Set 2 win.
Hopkinsville played tough in the third set, getting to a 3-3 tie, but CCHS scored 10 of the next 12 points to take a 13-5 lead on the way to a 25-12 set win.
Mitchell pounded away at the Hopkinsville defense, scoring a match-high 17 kills. Griggs had 12 kills for Caldwell County, while Mary Tays had three, Savannah Scott had two and Prowell had one.
The CCHS serving game was on target throughout the match, as Griggs served up seven aces, Adi Sullenger had four and Prowell, Thomas and Tays had one ace apiece.
Thomas led the CCHS defense, repelling a team-high nine digs. Tays had four digs, Sullenger had three, Mitchell had two and Griggs had one.
Prowell had a match-high 34 assists for Caldwell County, while Sullenger had one. Griggs had two blocks at the net, while Mitchell had one.
CCHS head coach Daniel Cortner said his team was waiting to get the first win of the 2020 since last March.
“You can’t simulate game speed, game style and things like that,” he said. “Hopkinsville has got a lot of replacements — they had a big graduation (HHS lost eight seniors from last year’s team) — so, to come in and get on top of them — that was their second match of the year.
“I was really impressed with our spread, using multiple hitters at multiple locations, and I thought we won the match with our aggressive service tonight.”
Cortner said that the team’s defense will be its mainstay this season, praising senior libero Riley Thomas.
“That’s arguably the best libero in the region and one of the best liberos for two or three regions,” he said. “Having her back and healthy this year is a plus, and all of the growth that everybody had last year on defense.”
CCHS hosts McCracken County and Christian County today at 10 a.m. The Tigers will visit District 7 rival Madisonville-North Hopkins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and travel to Henderson County for a 6 p.m. match on Thursday.