Lincoln County High School’s Lady Falcon volleyball team wrapped up District 8-AAA tournament action, defeating Coffee County, 3-1, in the championship game.
The ladies finished 2018 district play undefeated at 10-0.
The win gives fifth-year coach Sarah Grace Byrd her first district title and home floor advantage in region tournament play Tuesday. In the first round, the Lady Falcons meet Stewart’s Creek at 4 p.m., and Coffee County takes on Siegel at 5:30 p.m., with the winners advancing to the championship game starting at 7 p.m.
In last week’s single-elimination district tournament action at Shelbyville, the ladies advanced with a first round 3-0 win over the Lady Golden Eagles with scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-10.
Coffee County advanced to the championship game with a 3-0 win over Columbia in the semifinals.
In the title match-up, the Lady Red Raiders took the first game, 16-25, but the Lady Falcons battled back with three wins, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-23.
“Definitely pretty sweet,” Coach Byrd said of the win. “I’m very proud of our players. They’ve worked together since day one in the gym, even when we were conditioning and strength training. They undoubtedly love the game, encourage each other and play as a team - that’s what it’s all about.
“It’s amazing to see the growth of volleyball in our county,” she continued. “I can’t say enough about how important it is for our players to have the opportunity to play at their middle schools. Given the chance to learn and enjoy volleyball at a young age is vital to the success at the high school level – our feeder programs are the foundation, and those coaches do a great job encouraging their teams.”