LOG MOUNTAIN — The Bell County Lady Cats were plagued by an inconsistent service game Thursday night as they dropped a 25-18, 25-10 decision to visiting North Laurel.
The Lady Cats made an uncharacteristic 12 service errors in the match, including seven that kept them from establishing momentum in a tight first set.
Senior Sydney Gray, who had a match-high five kills, got Bell off to a good start with a bump kill for a 2-1 lead and Danielle Parks followed with a service point. Ashley Wyatt, the Lady Jag leader with four kills on the night, had a pair of early kills to tie the score at four.
Another kill from Gray was followed by a strong serve from Courtney Cinnamon that eventually led to a hit out by North Laurel as Bell’s lead was back to 6-4. But three of the Lady Cat’s next four serves either went out of bounds or into the net and the Lady Jags started to take control of the match.
A kill from Lindsey Rice tied the score at seven and Brooke Carpenter provided consecutive service points for a 9-7 North lead.
Bell’s Kaylynn Gibson spiked the ball out off a North player and a Katie Jarvis service point again tied the match. But a serve into the net gave the Lady Jags the lead for good. North’s Daylen Gilbert ripped off three straight service points, including another kill from Wyatt that put them up 13-9.
A kill from Jarvis got Bell as close as 16-13, but the Lady Cats were never able to string points together and North went on to take the set 25-18.
Set number two saw the Lady Cats again start off well as Gray delivered a kill and Cinnamon served up an ace to tie the score at four. Miranda Browning’s kill put North up 5-4 and Jada Imhoff then reeled off seven straight service points, including an ace and another kill from Browning as North Laurel surged to a 12-4 lead.
Kaitlyn Dean, Danielle Parks and Gray had kills for Bell but the Lady Cats again failed to get their serves in and North’s lead went to 21-9.
It was 23-10 when North’s Kelsey Hacker came on to serve out the match. T.J. Stuber had a kill and then the Lady Cats hit the ball out on match point.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as North Laurel (13-12) plays at Whitley County and Bell County (5-16) hosts Middlesboro.