The Barbourville Tiger volleyball team took back to the hardwood on Monday and Tuesday nights posting a 1-1 record. The Tigers (2-6) defeated the Middlesboro Yellowjackets (2-10) on Monday night but fell to the Bell County Bobcats (3-7) at home. Barbourville Head Coach Kim Smith said, “I am very pleased with the amount of improvement my team has made. We are working on the finer points of the game in practice more now. The girls’ skill levels continue to grow day by day and I am looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The Tigers came out sluggish in the Bell County match, allowing the Bobcats to jump out to an early 6-1 lead. Coach Smith said that her team seemed tired after a five set match the night before against Middlesboro. In the second set Barbourville got their second wind behind the hot serve of Senior Madison Mills who put up the first four points of the set. Bell County clawed back to an 8-8 tie before Haley Smith took serve with seven straight points behind blocks by Hannah Al-Darraji and Jehan Abuzour to take an 18-11 lead. However, Bell would not be denied the set as Bobcat Outside Hitter Katie Jarvis took control of the match scoring four service points and two spikes to propel Bell to the 25-23 set win.
The Tigers could not gain any traction in the third set (25-17) and gave up the match 3-0. The Tigers will be back in action Sep. 11 when cross town rival Knox Central steps in the gym for a conference match.