Madison’s volleyball team went 5-0 in the Queen of the Courts volleyball tourney on Friday and Saturday at Central Hardin High School in Cecelia, Ky. to win the Gold Division. The team includes, from left to right, sitting — assistant coach Dennis Kilgore and Angel Koontz; kneeling — Ally Reese, Paige Young, Kingsley Hanson, Gracie True and Hallee Hamilton; back row — head coach Jeff Lawson, Jade Nutley, Ainsly Liter, Addy Hill, Hope Miller, Hannah Imel, Madelyn Thomas, Kelsey Preocanin and assistant coach Tim Whitaker. (Submitted photo)
Madison’s volleyball team went 5-0 in the Queen of the Courts volleyball tourney on Friday and Saturday at Central Hardin High School in Cecelia, Ky. to win the Gold Division. The team includes, from left to right, sitting — assistant coach Dennis Kilgore and Angel Koontz; kneeling — Ally Reese, Paige Young, Kingsley Hanson, Gracie True and Hallee Hamilton; back row — head coach Jeff Lawson, Jade Nutley, Ainsly Liter, Addy Hill, Hope Miller, Hannah Imel, Madelyn Thomas, Kelsey Preocanin and assistant coach Tim Whitaker. (Submitted photo)
Madison volleyball seniors Kingsley Hanson and Hannah Imel were nominated for homecoming queen but when Friday’s homecoming football game conflicted with the volleyball team’s play in the “Queen of the Courts” tournament in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, the two seniors had no trouble deciding which crown they would pursue.

Hanson and Imel were committed to not let their teammates down and missed Friday’s homecoming festivities to join the volleyball team and it couldn’t have made for a more perfect ending.

Madison swept through pool play on Friday and all five of its matches overall at Central Hardin High School to reign as Queens of the Courts when the event ended on Saturday.

Madison opened the tournament on Friday night by defeating John Hardin 25-15, 25-16 and Boone County 25-11, 25-18 to win their pool.

The Cubs then advanced to one of the two gold pools on Saturday at Central Hardin and continued their hot streak in a come from behind win over Henderson County 22-25, 25-21, 15-8 and tournament favorite Central Hardin 14-25, 27-25, 17-16.

After winning those two hard fought victories, they advanced to the Gold Pool Championship and faced Lakota West (Ohio) who had won the other gold pool. Lakota West went into the match as the favorite, but the Cubs rallied once again for a 22-25, 25-23, 18-16 win.

It was the first time the Cubs have won the Gold Division at the tournament.

“(Hanson and Imel’s) commitment did not go unnoticed and they were surprised with tiaras and roses during Saturday’s downtime,” said Madison assistant coach Dennis Kilgore. “Madison is lucky to have this group of girls representing the community.”

For the tournament, Ainsly Liter served 45 for 46 with two aces, 54 kills, seven blocks, and 15 digs, Hanson was 42 for 50 serving with four aces and 23 digs and two assists, Madelyn Thomas was 46 for 56 serving with six aces, 30 kills, 13 blocks and 11 digs, Imel served 41 for 52 with three aces, 24 digs, 10 blocks, 10 kills and four assists, Addy Hill was 32 for 34 serving with 20 kills, 20 digs, nine blocks and an assist, Kelsey Preocanin served 26 for 32 with 120 assists, 11 blocks and nine digs and Angel Koontz finished with 21 blocks and 19 kills while Hope Miller added four kills.

Southwestern also played in the Queen of the Courts, falling to Central Hardin 25-8, 25-5 and Bullitt East in pool play before losing to Meade County 25-15, 25-12 on Saturday.

The Cubs visit Trinity Lutheran at 7 p.m. today.



Other Games ...

Carroll County defeated Williamstown 25-20, 25-0 in the opening round of the All “A” Classic Eighth Region Volleyball Tournament Saturday but then lost to Eminence in the semifinals before the Warriorettes fell to Walton-Verona in the championship.

Walton had defeated Trimble County 25-8, 25-9 in its opening round game.

Carroll County seniors Abigail Aulbach and Abby Evans were named to the all-tourney team.