Lady Marshals advance to 4th District Championship

Annie Beard (19) and Neely Northcott (24) attempt a block on Murray’s Rachel Kjellberg (9) in Monday’s three set 4th District Tournament semi-final win.

In the first semi-final of the 4th District Tournament, #1 seed Marshall County played #4 Murray. The Lady Marshals won 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-20) to advance to Tuesday’s championship game against Christian Fellowship, a 3-1 (25- 19, 23-25, 25-11, 25-18) winner over Calloway County in the second semi-final.

After trailing 5-3 in the opening set, the Lady Marshals tied the game at 6-6, then took the lead and held it in the first set 25-16 win.

Halle Langhi, who led in kills with 18 in the match, opened set two with a kill. The Lady Marshals went up 11-4 on a kill from Maddie Irvan and stretched the lead to 10 points at 17-7. Langhi closed out the second set the way she opened it, with a kill for the 25-13 win.

A string of kills by Langhi fueled an 8-3 lead in set three. Murray closed to within two points at 10-8 but the Lady Marshals stretched it back out on a kill from Langhi and three straight serves that drew points from Alyssa McClain, who had five aces in the match, to lead 18-11.

Murray closed the gap again to three points at 21-18 before Ashley Bremmerkamp served for points 23 and 24 and a Murray net serve closed out the third set 25-20 and 3-0 win for Marshall County.

Behind Langhi’s 18 kills, adding to their total of 31, Irvan had five, Neely Northcott three, Sarah Bremmerkamp two and one each from McClain, Tori Shaw and Laney Evans. Northcott and McClain had two blocks each and Annie Beard finished with 21 assists. Ashley Bremmerkamp led in digs with 14 followed by 10 a piece from Irvan and Sarah Bremmerkamp.

Before the Lady Marshals win in last year’s 4th District Championship over Calloway County, Marshall County and CFS  had met in the title game five consecutive years from 2015 to 2019. CFS won four of those five and the Lady Marshals win came in 2016.

The championship game between the Lady Marshals (19-5) and Lady Eagles (21-13) begins at 6:00 at Murray High. Both teams will advance to the Region 1 Tournament.

Halle Langhi with one of her team-leading 18 kills in the Lady Marshals win over Murray that send them to the title game on Tuesday.
Ashley Bremmerkamp, picking up one of her 14 digs against Murray in Monday’s semi-final win.