Lady Tigers end 60-match losing streak with win at HC

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Kim Henson

Harlan County’s Lindsey Browning and Barbourville’s April Roark battled at the net in the season-opening match at HCHS. Barbourville broke a 60-match losing streak with a five-set victory.

After three straight winless seasons, building a losing streak of 60 matches dating back to the 2016 season, the Barbourville Lady Tigers opened the 2020 campaign with a five-set win Tuesday at Harlan County.
Barbourville fell 25-22 in the first set, then won 25-15 in the second. The Lady Bears took a 2-1 lead with a 26-24 win in the third set before Barbourville bounced back to win 25-22 in the fourth set. Barbourville claimed the victory with a 15-10 win in the fifth and final set.
Alexis Woolum led Barbourville with 11 service aces. Woolum was also first in digs with 21, assists with 16 and kills with 16. Sydney Jones had nine service aces. Tessa Hillard was second in digs with 12. April Roark had seven assists and nine kills.
Lindsey Browning and Gracie Ewing each had five service aces for HCHS. Brenna Early added two. Lily Caballero led in kills with four. Ewing and Browning had two each.
Barbourville returns to action Tuesday at Bell County. HCHS plays at Pineville on Tuesday.