The Licking Heights High School girls volleyball team vows to get back to work and not let a possible league championship slip away.

The Licking Heights High School girls volleyball team vows to get back to work and not let a possible league championship slip away.

The Hornets experienced defeat in the MSL-Cardinal Division for the first time this season on Sept. 27 when they fell to Harvest Prep 25-15, 25-11, 25-19. The Hornets and Warriors were both 7-1 in league play following the match, with Fisher Catholic at 6-2.

Licking Heights played Grandview in a league match Sept. 29.

"We had a good practice on (Sept. 28), but we still don't know how or why this happened," coach Amanda Mosely said. "We just talked about not slacking off or letting up the rest of the way."

The Hornets rebounded to beat Grandview 25-14, 25-17, 25-13 on Sept. 29 and remain tied with Harvest Prep atop the league standings at 8-1.

Licking Heights plays three league matches this week - at Liberty Union on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at West Jefferson on Thursday, Oct. 6, and at home against Berne Union on Saturday, Oct. 8.

In the first round of league play, Licking Heights beat Liberty Union 27-25, 25-21, 25-17 on Sept. 8, defeated West Jefferson 25-14, 25-18, 25-18 on Sept. 13 and beat Berne Union 25-20, 25-13, 25-10 on Sept. 15.

"We've got to keep the pressure on and keep working hard to improve," Mosely said. "Everyone we play has improved since the first time we've played them, so just because we beat them once doesn't mean we'll beat them again unless we stay sharp and play to our ability."

All the Hornets have to do is compare the two matches against Harvest Prep. Licking Heights won at home 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 12-25, 15-8 on Sept. 1.

"At their place, they were moving their offense around very well," Mosely said. "We made some adjustments, and whether or not they were too late, they countered that by hitting from other spots. They were ready for us and played extremely well and we didn't play our best."

Since the first match against Harvest Prep, the Hornets had been on a roll. While Mosely has been pleased with the play of the team overall, she has been impressed with the development of Jemiah Powell and Katie Kenney.

"Jemiah was on the j.v. last year and her maturity has started to come along real fast now," Mosley said. "I think the team bonded with her and that has made her more comfortable and much more confident. She really had a great match against Fisher Catholic (23-25, 25-21, 25-13, 24-26, 15-9 win Sept. 22) when we needed it."

Kenney was forced to make an adjustment after Mosely switched her from the right to the left side.

"I really wanted her on the right side, but after awhile it became clear that we needed her on the left side, which is a tough spot for a left-handed hitter to play," Mosely said. "She struggled to get comfortable early, but she's coming on stronger now and stepping it up. I had people comment to me about how impressed they were with her against Harvest Prep."

•The boys soccer team moved over .500 with a 2-1 win over Fisher Catholic on Sept. 29.

The Hornets, who improved to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the MSL-Cardinal, led 2-0 at halftime. Ali Farah scored off an assist from Tefu Reda before Denis Kaili scored on a header off a corner kick from Zac Phillips.

"We played just a terrific first half," coach Missy Evans said. "We had great possession and we played the ball to the feet. It was probably the best half we've played this season. The second half wasn't quite as good, but we were focusing on defense and trying to shut down their best player, Jordan Shonk. We did shut him out and Zach Pascoe made two just unbelievable saves in net for us. It was a great win."

Licking Heights, which did not win a league game last season, finds itself in a battle for second place behind league-leading Grandview.

The Hornets, who played a makeup with East Knox on Oct. 1 because the Licking Heights field was unplayable Sept. 27, have a non-league home game Monday, Oct. 3, against Walnut Ridge before returning to league play Thursday, Oct. 6, as host to Harvest Prep.