The Franklin County Rebelettes beat the Shelbyville Central Golden Eaglettes in four sets at home Tuesday in a first-round game for their district tournament.
The Rebelettes eked out a win in the first set before claiming strong wins in the third and fourth frames to advance in the bracket and keep their season alive.
Franklin County head volleyball coach Alveda Gaines said the win was a good for her players after being eliminated by Shelbyville in the exact same situation in 2018.
“We got beat by this exact same team at this point last year, but we didn’t do that this year. We fought through and we actually won,” Gaines said. “That’s a good thing for us.”
The first set would be the most dramatic of the day with both teams having multiple set points as the score on both sides rose well above 25. The Rebelettes finally picked up the win in the frame by a score of 31-29 to take an early lead.
Gaines said that this would be the pivotal set of the day as it gave her team the confidence and the motivation to outlast Shelbyville for the match.
The Golden Eaglettes put together their strongest set of the day in the second frame as they limited what the Rebelettes were able to do. The Rebelettes lost the second set by a score of 25-15 to even the match at 1-1.
The Rebelettes turned the tables in the third set as they went on the offensive and were able to pick up a convincing 25-18 victory to retake the lead at 2-1.
The Golden Eaglettes kept the score close throughout the fourth set, but the Rebelettes remained a few points ahead for the entire frame before picking up a 25-19 win to clinch the match.
With the win, the Rebelettes improved to 8-24 on the season.
They will next play Thursday at Coffee County Central High School in a semifinal match for their district tournament. The match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.