By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY – New Albany suffered its first loss of the 2017 season Thursday night at The Doghouse, falling to Heritage Hills 20-25, 26-24, 26-24, 23-25, 15-13. It was the Bulldogs’ home opener.
New Albany senior middle blocker Allyson Cathey led the Bulldog offense with 30 kills. The Western Kentucky recruit completed a double-double with 16 digs.
New Albany junior setter Kyla Weber distributed 54 assists and made eight digs. Teammate Riley Winslow spiked nine kills and had nine digs. Also for the Bulldogs (1-1), senior Shea Collett made 10 digs and delivered eight kills and sophomore Saylor Knoy had four service aces.
New Albany will host the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. The Bulldogs will face Hoosier Hills Conference rival Jennings County in the first match of three-team round robin. The Panthers will square off against Castle in the second match, followed by the Knights taking on New Albany in the final match.
The Bulldogs won their season opener Monday night at North Harrison 25-19, 25-23, 25-16.
HERITAGE HILLS 3, NEW ALBANY 2
Heritage Hills 20 26 26 23 15
New Albany 25 24 24 25 13
NEW ALBANY STATS
Allyson Cathey: 30 kills, 16 digs.
Riley Winslow: 9 kills, 9 digs, 3 aces.
Shea Collett: 10 digs, 8 kills, 3 aces.
Kyla Weber: 54 assists, 8 digs, 3 aces.Saylor Knoy: 4 aces.