Floyd Central headed back to Thoroughbred Smash

Floyd Central’s Allyson Stumbo goes up for a kill in action last season. The Lady Jaguars will compete in the Thoroughbred Smash late in the regular season. Darlene Moore will take over as Floyd Central head coach this season.

EASTERN — For the second time in three years, Floyd Central will compete in a late-season prep volleyball event at Lafayette High School in Lexington. The Lady Jaguars are slated to compete in the Lafayette-hosted Thoroughbred Smash September 27-28.

Along with Floyd Central and host Lafayette, teams due to compete in the Thoroughbred Smash are Pikeville, Woodford County, Meade County, Taylor County, Rowan County and John Hardin.

Darlene Moore is preparing to guide Floyd Central in her first season as the Lady Jaguars’ head coach. Floyd Central opened preseason practice at the conclusion of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Dead Period earlier in the month.

Moore was introduced as the new head coach of the Lady Jaguars in early-June, replacing Alissa Young. In her lone season on the Floyd Central bench, Young guided the Lady Jaguars to a 58th District title and a 15th Region runner-up finish.

“I want to build our program on the premise that we will be the best high school volleyball program in the state,” Moore said, shortly after being announced as Floyd Central head coach. “No, I do not expect to win the state championship next year or every year from now on. It does mean that this program will provide a tremendous opportunity for each athlete to develop as a player, grow as an individual and experience the best athletic environment possible. My vision for Floyd Central Volleyball is to move to the elite level. Our players must have this vision in mind in everything they do.”

Floyd Central is scheduled to open the 2019 high school volleyball season in August. The Lady Jaguars have regular-season matches on tap against Letcher Central, Martin County, Betsy Layne, Lawrence County, Pike  Central, Prestonsburg and Wolfe County, among others.

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