• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Lady Jackets’ volleyball team finishes 4th at WCI

GEORGIA SUTTERLIN goes for a kill during the Woodford County High School volleyball team’s match against Boyle County on Saturday, Sept. 10, which was part of the Woodford County Invitational volleyball tournament. Woodford went on to win the match 2-0 and finish the tournament in fourth place. (Photo by Rick Capone)

The Woodford County High School volleyball team hosted its annual Woodford County Invitational in The Hive on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10, and took home fourth place out of the eight participating teams in the tournament. With the tournament complete, Woodford is now 10-9 overall, 3-3 in the region and undefeated – 2-0 – in the district. There were eight teams competing in the tournament this year: Woodford, Bardstown, Allen Central, Boyle County, Lexington Catholic, North Bullitt, Spencer County and Western Hills took up the challenge to play. Woodford opened play in the tournament on Friday night and defeated North Bullitt 2-0 (25-20, 25-17). The team resumed play on Saturday morning and scored another win, this time over Boyle County, 2-0 (25-18, 25-20). “The girls played as a unified team – unafraid to make mistakes and willing to do whatever it took to get the wins,” said Woodford head coach Meghan Bottom. “They came out with energy and showed a lot of composure.” Then in a tough matchup, Woodford lost to Lexington Catholic 2-0 (25-15, 25-14). Woodford closed out its weekend of play with two matches against Allen Central. Both matches were hard-fought contests, but Allen Central squeaked by to win both. In the first match, Allen Central won 2-1 (18-25, 25-15, 15-10). Then they turned around and won the second match 2-1 (25-22, 21-25, 15-12). “Allen Central is a very solid team,” said Bottom. “They always hustle and usually are able to outwork their opponents. My girls came out with a lot of determination and matched their level of intensity. Unfortunately, a few mistakes at key times made the difference in both matches.” Lexington Catholic was the eventual winner of the tournament, as they defeated Bardstown 2-0 (25-12, 25-15) in the championship match. Bardstown finished second, Allen Central was third and Woodford was fourth. Rounding out the placements, North Bullitt was fifth, Western Hills was sixth, Spencer County was seventh and Boyle County was eighth. With the tournament complete, Bottom believes her team is heading in the right direction and playing some very good volleyball. However, there is still work to be done to get ready for the postseason. “We are still working out a few kinks in our play, but overall, our team is playing more aggressive and confident,” she said. “The girls are maintaining their composure in close situations which is a sign of a maturing team.”

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