• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Lady Jackets’ volleyball finishes runner-up at tournament

CLAIRE LEHMKUHLER attempts a kill in the championship game of the Woodford County Invitational tournament. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School Lady Jackets volleyball team had a busy week on the court. The Jackets finished runner-up to Lexington Catholic in the Woodford County Invitational tournament. To reach the final, the Lady Jackets ran a gauntlet of opponents over two days. The Jackets defeated Ludlow 2-0 (25-18, 25-15) and then defeated North Bullitt 2-0 (25-17, 25-14) to finish off their Friday Night. “We played well this weekend,” said junior Anna Holt. “There has been so much growth on this team since our first game this season. We have beaten teams that we could not have beaten last season, and we feel good about it. Our win over Western Hills earlier in the season was a big moment for us. Being able to beat a district opponent the way we did was huge for our confidence.” On Saturday morning, the Jackets beat Larue County 2-1 (25-20, 19-25, 17-15) and then were able to defeat Marion County handily 2-0 (25-12, 25-17) to advance to the finals. “I think we did great this weekend,” said sophomore Karigan Smith. “We went undefeated in pool play which was a big goal for us. We are coming together as a team and starting to realize some potential. We are a young team with only two seniors, so we have growing up to do and we are trying to grow as fast as we can. We had a lock-in for a team bonding experience and got to know one another so much better, and that has helped us a great deal.” The finals matchup with Lexington Catholic was a back-and-forth battle for much of the first two sets. In the third set, the Lady Knights caught fire and started on a 7-0 run. After three straight service points by Piper McCoun gave Woodford some momentum, the Lady Knights executed some key digs and kills at the net to finish off the Jackets 15-5 in the third set. Lexington Catholic won 2-1 (25-10, 17-25, 15-5). “This was a successful weekend,” said Coach Meghan Bottom. “With four wins in our home tournament is great. We are showing that we have a lot more fight than we did earlier in the season and that is what I have been looking for. “Having a varsity tournament on the weekend is helping the girls to stay focused on improving throughout the week,” said Bottom. “Each of our matches this week was an opportunity to improve a little bit more before our Woodford County Invitational. The younger players are beginning to take leadership roles on the team. They realize they are every bit as important to the varsity team as the older players which has helped tremendously with their performance in practices and matches.” The Jackets opened the week on Sept. 6 by winning their match against George Rogers Clark 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-17). In the second match of the week, the Jackets fell to Bryan Station 1-3 (16-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20).

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