• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Volleyball goes 1-1 for the week

LAUREN SMILEY chases down a ball in the third set against Madison Central on Tuesday night. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School Lady Jackets beat Lexington Christian Academy 3-1 (23-25,25-22,25-22,25-23) on Thursday, Sept. 21. The Jackets were able to bounce back from a first set loss and win the match on the road. "We were inconsistent tonight but we were able to pull it together and get the win," said coach Meghan Bottom. "We still need to work on our energy that will allow us to make plays and be aggressive when the games are close." The Jackets are a young talented team that will look for a blend of skilled senior leadership from Lauren Smiley and Alex Gililland and rely on the energy that freshmen Piper McCoun and Claire Lehmkuhler bring to the floor. "The younger kids are coming along well but they need to become more consistent and aggressive," said Bottom. "We are looking forward to hosting the district tournament and hopefully winning the title." On Tuesday night, the Jackets were shut out by Madison Central 3-0 at home. The Jackets scrambled all night to come up with the energy to stay in the games but the Lady Indians made the plays to win the match. The Lady Indians were relentless in their pursuit of the ball and dove to the ground dozens of times to get to the ball. "We made mental mistakes and lacked the energy needed to win," said Bottom. "We had six people that just went through the motions tonight and it did not matter what six I put on the floor. I hope they learned a lesson tonight that you can't just show up and expect to win. Nobody will just give you a win because you are the home team. They need to learn that now and move forward."

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