• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Lady Jackets struggle to find consistency

The Woodford County High School Lady Jackets' volleyball team has struggled in the last week, losing a pair of matches 3-0, and Coach Meghan Bottom is searching for the right mix of players on the court to get the team back on track. "While losing is painful, it is a necessary component of learning," said Bottom. "Losing presents a unique opportunity to grow individually and as a team. Each loss is different and teaches you different lessons. In last Tuesday's loss to Madison Central, we learned the importance of energy and focus. A night later against Lexington Catholic, we learned the importance of playing with intensity from the first point to the last and to play big even when we are the smaller team on the court." The Lady Jackets bounced back on Tuesday, Oct. 3, with a 3-0 (25-7,25-18, 25-12) win in district play on the road against rival Franklin County. Woodford enters its last two weeks of regular season play before hosting the district tournament in its home gym, and if the Lady Jackets advance, they will also play on their home court in regionals. "Consistent energy, running an aggressive but smart offense, and playing more active defensively," said Bottom when asked about skills needed to make a run in the postseason. As the postseason draws nearer, the veteran leadership of the Lady Jackets will play a large role in how the team handles the pressure of hosting the district tournament. "Lauren Smiley is doing a very good job making big plays when the team needs her to the most, especially in the area of blocking," said Bottom.

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