• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

WCHS volleyball dominates Frankfort on senior night

ANNA HOLT performs a bump pass in the Jackets 3-0 win over Frankfort High School. (Photo by Bill Caine)

VOLLEYBALL SENIOR NIGHT was held Oct. 4 in "The Hive" as the Lady Jackets defeated Frankfort 3-0. Senior Lauren Smiley was honored with her family before the game. From left are Will Smiley, Darlene Smiley, Lauren Smiley and Jeff Smiley. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School Lady Jackets volleyball team was dominant in its win over Frankfort on senior night Wednesday, Oct. 4. The Jackets won 3-0 (25-4, 25-3, 25-3) in a match that took just 40 minutes to play the three sets. The win moved the Jackets to 5-0 in district play. The Jackets held a pregame ceremony honoring senior Lauren Smiley. "She's a very positive role model on and off the court," said Coach Meghan Bottom. "She's very supportive of her teammates and she is incredibly explosive at the net. Lauren also is the first one to celebrate when a teammate has success. I honestly cannot say enough positive words about her." Also honored was first-year team manager Boo Hysell. "She came in this season to be team manager and usually I am a little hesitant on that idea, but I'd take Boo any day of the week," said Bottom. "She has been a fantastic addition to this team." "Being the team manager means that I tag along to games with the team and Coach Bottom has me set up the camera and keep up the stats on the bench," said Hysell. "I really enjoy it and I've learned so much about the game of volleyball that I did not know coming into this season. We have a great group of girls and I did not know many of them before this season, so getting to know them has been great. It's been a great experience for me to be team manager." The first set was a combination of winning serve points and completely overwhelming Frankfort at the net. The Jackets overpowered the Lady Panthers and cruised to a quick first set win. "We are finally at the point where we can see the team meshing well on the court," said Bottom. "We have a few games left on the schedule and none of them are easy matchups. Three road games before we host districts, but I am excited. The girls seem to be trusting each other more and have allowed themselves to play loose and relax." In the second set, freshman Hope Baker served the first 11 points and the Jackets were once again rolling along. The Jackets cruised in the next two sets to win the match. After hitting a rough patch a week ago, the Lady Jackets have shut out their last two opponents and appear ready to make a postseason run. "Last season we had six seniors, so this year felt so much different on senior night with just Boo and I," said senior Lauren Smiley. "The team has really come together recently and I am feeling good about where we stand as a group and looking forward to hosting the tournaments at home. It's been a learning experience because you normally have so many upperclassmen, but in our case, we are such a young team that it can take time to work things out but I feel like we are ready for something big. " The next night, the Jackets travelled to Western Hills for another district showdown. The Lady Jackets were scrappy and came away with the 3-0 win (25-21, 26-24, 25-21). The Jackets have had a reversal of fortune in the past couple of weeks after being shut out in back-to-back home matches. Woodford has found itself on the winning end of a pair of shut outs. The win moves Woodford to 6-0 in the district and in sixth place overall in the region.

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