• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets open volleyball season with win over Shelby Co

Fresh off a successful trip to the Bluegrass State Games, The Woodford County High School volleyball team opened its regular season with a 3-0 win at home over Shelby County Tuesday, Aug. 6. The Lady Jackets trailed early in the first set but cruised the rest of the match.

“I think we played well together tonight, but we still need to work on our communication,” said WCHS sophomore Riley Dawkins. “I think we gained some confidence at the state games, and that helped us be successful, but we know we have more work to do.

Shelby County took a 17-13 lead in the first set to force WCHS Coach Meghan Bottom to call the first time out of the match. The Lady Jackets struggled with controlling their serve, sending numerous serves in a row out of bounds. Trailing 22-17, the Lady Jackets rallied back for a 25-22 first set victory. The Woodford surge was led by Riley Dawkins, who rattled off six service points in a row.

“I think we hit a mental block in the first set with serving the ball, but we talked about it and were able to settle down and rally back. If this team is capable of picking itself up and getting back in the game, then we should have a great time this year,” said Dawkins.

The Lady Jackets won the second set 25-12 and cruised to victory rallying off eight service points in a row.

The third set was delayed a few moments due to a leaky roof making the visitor's side of the court wet. Woodford's game grew more aggressive as the final set unfolded, winning many points at the net. The Lady Jackets held on for a 25-20 win to clinch the match. “There is a lot of good energy from our team,” said WCHS sophomore Hope Baker. “The girls want to get better. They like to be together. And we are such a young team. We still have growing as a team, especially early in the season but I like the vibe we have, and I hope we can continue to work hard.” The Lady Jackets host Spencer County Thursday, Aug. 9.

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