• Bill Caine, Woodford Sports Sun Editor

WCHS volleyball team starts season 2-0

WCHS JUNIOR EVELYN MILBURN bumps a ball in the first set of the Lady Jackets’ win over Spencer County Aug. 9. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School volleyball team defeated Spencer County 3-1 at home Thursday, Aug. 9. The Lady Jackets dropped the opening set after holding the lead late in the set. Spencer County rallied for the final six points to win 25-22.

“To be honest, all I did after the first set was change up the lineups so they were a bit different and the girls seemed to have fun with it, said WCHS Coach Meghan Bottom. “Taking them out of their comfort zone seemed to work. It forced them into different situations, and they rallied around the changes. It's fun to watch.” In the second set, the Lady Jackets jumped out to a 17-10 lead and forced a Spencer County timeout. The Lady Bears rallied back into the set, but Woodford held on for a 25-22 win. “After the first set, we knew that our game had to be better,” said Laura Crutchfield. “Once we started to clean up the mental errors, the game started to slow down for us and could see the shots unfolding for us. It's nice to start the season with a pair of home wins and build momentum.” The Lady Jackets crushed Spencer County in the third set, 25-8. Woodford was relentless getting to the ball in the set. Their scrappy play frustrated the Lady Bears into calling a pair of timeouts in the set. WCHS sophomore Hope Baker served the final five points of the set. In the final set, the Lady Jackets cruised to a 25-15 win.

“We tend to play safe shots sometimes, and that doesn't allow us to play freely,” said WCHS senior Anna Holt. “Once we got past playing safe balls and relaxed a bit we were able to control the match better. Many of us have been playing together since middle school, so we trust each other and know where we want to be.”

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