• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets win district showdown at Western Hills

The Woodford County High School volleyball team opened district play with a 3-1 over Western Hills Thursday, Aug. 16. The scrappy play of the Lady Jackets — diving to loose balls and keeping plays alive led them to the win.

"This group of girls just wants to win," said WCHS Coach Meghan Bottom. "They want to win every point and will fight and claw to achieve that. It's fun to watch them make decisions to dive to the floor to win a point. They are playing for each other out there and I am ecstatic about that enthusiasm."

In the first set, the Lady Jackets had a 22-15 lead before the Lady Wolverines came back to tie the game, 25-25. The Lady Jackets were terrific at the net on the final two points punctuated by WCHS sophomore Piper McCoun and junior Laura Crutchfield, and won 27-25.

The second set was a slugfest. Many points were won at the net before the Lady Wolverines took control late in the set to win 25-21. In the third set, the Lady Jackets were relentless getting to the ball and keeping plays alive. Their aggressive play forced the Lady Wolverines into a pair of timeouts before Woodford won the set, 25-16.

"We don't like to see the ball hit the floor," said WCHS senior Sarah Karbach. "We will dive, we will chase the ball down. That is who this team is,.We want to win."

The fourth set featured many long rallies and momentum swings. Woodford rallied late to win the set, 25-22. "Winning this game was important to us because we know that Western Hills won't be in our district next year," said Karbach. "They are a big rival for us and to come in here and win on their floor was something we wanted to happen. We have fun playing this game together and we are close off the court as well, and that helps us stay connected and be better together."

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