• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS volleyball sweeps Western Hills

WCHS SENIOR ZOE HARPER attempts a block at the net during the Woodford County Invitational tournament Sept. 8. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School volleyball team hosted12 teams at its annual invitational tournament Sept. 7 and 8. The Lady Jackets lost its opening match to Scott County, 25-16, 25-21. The Lady Jackets got back on track with a 25-9, 25-22 win over Bardstown High School. Woodford lost to Rowan County 25-23, 23-25, 15-8 in a match that featured many long points. The Lady Jackets lost to North Bullit County, 25-15, 25-22, but rallied to defeat Anderson County, 25-21, 25-20. The Lady Jackets completed a regular season sweep over the Western Hills Lady Wolverines Wednesday, Sept. 5 with a 3-0 victory at the Hive. The Lady Jackets won at Western Hills earlier this year and are currently 4-0 in district play. The Lady Jackets continued their scrappy play on the court and were relentless in diving to every ball in play. "Nothing hurts worse than losing so I would rather bang up my body diving on the floor than to lose a match," said WCHS junior Evelyn Milburn. In the first set, the Lady Jackets jumped out to an 11-7 lead behind six straight service points by Milburn. Western Hills rallied back and tied the game 13-13, but the Lady Jackets were resilient and held off the surging Lady Wolverines. Woodford took the first set, 25-23. "This team plays hard for each other, and we all want to pitch in and make the next pass or layout for a ball," said Milburn. "We are a group that genuinely enjoys each other, and so when we get on the court, it shows in how hard we try and how hard we cheer for each other." In the second set, The Lady Jackets began to take control of the match with aggressive play at the net. WCHS sophomore Piper McCoun had a pair of big kills at the net to give Woodford a 15-13 lead and forced a Lady Wolverine timeout. After a Western Hills’ four-point rally, The Lady Jackets rallied and took the set, 25-22. "We always get up for a district game and tonight was no different," said McCoun. "We get in a huddle and dance to the music at the start of the game. There is a lot of smiling in our huddles this season, and I think it reflects on the type of team that we have. We take so much pride in diving on the floor, for running down a ball and getting kills at the net and we want to win every point, and it's something that we want to get even better at. In the third set, the Lady Jackets trailed 16-12, but after getting a side out on a kill by Georgia Sutterlin, the Lady Jackets rallied once more on four straight service points by McCoun. The Lady Jackets won the final set, 25-20 punctuated by a kill at the net by senior Zoe Harper. "I think we showed improvement across the board tonight," said WCHS Coach Meghan Bottom. "We just need to step on the floor and take care of our business. If we come out and take care of things, these girls can be very successful."

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