• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Lady Jackets fall to Tates Creek in regional tournament

The Woodford County High School volleyball team's season came to an end Tuesday, Oct. 16 with a 3-0 loss to Tates Creek in the opening round of the Region 11 tournament. "Our team came out with a lot of energy and fight," said WCHS Coach Meghan Bottom. "I was very proud of our play and the hustle we showed. Tates Creek simply had a few less errors and a few more big plays than we had. That was the difference in the match." The Lady Commodores took a 15-10 lead in the first set, but the Lady Jackets fought back and closed the gap to 23-20 behind a string of serves by sophomore Piper McCoun. The Lady Jackets tied the game at 24-24, before losing the first set 26-24. In the second set, The Lady Commodores began to take control of the match. They jumped out to a 15-8 and closed out the game 25-17. The Lady Commodores won the final set 25-13, ending Woodford's season. "We have grown individually and as a team over the course of the season," said Bottom. "We went through ups and downs just like every team does, but I feel we learned from our lows and were able to continually grow as the season went on. This group of girls created a volleyball family that supported one another both on and off the court, and that, to me, is more important than the win-loss record. Looking towards next season, I expect them to capitalize on that relationship and push themselves even harder to achieve larger goals." Junior Evelyn Milburn led the Lady Jackets with a total of 77 aces on the season. Milburn aced on 17 percent of her serve attempts. Sophomore Hope Baker was second with 62 aces. She aced on 15.05 percent of her serve attempts. McCoun was third with 60 aces. She aced on a 14.93 percent of her attempts. Junior Laura Crutchfield led the Lady Jackets with 273 kills on the season. She converted on 31 percent of her attempts. McCoun was second with 248 kills. She converted on 34.25 percent of her attempts. McCoun led the Lady Jackets with 54 blocks on the season, and sophomore Devan Champion was second with 39. Sophomore Riley Dawkins led the Lady Jackets in digs with 231 on the season and Milburn was second with 229. Junior Caroline Miller led Woodford in serve receive average (out of 3) with 1.79. McCoun was second with 1.73 followed by Baker with 1.68, Junior Georgia Sutterlin with 1.63 and Dawkins with 1.53.

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