• By Piper McCoun Woodford Sun Sports

A look back at a winning volleyball season

As the 2020 fall sports season winds down, I have realized that there is so much to be thankful for and celebrate from this past volleyball season. As a senior this year, I was very nervous going into the season. My team was forced to delay workouts and conditioning, which normally begin in April and are instrumental in getting our team physically and mentally prepared for the long season ahead of us. Having the ability to bond and connect with the team during the preseason is something I took for granted as an athlete. With the understanding that my new teammates and I would only have a short time together before we began regular season matches, we grew very close within a very short period of time. Everyone had the same goal in mind –  making it to the state tournament. Because of the delayed start due to COVID, however, we had to squeeze as much of our season as we could into a much shorter period of time. No matter how unique the circumstances, we were all able to come back to our end goal and remember why we play. Before the pandemic, it would be a team’s absolute last resort to cancel a game. The circumstances would have to be momentous. With the new world we are adapting to, we were forced to cancel games against Lexington Christian Academy and Lafayette. Even though cancelling games was not ideal, it has been reassuring to know that the health and safety of our team and school is a priority. This pandemic has taken so many things away from so many different people. Having normalcy is a good thing, and the efforts put in by various schools and organizations to get things back to normal while following the guidelines set by local, state, and national health professionals have not gone unnoticed. Even though this season has been very different, I could not be more grateful to have had the opportunity to play one final season with my team. My team finished the season last Wednesday, falling to Simon Kenton in the regional semifinals. We finished 11-5 and also claimed the 30th district championship title. In the past, Woodford County High School volleyball was not a program that was taken seriously, or seen as a threat by teams within our region. Over the past few seasons, we’ve worked tirelessly to turn this program around and put Yellow Jacket volleyball on the map. It has been a great ride, and I hope that the classes that follow mine continue on the path we’ve created.

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