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Commanderettes can’t hold lead at Marion, bounce back against Anderson County

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By Brandon Mattingly

 

Washington County volleyball improved to 3-6 on Thursday with a 2-0 (25-19, 25-21) win over Anderson County, closing the match out much more efficiently than they had in a loss earlier in the week to Marion County.

The Lady Bearcats showed that they got off the bus ready to play in game one, jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead, but Washington County quickly responded with an 8-0 run of their own that included four Morgan Mann kills and one block on their way to a 13-9 lead. Anderson County was never able to get back in control of the game following the Commanderette rally, and they closed out a six-point win.

The second game was back-and-forth the entire way, with neither team leading by more than four points throughout. Washington County led 21-20 before Mann put away three of WC’s final four points in a 4-1 rally to end the match.

“Morgan is an off-and-on player and I would love to see her confidence build and not to be so hard on herself,” said Washington County Head Coach Anne Mudd. “She definitely played well (Thursday) night and I would love to see her build on that, but her and every girls success starts with that first pass. She sees her ability, we just want her to be comfortable with it at all times.”

The Commanderettes lost a heartbreaker last Tuesday at Marion County 3-2 (25-27, 20-25, 25-15, 25-19, 15-11).

Washington County took the first two games, but were unable to close out the victory, allowing the Lady Knights to come back and steal the win.

After weathering a 10-0 Marion County run that put the Lady Knights ahead 18-10 in game one, the Commanderettes clawed back with a pair of big hits by Mann and a big late kill by senior Emily Spaulding that tied the game at 23. Protecting a 26-25 lead, Mann closed out the game one victory with a big finish at the net that the Marion County defender couldn’t return.

The game-two victory was highlighted by a great save by senior LeeAnn Abell and junior Maddie Abell, who combined to save a ball that appeared to be a lost point, and instead turned it into a 24-20 lead for the Commanderettes on their way to the win.

Marion County had their way in game three, topping WC 25-15, and finished game four on a 5-0 run to take a six-point win, forcing a fifth game to 15 points.

Neither team had much of an advantage early, as Marion County held an 11-10 lead, but they strung a 4-1 rally together to complete the come-from-behind victory.

“The girls actually went into the game with no expectations and I think that made a difference to them,” Mudd said. “The first two games we had outstanding passing, setting and hitting. The third game got off to a rocky start, which threw their momentum out the door, but they never gave up. They played hard but it just didn’t work in their favor.”

Washington County’s next game will be on the road at Nelson County on Thursday, before hosting Bardstown on Tuesday. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.