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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
After a tough loss at the hands of Central Hardin, the Washington County Commanderettes traveled to Marion County on Aug. 28 for the "Volley for the Cure" match with proceeds from the game going to breast cancer research.
In game one, it seemed like neither team built any momentum as they traded points back and forth until tied at 20-20. From that point in the game, WC seemed to lose focus and they let Marion get ahead. The final score of game one was Marion County 25, Washington County 20.
Passing, which has been an issue of concern for the team, was the Commanderettes' downfall in game two. They also had trouble on the serve receive as Marion County delivered several aces.
Marion County built a solid lead in the beginning. WC made some adjustments to the lineup by sending in Olivia Taylor, Kelly Hill, and Katherine Fields. The move seemed to provide a spark of energy and enthusiasm as the Commanderettes were able to battle back to close the gap within a couple of points until losing game two 25-23. Marion County’s varsity team got the sweep over WC 2-0 (20-25, 23-25).
“If we had played with the same energy and enthusiasm that we found near the end of the second varsity match, I feel like the outcome of the match would have been very different,” said WCHS head volleyball coach Brett Hudson. “It is my hope that our varsity team learned that the first point of a game is just as important as the last point.”
The Washington County varsity teams’ record fell to 6-5 with the loss.
The WCHS JV team was firing on all cylinders against Marion County as they swept the Lady Knights 2-0 (21-17, 21-16).
Samantha Seger was strong at the service line and set the pace early, getting the Commanderettes off to a 5-0 start, including four aces.
Setters Kelly Hill and Katherine Fields did a good job of setting the offense, as middle hitters Sarah Colvin, Olivia Taylor and Shannon Wethington were solid. Jaclyn Kelty, Hannah Simms and Seger also turned in strong performances at the outside position.
“I thought we played pretty well except for a few lapses in both games,” said assistant coach Todd Osbourne. “Olivia Taylor played the best match of her career. I’m pleased with the energy we displayed.”
Washington County’s next game is scheduled for Sept. 2 when they will host Campbellsville. Matches start at 6 p.m.