Commanderettes hold off Mercer County at home

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By Brandon Mattingly


Washington County volleyball picked up its second win of the season with a 2-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-17) win over Mercer County at home on Monday night. Commanderette Head Coach Anne Mudd was happy with the way her team closed out games one and three.
“They can close out, it’s just that one thing can turn them in the other direction,” she said. “When we can get the momentum going our way they can take it home and I’m glad they did tonight.”

The Commanderettes (2-4) fell in an early 6-2 hole to the Lady Titans in game one, but quickly erased the deficit with four-straight points to level the score, including a pair of kills and a block by junior Morgan Mann.

Trailing 10-8 later in the game, WC put together another flurry of points, breaking off a 7-1 run to take a four point lead before Mercer County put together a 6-0 run of their own. The back-and-forth battle continued, as Washington County fought back for a 21-20 lead before putting the game away. Mann served the Commanderettes to a 4-0 run to end the game and give WC a 1-0 advantage.

Despite hanging with the Lady Titans throughout game two, the Commanderettes’ only lead in game two came with the score at 2-1, as Mercer County defended the net well on their way to a six-point victory.

The tables turned in game three, with Washington County surrendering the first point of the final game, before reeling off the next five points to claim the lead early. The Lady Titans clawed back to within a point at 14-13, but that was the closest they’d get the rest of the way, as the Commanderettes scored seven of the next eight points to pull out to a 21-14 advantage. Mercer County attempted to make a late push with three-straight points, but were shut down by the Washington County attack that finished a game with a 4-0 for the second time on the night, capped off by senior LeeAnn Abell finding an open spot for the final point of the night.

The Commanderettes were on the road last Tuesday at Elizabethtown (9-1) for their second road game of the season, and returned home on the losing end of a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 25-27, 25-18) score. Mudd noted the impact that senior LeeAnn Abell has had over the last few games, particularly on Monday.

“LeeAnn Abell in the last game made some really nice plays,” Mudd said. “She started off the season a little rusty, but she’s kicked it in since the third game.”

Washington County traveled to Marion County (5-3) on Tuesday night after press time, and will be at home against Anderson County (4-3) on Thursday at 7 p.m.