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Commanderettes lose 4 in a row

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John Overby
Sun Sports Writer

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The Washington County Commanderettes volleyball team (11-7, 2-2) lost their fourth game in a row in a non-regional, non-district match against the East Jessamine Jaguars (3-6, 0-5).

The match started off strong for WC, taking the first set with a 25-17 win.

The score was tied at 12-12 before the Commanderettes made a 6-1 run to put them ahead 18-13, and they eventually came away with the eight-point win.

The next two matches were stark contrasts from this set, however.

The Jaguars immediately regained their composure in the second game and jumped out to a 9-3 lead. A mini 4-3 WC run cut the score to a manageable 12- 7 deficit, but the Jaguars responded quickly, building a 22-14 lead in seemingly no time.

The Commanderettes had one final push in them, though. With junior Bethany Wheatley serving, WC scored seven straight points, with Wheatley serving up several aces along the way.

But the momentum shift wasn’t enough to put the Commanderettes over the top and give themselves a 2-0 cushion. They would go on to lose the game 25-23 and instead be tied 1-1 going into the third set.

In this back-and-forth game, both teams held the lead at one point, but after the score was tied at 11-11, the Jaguars wouldn’t relinquish the lead again, finishing with a 25-20 victory to go up 2-1 in the series.

In a win-or-go-home predicament, the Commanderettes were able to stretch the match into a deciding fifth set, but the fourth game proved to be a battle.

Or so it seemed.

With the scored knotted up at 16, the Commanderettes would score nine straight points to claim the victory.

With one final game to 15 all that was standing between WC and snapping their three-game losing streak, the Commanderettes came out motivated and sped out to an 11-4 run, causing East Jessamine Head Coach Megan Miller to call a timeout to calm down her team.

And it worked to perfection.

The seven-point lead quickly shrunk to five, to three and then to two before WC scored two points to make it 13-9.

But the Jaguars went on a five-point run to take a 14-13 lead.

The Commanderettes scored again to force sudden-death overtime, but the Jaguars ended the game with two straight scores.

The team has now lost four in a row, five of their last six and seven of their last nine.

Head Coach Anne Mudd declined to comment after the game.