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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Call it season opener jitters, but the Washington County Commanderettes opened the 2009 season last Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Campbellsville by squeaking by in the second game, coming back to win 27-25 after taking game one 25-16.
“We got a little sloppy in the second game,” said WC head coach Brett Hudson after the match. “I told the girls, ‘If we win the first game, we have to stay modest.’ and in volleyball, things can turn around really fast. In game two, our passing got lazy, they weren’t turning toward their setter, the sets started to drift off the net and it’s much harder to time the ball when the set’s off the net. We weren’t squaring our bodies up and that’s what cost us at the start of game two.”
In the first game, the Commanderettes looked solid, communicating well and making good passes. They took game one 25-16 from Campbelsville.
At the start of game two, WC had some trouble on serve receive and weren’t passing as well. They got behind in the score and things looked to swing in the Lady Eagles favor for a while.
The Commanderettes dug in and fought their way back to tie the game at 19-19 and had the match in their grasp as junior Olivia Thompson served match point with the score 24-23 WC.
A serve into the net tied the score at 24-all as the Lady Eagles got the serve. After tying the score at 25-25, the Commanderettes chalked up two quick points and held on for the win.
“I’m very proud of their fight,” Hudson added. “I can’t say enough about the varsity squad, everybody did great. The setters did great, Olivia Thompson’s really stepped up this year. Kelly Hill is also setting the ball well. Both middle hitters, Sarah Colvin and Clare Smith, did a phenominal job. Hannah Simms played the most aggressive game I’ve ever seen her play in game one. Shannon Wethington has moved from the middle to the outside and she was responsible for a lot of the tips, a lot of block coverage off the middle and she was very aggressive. She got some nice passes to our setters.”
Hudson also played freshman Emily Spaulding on the varsity squad.
“We brought Emily in to serve for Hannah Simms and she put the serve in and had some good back row play. She’s showing a lot of promise. We’ve got some talented freshmen and it’s good to know that they’re there if we need them.”
As good as the varsity squad seemed against Campbellsville, that’s bad the JV team struggled against the Lady Eagles.
The JV squad lost 2-1, losing game one 21-18, winning game two 22-20 and dropping the third and deciding game 21-14.
“I’m confused about our JV team, I really am,” said Hudson. “We had a pick-up scrimmage the night before the first game and they played great. Tonight, they weren’t communicating, they weren’t calling easy balls. Our three girls on the back row had no idea what they were supposed to be picking up. So we’re going to be doing some major work on back row coverage. It should be easy stuff, but they weren’t picking it up.”
After a season-opening win, the girls took a day off and then traveled to Green County to square off against the Lady Dragons.
The varsity squad left Greensburg with a 0-2 loss, losing 25-16 in the first game and 25-12 in the second.
The Commanderettes will be back in action Thursday when they head to Campbellsville for a rematch against the Lady Eagles. Friday and Saturday will bee Washington County visit Centre College to participate in tournament action.
The next home game is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25 as the ladies host E-Town.