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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
It’s been a busy week for the Washington County volleyball team as the squad played nine teams in eight days. The Commanderettes started play with a 6-5 record on Sept. 2. After back-to-back losses to Central Hardin and Marion County, which saw WC getting swept in both outings, the WC ladies looked to redeem themselves against a tough Campbellsville squad.
The Commanderettes showed that there was plenty of fight still in them as they beat Campbellsville 2-0 (25-17, 25-18) on Sept. 2 at home.
Kelly Hill, Morgan Thomas and Jaclyn Kelty turned in solid outings on the back row.
Clare Smith played aggressively in both games and had a total of 11 kills.
“This was probably the best all-around match our varsity team has played to date,” said WC head coach Brett Hudson. “Our serve was pretty good throughout the majority of the game, our energy was great, our passing was pretty solid and our play at the net was very active.”
The Washington County JV squad continued their domination over the competition by sweeping Campbellsville’s JV team 2-0 (21-10, 21-17).
Samantha Seger was impressive on the front row from the outside hitter position, at the service line and on the back row.
“By far, this was Samantha’s best match of the season,” said assistant coach Todd Osbourne. “She constantly got into good passing position and was very vocal, calling the ball and calling out where the ball was coming from.”
Despite strong matches from Thomas and Hill, the Commanderettes were off against Nelson County, losing 1-2 (17-25, 25-17, 12-25) on Sept. 4.
“Passing was off most of the night in serve receive,” said coach Osbourne. “Our back row defense didn’t look very good for the most part. We were active, just not as aggressive as we could have been.”
With the loss, WC tied with Bethlehem for second place in district standings at 1-1. With the win, Nelson County is 3-0 in the district.
The momentum ran out for the JV team as they never seemed comfortable on the court. Although the energy was there, the passing was off for the night.
The JV Commanderettes won the first game, but dropped the final two games for the 1-2 loss.
Woodford County Invitational
The Commanderettes then traveled to Versailles to participate in the Woodford County Invitational Sept. 5-6. Their first match was against Elizabethtown, with WC losing 1-2 (16-21, 21-18, 15-17). Next was Christian Fellowship who beat WC 2-0 (12-21, 17-21).
In the next match, South Laurel took care of the Commanderettes in two games, but WC came back to win its final match in pool play, defeating Woodford County to finish fourth seed in their six-team pool.
In the first round of single elimination, WC beat Western Hills 2-0 (21-5, 21-7) in what Osbourne described as “our best match of the year.”
In the next round, WC played hard against Whitefield Academy, but lost 2-0 (10-21, 12-21) to bring its tournament run to a close.
The Commanderettes emerged with a 2-4 record for the tournament. Washington County’s Morgan Thomas was selected to the all tournament team due to her strong overall play.
The Commanderettes next faced off against Taylor County at home on Sept. 8. Although the scores were close, the JV team lost 1-2 (21-16, 21-23, 19-21). The home court advantage seemed to be just what the doctored ordered for the varsity squad as they were able to earn a win against a solid Lady Cardinal team, going 2-0 (25-23, 25-17).
Solid performances were turned in by the whole team. Hill, Kelty, Fields and Olivia Taylor played outstanding on the back row and that allowed setters Curtsinger and Teater to concentrate on their front row play and shore up the defense.
“Setting is one of the hardest roles on a volleyball team and we want them to know how much we appreciate their efforts,” said Hudson. “These setters are very strong willed and they mean business.”
Tingle, Smith and Thomas also hit the ball aggressively, while Amber Taylor returned several shots with a fiery attitude.
“Before the game, I told the ladies to think about how good it felt when they played their very best against Western Hills in the Woodford County tournament and get in the mindset that we were going to have great energy and play every point in the game, all the way out. That’s precisely what this team did,” said Hudson.
The Commanderettes will play Elizabethtown on the road on Sept. 9, travel to LaRue County for the Lady Hawks Invitational Tournament on Sept. 13, then head to Bardstown on Sept. 15 to take on the Lady Tigers.