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The WC Commanderettes volleyball team finished up their most recent match—a game against the Thomas Nelson Generals—just before press time on Monday night. They earned their second straight win in four sets, 25-14, 28-26, 13-25 and 25-18.
The victory helped the Commanderettes improve to 12-9 (2-3) and dropped the Generals to 3-13 (0-5).
Caught up in a five-game losing streak, the Commanderettes were losing confidence in themselves, according to assistant coach Casey Mudd.
They hadn’t won in two weeks, and getting a win was vital for the team’s morale.
“This team’s not used to losing back-to-back-to-back games,” Mudd said. “They were starting to get a little disheartened.”
Last Thursday night’s game against the Boyle County Lady Rebels (2-15) was a perfect cure for their ailment.
WC was assertive from the beginning of the match and was able to win in dominating fashion, taking the first three sets to put a stop to their skid.
“It was a sense of relief, just to get out there and win three games quickly,” Mudd said. “I think it showed them that, when they decide to play, they can really take care of an opponent.”
The Commanderettes not only won quickly, they also did so in convincing fashion.
WC took the first set 25-15 and the next two sets 25-17.
Mudd thinks that the main factor in the win was her team’s aggressive yet efficient play.
“Our team usually plays it safe, but they really went after Boyle (County),” Mudd said. “And there also weren’t very many errors on our serves. They just couldn’t return them, which allowed us to go on some big runs. It was hard for them to run any type of offense because of it.”
The Commanderettes were mired in a four-game losing streak when the team hosted the Nelson County Lady Cards (13-6, 5-1) last week, and it looked early on as if they would return to their winning ways.
Mudd noted that WC came out on fire, and they were able to jump out to a two-set lead, taking the first two games by scores of 25-22 and 25-21.
“I think they were pretty pumped up because it was a district game, and those tend to be more intense,” Mudd said. “The girls just completely came out to play.”
And the match was almost over in the third set, as Nelson County pushed WC into sudden-death overtime, but the Commanderettes’ district foes came out on top, 27-25.
The team was unable to sustain its momentum from the first two games and dropped the final two sets by scores of 25-13 and 15-11.
To Mudd, the loss was just another case of “the girls getting too relaxed.”
But there were positives to the match.
“The team played really hard, and they made Nelson earn the win,” Mudd said. “There’s never a good loss, but there are good things that can come from a loss. I saw a lot of improvement in the girls during that game, which was nice to see.”
The Commanderettes were in action after press time on Tuesday night, a home match against Campbellsville. WC’s next game will be tomorrow night as they host Bardstown, a district opponent.