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Commander volleyball split a pair of district games at home last week, defeating Bardstown 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-21) on Tuesday, before falling to Thomas Nelson 3-2 (18-25, 25-21, 25-18, 10-25, 15-8) on Thursday.
In the more recent of the two matches, Washington County took the first game from Thomas Nelson and dominated game four to take momentum into the deciding fifth game, but they were unable to put the Lady Generals away, dropping to 1-5 in district play.
The Commanderettes trailed 13-11 in game one, when they went on a 5-0 run to take an advantage they wouldn’t relinquish. Another spurt of 4-0 pushed the score to 22-15 WC and they easily closed out the game for a 1-0 lead.
Thomas Nelson turned it around midway through game two, turning a 14-6 Washington County lead into a tie game at 18. The teams exchanged blows and found themselves tied once again at 21, before the Lady Generals scored four unanswered points to complete the come-from-behind victory.
“We had that game the whole way and at the end the girls just got too comfortable,” said WC Head Coach Anne Mudd. “We should have had that second game.”
After Thomas Nelson jumped ahead two games to one following a game-three win, Washington County got back in the match on the heels of senior Samantha Mudd’s serving to begin the fourth game. By the time Mudd’s serve had ended, the Commanderettes had taken a 10-0 lead behind a pair of blocks by junior Morgan Mann and big hits by senior LeeAnn Abell and sophomore Johanna Spalding. The Lady Generals were unable to threaten WC’s lead the rest of the way.
“That was huge,” Coach Mudd said of the early lead. “When we can go forward like that and get big leads it gives us momentum.”
Despite the lopsided game-four victory, the Commanderettes couldn’t translate the momentum into their second district win of the week. Thomas Nelson jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, forcing WC to call a timeout, but that didn’t slow the Lady Generals, who came out of the break scoring four straight times to bury the Commanderettes in a 10-2 hole that they couldn’t bounce back from on their way to a 15-8 loss.
Tuesday’s match with Bardstown was a much more favorable result for Washington County,
as they swept all three games from the Lady Tigers, bouncing back from a pair of losses to their district foes at the Anderson County Volley Smash two weeks ago.
The Commanderettes got an early advantage in the first two sets, before closing out each game, 25-17 and 25-22.
The third game was much more of a struggle, with Washington County struggling with its passing and falling into an early 9-1 hole. WC stayed with it, however, and were able to claw their way back into the game and come away with a come-frome-behind 25-21 victory to clinch the match.
“We beat them over the summer at the Bluegrass State Games and they beat us in Anderson County, but I think this time around our girls just wanted it more,” Mudd said. “Everything we did, we did it right.”
WC lost on the road Monday night at LaRue County 3-1 (25-7, 23-25, 25-16, 25-13).
They traveled to Bethlehem on Tuesday after press time and will visit Danville on Thursday.