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With six seniors and six spots on the floor, it seemed destined that the WC Commanderettes volleyball team would start all of their seniors on Senior Night.
And that’s exactly what happened in their final regular-season game of the year last week against the North Hardin Trojans.
Playing a three-set match, the Commanderettes were unable to send their seniors out on a high note, however, losing 25-13 in the first game and 35-33 in the second.
Assistant coach Casey Mudd was surprised at how talented the North Hardin team turned out to be.
“We weren’t really expecting North Hardin to be as scrappy as they were,” Mudd said. “We had a hard time finishing the game, but our team kept fighting, kept playing hard. It just didn’t go our way in the end.”
The next assignment for the Commanderettes is the Bethlehem Banshees in their first game of the district tournament tonight at 7 p.m.
A loss would signify the final game of the season for WC, but a win would put them into the championship game of the tournament and secure themselves a shot at the district title and a spot in the regional tournament.
However, the Banshees have proven to be a tough matchup for the Commanderettes this season.
They have not yet won a set against Bethlehem in their two previous meetings this year.
But Mudd is optimistic that her team can come out on top when it matters most.
“We certainly have the talent to beat Bethlehem,” Mudd said. “They’re not gonna give us anything. Our girls have to come in with the mindset that they’re going to win. They’re good about finishing an opponent when they have that mindset. Bethlehem is a challenge for us, but it’s nothing we can’t handle.”
Mudd noted that the Banshees were solid on both offense and defense, but she has especially been impressed with their hitters.
But she believes her team has the right personnel to contain their attack.
“They have some hitters that can straight put the ball down,” Mudd said, “but we have some blockers that can shut them down. Bethlehem keeps a lot of balls in play, so we’ll really have to make them earn every point they get if we want to be successful.”
As far as the district tournament is concerned, Mudd thinks that winning the championship is a legitimate possibility for any of the four remaining teams.
“The championship’s wide open for everybody,” Mudd said. “It’s up for grabs. We’ve got a very competitive district, and whoever decides to play this week will be the team that comes out on top.”
With a win, WC would then move on and play in the championship game tomorrow night at 6 p.m.