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The Washington County volleyball team got the 2012 season underway last week at home against Green County (Tuesday) and West Jessamine (Thursday), picking up win No. 1 on the year against WJHS.
The Lady Dragons handed the Commanderettes a 3-0 loss (14-25, 13-25, 18-25) on Tuesday, in a game that head coach Anne Mudd said may have included some first-game jitters.
“We had too many unforced errors,” she said. “Green County is a really good team, and they had some of the best serving I’ve seen going that night, but we still had too many unforced errors.”
Green County turned a 9-8 lead in the first game into a lopsided affair with a 12-3 run, and used a 9-0 run to break open the second game. Mudd said her team was capable of playing better, as they showed on Thursday.
“If we played the way we did later in the week against West Jessamine, it could have been a much different ball game.”
The Commanderettes stepped up their game on Thursday, erasing a late game-one deficit against the Lady Colts to set the momentum for the rest of the match on their way to a 25-23, 16-25, 25-21 victory.
“It was 23-16 (West Jessamine), but we came back to win 25-23 with (junior) Morgan Mann serving,” Mudd said. “She got us up to 24, and they just couldn’t return her serve. They were shanking the ball here and there and hitting it into the net. That shows how quickly a game can change.”
After dropping the second game, Mudd told the Commanderettes that they were being simply outplayed and they responded.
“In that third game we just took off from the beginning and stayed ahead of them and that makes a big difference,” she said. “We’ve been known to drop that second game, and I told my team that (West Jessamine) just wanted that second game more than they did.”
Apart from Mann’s timely serving in game one, Mudd said junior Jessica Foster had an spectacular game for Washington County.
“I don’t think she missed a ball all match,” Mudd said. “She was coming out of corners for balls from spots where we didn’t even know there were corners. If I had to pick a player of the game it definitely would’ve been Jessica.”
The Commanderettes jumped out to a 12-6 lead in game three and never surrendered the lead on their way to a 25-21 win that was capped by a powerful kill by Mann.
WC traveled to Thomas Nelson on Monday night, falling 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 30-32, 19-25). Game details were unavailable at press time.
Entering district play, including Thursday’s meeting with Bethlehem at 7 p.m., Mudd said her team is riding a wave of confidence.
“We went over every mistake from this past week and I think they’re ready to go into this week and win these games,” she said. “I think the reason I’m so confident in the girls this year is because they have developed a chemistry, and they’re comfortable enough with each other to critique each other.”
The Commanderettes travel to Fort Knox on Saturday for a rematch with Green County in the first round of the 5th Region All-A Classic, before traveling to Elizabethtown to face the Lady Panthers on Tuesday.