By Tommie Kendall
Eminence’s volleyball team closed out its regular season Monday night and will open post-season play a week later against Anderson County at 6 p.m.
The 28th District tournament will be held at Anderson, who is also the No. 1 seed in the tourney at 17-10 overall and 5-1 against district opponents. Eminence is the No. 4 seed with a 1-16 overall record and 0-6 in the district. The winner of that game will advance to the district finals against either No. 2 Shelby County or No. 3 Henry County.
Eminence and Anderson played twice during the regular season with Anderson coming away with 2-0 wins both times — 25-15, 25-12 on Eminence’s season opener Aug. 12, and 25-8, 25-8 on Sept. 23.
In last week’s volleyball action, Eminence lost to Shelby County Tuesday (2-0), lost to Gallatin County Wednesday (2-0) and lost to North Bullitt Thursday (2-0) in a three-day stretch that left the Lady Warriors with a 1-15 record. They then closed out the regular season Monday at Carroll County with the hope of earning their first win since defeating Evangel Christian earlier in the season.
“I would really like to see us walk away with a win in our final match (of the regular season),” Eminence coach Kristen Lively said a few hours before the contest. “More importantly, though, we are playing much better as a team and playing so much better than we were early in the season. I’ve been impressed with our progress.”
But Eminence came away with two quick losses (25-13, 25-3) to end its regular season at 1-16.
Out of the team’s final four matches, Lively said her squad played the best in the Gallatin loss. Chelsea Mathis, who has been a key playing the last few weeks, gave the Lady Warriors a spark despite the defeat — 25-9, 25-19.
“I wasn’t at Gallatin, but coach (Tanya) Mitchell said that was the best we’ve played all year,” Lively said. “She was so proud of them. I think we’re really improving.”
One thing Lively wants to change from this year to next is the amount of volleyball time the Lady Warriors get between seasons. She is looking into the possibility of her players getting playing time at the club level before they take to the court again next fall.
“We need them to play all year long so they don’t take that long break between seasons,” she said. “Hopefully they will start next season ready to play.”
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