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Eminence has a short stay in All ‘A’

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By Tommie Kendall

The Eminence volleyball team tacked on three more losses to its record last week for an 0-8 start, including a 2-0 loss to Trimble County in the opening round of the 8th Region All “A” Classic tournament.

It was a short stay for the Lady Warriors, who were knocked out by Trimble County in the one-day single-elimination tournament held inside Carroll County High School. The smallest 125 schools in Kentucky are eligible to compete in 16 regional tournaments statewide, with one team from each region advancing to the All “A” Classic state tourney.

“I think it will be something we will focus on in the future because that’s the size of schools we should be able to play well against,” EHS coach Stephanie Meadow said. “As far as this year, we just didn’t play well at all. And that’s all I can really say about that.”

Eminence lost the first game to Trimble, 25-18, then lost to the second, 25-12, to end the best-of-three series in just two games. Meadows said it was one of the worst matches her team has played this year.

Before the All “A” tournament, the Lady Warriors played two matches last week — a 2-0 loss to Carroll County last Monday and a 2-0 loss to Shelby County on Thursday. Against Carroll, the Warriors were defeated 25-15 and 25-23, while against Shelby they were defeated 25-15 and 25-13.

Despite the loss, Meadows said the Shelby match was the best her team has played. Afterwards, Shelby’s coach told Meadows it was the best Eminence has looked in years.

“We played very well,” Meadows said. “We hung in there with Shelby the entire match. We talked the entire time, hustled and did not let anything drop. Best match of the year, hands down.”

Three players that stood out for Eminence were Keelie Dyson, Andrea Perez and Kara Capps. Capps, a sophomore that usually plays setter, was moved to hitter.

“We just wanted to see how it would work out and I thought she did very well,” Meadows said. “We’re going to be moving her back and forth in that position.”

After the 0-8 start, Meadows said the one area her team really needs to focus on is consistency. She’s not sure what team will show up on game day.

“Some games I think we’re doing very well, then it’s like they’re an entirely different team,” Meadows said. “I think it’s just lack of experience and, honestly, they play like they’re scared at times. We need to change their mindset.”

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