It is another 0-3 start for the Eminence volleyball squad, but new coach Stephanie Meadows says it’s a big improvement from previous seasons with her team putting up a bigger fight and hanging much closer to its opponents.
The Lady Warriors lost to Gallatin County on Aug. 10, Owen County on Aug. 11 and Spencer County on Aug. 19 — all three matches were 2-0 in the best-of-three series. The one area Eminence needs to improve in is confidence, which was evident in its up-and-down play during the opening two weeks.
“They are playing a lot better than last year,” said Meadows, who took over the program from Kristen Lively. “But we need to focus on getting more confidence. That’s the big thing. It seems like they get down on themselves and feel like they can’t win.”
Meadows said the Spencer match, which was played last Wednesday, was very winnable. The Lady Warriors were beaten in the first game and down by 10 points in the second before they came back to close the gap to just two. They lost 25-23 to end the game and match.
“We should have won that second one but our players got down on themselves and fell behind by 10 points,” Meadows said. “It was great that we were able to get within two but it was a game we should have won.”
Last year’s Eminence team finished with a 1-16 record with its one win coming against Evangel Christian in August. Lively resigned from coaching, Meadows took the position and the Lady Warriors have a new set of goals that includes winning 25-percent of their games and improving each outing. After three games, despite the losses, Meadows thinks they are headed in the right direction.
“As far as from last year, it’s totally different,” Meadows said. “They’re passing a lot better, setting better and getting the hits. Also, from looking at last year’s results, this team is scoring a lot more points. Last year there were a lot of single-digit games while this year we’re scoring much more.”
The Lady Warriors hosted Bullitt Central on Monday and played at Anderson County on Tuesday in their first 28th District matchup. Their next game is next Thursday at Shelby County starting at 5:30 p.m.
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