The real winner between the Henry County and Collins High School volleyball teams was the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The two teams used their Sept. 19 game as a chance to raise money for the organization, and combined to raise $2,769.46.
Players from both schools accepted donations around school for one week, starting on Sept.12, and a chain was built with each link representing 50 cents. Before the game the schools hung their chains around the Collins gym.
After all the money was counted, Collins came out on top by raising $1,517.96 to Henry County’s $1,251.50.
A friendly wager by the coaches meant that Henry County’s coaching staff was required to wear Collins shirts during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sets.
Referees David Smith and Chuck Vogt donated their pay from the match to the cause. Other donations, a raffle, and ticket sales added to the total.
The game itself was an up and down performance by the Lady Cats, who fell to Collins 23-25, 25-10, 25-23, and 25-13.
Coach Katie Ruff was puzzled by the up and down performance.
“I feel like we played better than we have been in two games and worse in the others,” she said. “I think we fought really hard for several points, and there were several spikes and tips some of the girls got up that I never in a million years thought had a chance of going back over the net. The first game was so much fun to watch because they played as a team and they had so much fun together. I want to see that every game. For some reason in the second game we relaxed and I think the girls just assumed they were going to win, and when that happened, everything just fell apart. They worked really hard in the third game, but came up short, and by the fourth game, I think we had just given up.”
Krista Deburger in particular impressed Ruff. “Krista Deburger doesn’t ever get enough recognition,” she said. “She is always very consistent and so I don’t think she ever stands out because she never really has a bad game. She is one of those girls you love to have on your team because she always leads by example.”
The string of losses suffered recently has Ruff concerned. “I think they are having a hard time with it. I guess this is where character really starts to show. Some of them have started shutting down, while others are getting more and more hungry for a win. We are going to keep working hard together as a team to improve, eventually we will get there.”
HCHS 0 Owen 3
Henry County traveled to Owenton on Thursday to take on the Lady rebels in a district match-up.
The Rebels got revenge for a 3-1 defeat earlier in the season taking this match by scores of 25-23, 25-11 and 26-24.
Ruff said, “Games 1 and 3 were really close and both teams fought very hard. We were just outplayed and outhustled. I think the girls got down on themselves, and it was hard to recover from such a tough loss in game 1. We just weren’t mentally ready to play game 2.”
Ruff was pleased with the effort of Victoria Marcum. She said, “Vic hustled more than I’ve ever seen. At one point she ran into the scorer’s table to save a ball. It was pretty incredible. We had a lot of girls hustling to save bad passes, which was nice to see. We have to work on our offense. We have girls hustling to get passes up, but they are not always great passes, which leads to not the best set, and then of course it is difficult to get a hit. I think we need to work on passing and setting going forward.”
HCHS goes 1-3 in Collins Tourney
The Lady Cats participated in the Titans Volleyball Challenge over the weekend and came up with a 2-0 win against Valley in the opening match. It was their first victory against a non-district opponent this year.
The Cats then fell to Atherton 2-1, before losing to Whitesville Trinity 2-0 and Pleasure Ridge Park 2-0.
Ruff said, “We played pretty well against Valley, We weren’t so worried about being perfect. We just went out and played together. The sun was in our eyes from one of the windows, but instead of making excuses, we just played through it.”
The second match against Atherton. They were more competition than the first match, but we came away with a win in the first set and managed to fall apart in the second and third.
We played Whitesville Trinity in the third game. They were a scrappy team. We looked much better the second set than we did the first. We had a small break and did not come back from the break as strong as I would have liked. We lost but I was able to see some improvements.
Against PRP, we hustled more than I have seen in a while. We seemed to work much better together, and instead of tearing each other down, the girls were working as a team. It was very nice to see. I am hoping to continue playing this way for the remainder of the season.
Krista Deburger was our all-tournament player. It was nice to see her recognized for her hard work this season.”