Despite getting off to a good start against the Lady Demons of Williamstown, the Henry County Lady Cats dropped their season opener last week.
The Lady Cats got off to a good start, winning the first game 25-18, but then stumbled in games 2 and 3, 18-25, 21-25, to lose their first match of the season.
Henry County led from the beginning in the first game and went ahead 20-13 but then briefly lost focus as the Lady Demons closed the score to 21-17. After a timeout by Head Coach Katie Ruff, Henry County refocused and closed out the game 25-18. The first game featured several kills by sophomore Megan Payton.
In the second game the Lady Cats lost focus again and got off to a slow start.
Williamstown jumped out to a 3-1 lead before the Cats came back to tie the game at 4-4. The game seesawed back and forth for a while and with the score tied 10-10, Williamstown went on a 6-0 run to take a decisive lead. Great digging by Molly Williamson kept the Lady Cats in it, but they would get no closer as Williamstown took the second game 25-18.
The third game was tight the whole way with each team having the lead at various points. Williamstown took command at 16-15 and never relinquished the lead again. They closed out the match with a 25-21 win.
Henry County struggled with indecisiveness and communication down the stretch, ultimately costing them the match.
“We are a young team this year and the girls have a lot to learn,” Ruff said. “Right now I think they lack the confidence necessary to make quick decisions. With practice and in time I think they will improve and I look forward to coaching them.”
Ruff felt that service errors in the final game were the downfall of the team.
“Serves lost the third game for us,” she said. “We missed six serves in the last game and that really cost us. I think that teamwork and determination both played an important part as well. The girls never gave up and no matter what happened they continued to support and encourage one another.”
Ruff was impressed with sophomore Molly Williamson. “Molly really stood out,” she said. “She never let anything drop and her passes were the key to many plays that we had. She hustled and kept her focus the entire game. Molly never gave up!”
The coach saw some things to work on for the future but also was impressed with the potential the team showed. “I was proud of how the girls worked together as a team, and I saw a lot of really good things,” she said. “There is always room for improvement and I am looking forward to getting back to practice to work out the kinks. I think that the girls are going to need to communicate with one another to cut down on the silly mistakes that will cost us a lot of games.”
The Lady Cats faced Shelby County Tuesday night. Results of the game will be in next week’s paper.