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Lady Warriors are back on track despite Spencer loss

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Spencer County defeats Eminence 2-0 but coach says team is playing much better

By Tommie Kendall

Coming off a disappointing outing against Henry County the night before, the Eminence volleyball team got back on track last Tuesday, despite a 2-0 loss to Spencer County.

The Lady Warriors lost the first game 25-11, then lost the second one 25-19 to end the best-of-three series. It was an improvement from the night before when they lost to Henry, 25-14, 25-15.

“We earned every point we got and took away from Spencer every point we could,” EHS coach Stephanie Meadows said the following morning. “We finally played like the team we had been practicing like all year. And we should have been playing like that a long time ago.”

Meadows was particularly pleased with her team’s play in the second game. After losing the first one by 14 points, Eminence stayed even with Spencer for much of game two to almost force a match-deciding third game. But Spencer pulled away in the late portion of the game to end what Meadows described as a winnable match.

“I’m not sure what was going on in that first game but we played much, much better in that second one,” Meadows said of her team’s turnaround. “I was very pleased. They did everything right, we just couldn’t pull out the win.”

One area Meadows has been working on with her players is passing, setting and hitting on each offensive possession. Earlier in the year, with a roster full of young players, some of the Warriors wanted to hit the ball back over the net on the first touch. That is now changing, Meadows said.

With the Spencer loss, Eminence dropped to 1-10 on the season; Spencer evened its record at 8-8.

The Lady Warriors dropped their first eight matches of the year, then came up with a 2-0 win over Evangel Christian, 25-9 and 25-14, on Sept. 8 to snap a long losing streak that dated back to the last time they played Evangel. They hosted Anderson County Tuesday night and travel to the Carroll County Invitational this Saturday, playing the host school at 11 a.m.

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