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Lady Warriors continue to improve on court, coach says

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By Tommie Kendall

Sports editor

A week after earning their first victory of the season over Evangel Christian, the Eminence Lady Warriors are looking to add another check in the win column.

In last week’s volleyball action, they lost to Shelby County Tuesday and Gallatin County Thursday, which left them with an 1-7 record four weeks into the season. With the Whitefield Academy and Spencer County matches earlier this week, and Trimble County and Evangel just over the horizon, Eminence wants to add that check as soon as possible. The young and enthusiastic team is improving, first-year head coach Kristen Lively said.

“It’s really hard when you have eighth and ninth graders going up against juniors and seniors, but I’ve been really proud of these girls for putting up a good fight each time out,” Lively said. “I see improvements every game and every match — even the community sees it.”

Eminence managed to go neck to neck against overpowering Shelby last week, staying close to the Lady Rockets in game one until they pulled away down the homestretch for a 25-18 win. Then, in game two, Shelby came away with a 25-14 win to end the best-of-three series. It did not help that Eminence was without some of its top varsity players for various reasons, including setter Savannah Meadows and Chelsea Wright.

Two days later, the Lady Warriors were up against Gallatin County at home. Eminence came away with 25-14 and 25-10 losses in two quick games.

“Gallatin has a really strong team,” Lively said. “I thought our girls did very well. I was happy with our team work.”

Lively said she has been most impressed with the play she has seen from Sarah Floyd, the lone senior on this year’s squad, which is full of underclassmen. Also, Lively said, she’s been impressed with the play from Kara Capps.

Eminence hosted Whitefield Monday and Spencer County Tuesday, and will travel to Trimble County Thursday before taking on Evangel Christian Sept. 16. Heading into this week, it has been 49 matches since the Lady Warriors last beat a team other than Evangel — who they have defeated three times in that span.

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