The Eminence volleyball squad was at home for the first time this season last Monday night, but there was a tough team standing on the other side of the court.
Bullitt Central started out strong, continued to apply the pressure and left Eminence with a convincing 2-0 win in the best-of-three series. The Lady Cougars, led by a strong hitting attack, are definitely the best team Eminence has seen so far, head coach Stephanie Meadows said afterwards. She hopes it will improve her team’s play against other opponents.
“I think we hung in there for a little while but our girls were a little scared,” Meadows said. “They were tall, had girls that could hit the ball and were really tough. Once we got over that shock, you could tell we settled down and started playing much better though.”
The following night, last Tuesday, the Lady Warriors were back on the court against Anderson County in their first 28th District matchup of the season. While Eminence played a lot better than the night before, Meadows said, the Lady Warriors took a 2-0 loss to start the season at 0-5 in match play through the first three weeks.
“Our girls played ten times better against Anderson than Bullitt Central,” Meadows said of her team’s 24-hour turnaround. “I think after the Bullitt Central game, nothing will scare our players now. It was a big confidence booster.”
Against Anderson, Eminence followed its game plan to execute throughout the entire match. Individually, Alexis Lentini, Keelie Dyson, Andrea Perez, Kara Capps and Savannah Meadows all stepped up. Lentini is an “amazing defensive player,” Meadows said, while Dyson did very well battling at the net, Perez’s serves were on fire, and setters Tapps and Meadows had a solid game as well.
After the 0-5 start, the Lady Warriors hosted Carroll County on Monday night and will travel to Shelby County this Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
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