When the Henry County Lady Cats travelled to Western Hills last week, they did so without sophomore middle hitter Megan Payton.
Her absence — due to illness — was keenly felt, as she wasn’t there to help contain the tall Wolverine hitters, and Western Hills won the match 25-14, 25-19 and 25-17.
“We didn’t have Megan so that hurt us a little, but I really thought other girls stepped up and did a good job,” Coach Katie Ruff said. “Western Hills had a great outside hitter that had about four kills because we couldn’t get a block up. They also had a strong middle that had a few tips and blocks against our team that we could not recover.”
Ruff was pleased with Payton’s replacement, freshman Devin Belcher. “Devin Belcher played middle for us since Megan was sick,” Ruff said. “She did a nice job stepping in. If she was nervous I couldn’t tell, she just went in and did what we needed her to do.”
Ruff also was pleased with her team’s passing in this match. “Our passing looked great,” she said. “We seemed to play much better together as a team. Even though we lost, I saw a lot of improvement from the past. When we did something wrong, we just got right back up and went on with the game.
“Our setting and timing on hits needs a little work. We can’t get a perfect set every time, but when we do we really need to utilize that set with a great hit. If we can get that and our passing to work all together our team will be unstoppable!”