A slow start turned into a rout for the Eminence Warriors as they hosted Gallatin County.
The Warriors went on to win the match, 25-19, 25-17 and 25-13.
Gallatin County jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first game as the Warriors were aced, hit into the net and then called for a rotation fault.
From there, Gallatin County maintained a 2- to 3- point lead until the Warriors tied the score at 15-15. After a Gallatin hitting mistake, the Warriors had their first lead and would never trail again. On the next play Gallatin tied it on a tip and got the serve back at 16-16.
But the next serve sailed out of bounds, and Emily Coomes went back to serve for EHS. After two aces by Coomes and a block by Tiffany Thomas the score was 20-16 and the Wildcats called timeout to try to regain momentum.
Gallatin County got the serve back and stopped the run on a pass into the net by EHS. Gallatin scored the next two points to make it 20-19 before Thomas got a big kill to help Eminence maintain the lead.
At 21-19 Eminence scored the final four points of the game on a dink by Gailynn Carroll, a backline kill by Coomes, a kill by Destiny Dale and an unforced error by Gallatin, to go up 1-0
The second game began with a missed serve for Gallatin and it went downhill from there for the Wildcats. Eminence use good passing and setting to build a 10-point lead at 17-7. From there Eminence sailed to the 25-17 victory.
The game featured several kills by Coomes, Thomas and Dale who played an expanded role in the match.
The Warriors confidence soared as the Wildcats’ deflated in the third game of the match. The game began with EHS trailing 1-0 but they would never trail again. They built a 10-point lead at 15-5 as Madison Pittman provided good passing and Carroll helped with great sets to Thomas, Dale and Coomes. Brie Prewitt and Renee Toole also provided good passing and some timely backline hits.
The game ended emphatically for the Warriors as Thomas blocked a hit at the net for the match’s final point.