With their one win this season coming against Evangel Christian a few weeks ago, the Eminence Lady Warriors were hoping to put a second check in the win column when they took on Evangel Tuesday night on the road.
Counting its four losses last week — Whitefield Academy, Spencer County, Trimble County and Williamstown — Eminence is 1-10 with the volleyball season more than halfway through. But the Lady Warriors are continuing to improve, first-year head coach Kristen Lively said.
“I typically see improvements with every game,” she said. “The girls are really trying to get better, and they are. We will keep improving.”
The lone senior on this year’s team, Sarah Floyd, is providing the leadership to the young and often over-powered squad that relies heavily on middle schoolers and underclassmen. Floyd is trying to point her younger teammates in the right direction.
“Sarah has been kicking butt out there,” Lively said of her play. “She’s hitting the floor and really wants a winning season in her last year.”
Another player that has recently stepped up her game, despite the four losses, is Alexa Lentini, who starts junior varsity and comes off the bench in varsity matches. She started to see more time on the floor in varsity action last week.
“She’s been doing an excellent job for us,” Lively said. “She hustles and tries really hard. We just started to give her more playing time, and it’s showing.”
Last week, Eminence lost to Whitefield Academy (25-3, 25-13) Monday, lost to Spencer County (25-11, 25-9) Tuesday and lost to both Trimble County (25-10, 25-18) and Williamstown (25-12, 25-23) Thursday. The final two matches were both played at Trimble in a double-header for the Lady Warriors.
The final game against Williamstown in the best-of-three series was Eminence’s best of the week, as the 25-23 score indicates. The two teams went down to the wire with Williamstown earning the victory by just two points.
“It was a sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat type of game,” Lively explained. “Our girls played awesome, and the other team told us so afterwards. I wish every game could be played like that.”
The Lady Warriors played Evangel Tuesday night in what they hope was another win, and will be back in action again this Thursday when they host North Bullitt at 6 p.m.
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