Darren Doyle, story and photos
It's been said that "all good things must come to an end," and that was the case last night for the 2015 Lady Cat Volleyball season as ECHS fell to Daviess County in the Region 3 semi final game. The Lady Panthers simply had too much fire power as their aggressive offense kept the Lady Cats from having any consistency in the 3-0 loss.
ECHS had no answer for the Daviess County offense throughout the first two sets as they lost each 25-9. They were able to compete more closely in the third set, but a couple of big runs by the Lady Panthers kept the Lady Cats at bay. The team finishes the season with a record of 25-11, the fifth best in school history.
"Daviess County was a great team," said Head Coach Brad Sullivan. "Their height up front was tough to play against." The Lady Panthers had two starters 6' tall or taller, and another listed at 5'11".
"Being a first year coach, you learn a lot from winning and losing. You give all you can, and that's all you can ask for. The girls on our teams were great, they worked hard all season and I'm proud to have gotten to know them," Sullivan said.
"I am really proud of what our volleyball team has accomplished this season," said ECHS Athletic Director Kyle Pierce. "They won 25 games, defeated our district's most dominant team, Trinity, four times this season, won a Class A regional championship, and advanced to the 3rd region semifinals. Coach Brad Sullivan and his staff did a great job of keeping this team together and improving as the season went along. We had two winning streaks during the year of 8 games, then 9 games. That's impressive for any team."
Senior Captain MaryChris Waddell said her team has had a great season, and that there was nothing to hang their heads about. "I couldn't ask for a better team or family," she said. "These girls are my best friends and even though the season ended, we'll always be family."
Senior Laney Meredith said she was proud to have had the opportunity to advance as far as the team did. "I couldn't have asked for a better senior season with any better players. Thanks to all the parents, fans, and coaches for their support this year, but most of all, I thank God for giving me the ability to play volleyball and all the blessings I've received because of it."
"I'm sad my volleyball career with my team has come to an end, but I wouldn't have wanted to lose with anybody else tonight," said Senior Morgan Miller. "Thanks to my teammates, coaches, parents, and fans, for making this year the most memorable year of volleyball for me. I love you all."
Morgan Skaggs said much of the same. "We had an amazing season and I couldn't have asked for better teammates for my senior year...Playing volleyball at ECHS has been such a blessing."
"With any sport, you have to look at your seniors and see how they perform not only competitively, but also through leadership," Director Pierce added. "We had seven seniors that played well and played to their role on the team. We also saw several underclassmen that stepped in and played well throughout the season."
"We were 25-11 on the season," said Coach Sullivan. "That's a great record."
We at the EdmonsonVoice.com tip our caps to these fine young ladies, their parents, the coaches, and the volleyball boosters for a job well done. We've enjoyed covering their games and we expect more great things from them in the future. Congratulations on a very successful season.