Darren Doyle, story and pics
The Edmonson County Lady Cat Volleyball team won it’s 8th game in a row last night as they defeated Allen County-Scottsville 2-1 last night to move up to a no. 2 ranking in the 3rd Region.
“Last year, we battled with this same team and ended up losing in the last season game,” said senior Morgan Miller. “We knew we deserved to win and we were determined to prove that. We all wanted to turn a 7 game winning streak into 8!”
The Lady Cats jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set but let ACS score the next 6, as they fell behind, 7-6. After a few back-and-forths, the score was tied at 10 all and remained close when coach Brad Sullivan called timeout as the Lady Patriots took a 18-17 lead. He was forced to call another timeout as ACS began to create some space with a 23-19 lead. The Lady Cats couldn’t gain control as they lost the first set 25-21.
As out of sorts as the Lady Cats looked at times during the first set, they had little trouble taking care of business in the next two sets.
“All that was going through our heads was how we could move up to 2nd in our region,” said senior Morgan Skaggs. “After losing the first set we knew we had to put everything on the court in order to get a win, and that’s just what we did, we got our heads straight and played our game.”
Indeed they did, as they wasted no time taking control of the second set, jumping out to a 7-1 lead, forcing an ACS timeout. After giving up a few points, EC went on a 10-2 run and established a commanding a 18-8 lead.
The Lady Patriots would outscore the Lady Cats 12-7 through the remainder of the set, but couldn’t overcome the early deficit as ECHS won 25-20.
The final set remained close up until a 10-10 tie. The Lady Cats then went on a 11-5 run as they held a 21-15 lead. It would be the difference in the set and the game as they finished off the Lady Patriots 25-18.
Senior MaryChris Waddell said the first set was a tough battle, but starting the match with a loss actually proved to be motivation for the remainder of the game.
"After we overcame the second game I knew we weren't going to lose," said senior Laney Meredith. "A chance for an 8 game winning streak was too good to break."
Sophomore Mikayla Lindsey said the girls weren't communicating in the first set, which she said was a big part of the game. "In the second and third sets we started to talk and that made a big difference in our performance," she said.
Coach Brad Sullivan said he enjoyed the win tonight, especially since ACS beat the Lady Cats during their last meeting. "They were hard to figure out with their serve," he said. "We needed to play a tough team to stay sharp. It wasn't our best, but we'll take the win."
He also gave credit to the JV and Freshmen teams, both of which enjoyed wins, with the Freshmen team winning their first match of the year. "Great win for our Freshmen, too. They played well along with our JV team which also enjoyed a good win."
The Lady Cats are now 13-3 on the year. They travel to Warren Central on Monday for a F/JV/Varsity game beginning at 5pm.