Edmonson Voice Sport Staff
Darren Doyle, photos
It took all five sets and extra points to do it, but the Lady Cats muscled their way through a difficult game against their district foes, the Grayson County Lady Cougars 3-2 Tuesday night at ECHS.
Edmonson County got off to great start, winning the first set 25-14 thanks to an impressive 9-0 run that put the set out of reach for the Lady Cougars. No one knows where Grayson County's mojo was hidden during the first set, but they quickly found it for set two as they blistered the Lady Cats in a 15-3 start.
Lady Cat coach Haley Garmon was forced to use both timeouts before her girls could score three points. EC was able to put up a couple of nice runs but Grayson went on to win the set 25-21 and even up the game at 1-1.
Sets three and four were solid examples of good, old fashioned volleyball as both teams went back and forth, splitting the sets, and forcing a fifth and final set to 15.
Set five began with a 5-5 tie but EC quickly added three unanswered points, forcing Grayson County to call a timeout at 8-5. Grayson scored the next point but EC rattled off three more, again forcing the Lady Cougars to use their final timeout as the Lady Cats led 12-6.
EC's lead was cut to two at 13-11 and they called timeout to talk things over. The Lady Cougars clawed back in, tying things up at 14 all and took their first lead of the set on the next point. The Lady Cats showed poise and solid fundamental volleyball as a packed Wildcat Alley pep section cheered them on to the 18-16 set win and the game, 3-2.
"With winning two games on Saturday (in the Apollo Slam Down Tournament) and these, we're on a big winning streak," said Coach Haley Garmon. "The winning feeling is starting to stick and if feels good."
Junior Caitlyn Simon said it's always good to get a win, but one against Grayson County is better. "We knew it would be a tough game because it's Grayson County, but we pushed as hard as we could to come out on top," she said. "When you win the first set it gives you momentum for the rest of the game. Having our pep section behind us really helped tonight."
Mikayla Lindsey, also a junior, said she felt like the reason for a four game winning streak is because people are learning and embracing their roles, which has led to a much better team approach. "The tournament we were in over the weekend really helped," she said. "We're learning what we can do and how to play with each other. We can push each other hard without hurting feelings. The district win tonight is really big, especially after the loss to Trinity."
Coach Garmon says there are things they'll be working on today because there's nowhere to stop with another home game against Glasgow on Thursday. "We're going to be doing some conditioning and moving our feet. We're need to work on better use of our hands, but we'll come out strong on Thursday and hopefully, continue our winning streak."
The Lady Cats will take on Glasgow at home in a freshman, JV/Varsity match up beginning at 5pm.