The rebuilding process for Western Hills' volleyball team started last season, and the Lady Wolverines are starting to see some results.
WHHS played its home opener Thursday night, falling to Tates Creek 28-26, 25-15.
"We played well Monday night at Boyle County," WHHS coach Kristi Buffenmyer said, "and we played well the first game tonight. I think with last year's rebuilding, this year we're starting to come together.
"We're like (Franklin) County," she added. "We're in a tournament this weekend, and I think that will make a big difference."
Western Hills and Franklin County are both playing in a tournament at Woodford County this weekend.
"These kids need confidence," Buffenmyer said. "They feel like they're in the shadow of the 'elite six,' as they call them. After the match tonight they said they weren't mad at each other, but they were mad at themselves for mistakes they made, and they couldn't get over that in the second game like they did in the first."
The "elite six" are the starters of Western Hills' state tournament team two years ago, all of whom graduated that year. Last year the team won three games at a Lexington Catholic tournament but didn't win a regular-season match.
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