It was a depleted Western Hills volleyball team that faced a much improved Eminence squad Tuesday at WHHS' Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.
The result was a 25-20, 25-19 victory for the Lady Warriors, who have lost just once this season. Eminence now has a 12-1-2 record with its lone loss coming at Restoration Christian in Indiana. Last season EHS finished at 10-12.
The Lady Wolverines, meanwhile, have struggled with sickness.
"We've lost kids to illness," WHHS coach Kristi Buffenmyer said. "One's out with mono, one's out with strep throat, and one's out with a viral infection, and two of those folks are seniors. We're trying to piece together a varsity team."
Western Hills fell behind 11-5 midway through the first game Tuesday but pulled within two points, the last time at 19-17.
In the second game Eminence jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind the serve of Clorissa Watkins, but WHHS came back to tie the game at 4-all. The Lady Warriors then scored the next seven points for an 11-4 advantage and stayed in control for the rest of the game.
Western Hills is trying to get people healthy in time for a run at the post-season.
"We're filling spaces and coming together as a team," Buffenmyer said. "We have a seventh grade player who's doing a fantastic job who just moved here from West Virginia, and I've pulled up five JV kids and that seems to be working pretty well."
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