The way the Franklin County Lady Flyers volleyball team played in its first game on Monday night didn’t mirror the second or third — a good thing for head coach Wesley Vance.
FCHS (16-11) was able to increase its lead to five points before the Lady Titans fought their way back to tie the game at 17, and tie the score three more times. The Lady Flyers caught a break off of Collins’ errors to win 26-24.
“I don’t know what it was,” Vance said of their first game. “It was a lot of the errors we used to make, just not keeping the ball in play. Once we calmed down, it was nice.”
Vance said it may have something to do with the fact that the Flyers were coming off of a three game losing streak in the Central Hardin Queens of the Court tournament last weekend.
In the second game, the Lady Flyers went up 10 points on Collins and only allowed their opponent to score 11 points. A kill from senior Angela Wickman gave FCHS the 25-11 win to go up 2-0 on the Lady Titans.
Vance said the second game win gave his team the reaffirmed confidence they were looking for. In the third, FCHS continued its domination letting the Lady Titans only score nine points. FCHS won the final game 25-9.
“We played tough teams on Saturday morning. A loss is a loss, coming off of three straight and being able to play like this, it shows some confidence in their playing abilities and they’re comfortable playing with each other.”
With the regular season reaching its end, Vance said he is pleased with where the team is now.
“I’m so happy,” he said. “This weekend, we messed around with the lineups. First match this weekend, we were sluggish. I put in a smaller lineup to make us faster and it worked. We put Lauren Colston in the middle and that is really working out there. We put Ashleigh Luebbers on the outside and she gets much better looks on her attacks.
“The rotation we have now cuts down on some of the girls playing time, but it is a very solid lineup. It is maximizing our assets.”
Vance said he’ll keep the new lineup against two tough opponents in Lexington Christian tonight and Woodford County on Thursday.
“We have a tough test with LCA and Woodford County on Thursday,” the coach said.
FCHS met both teams the last weekend in August and lost to both. Against Lexington Christian, the Lady Flyers fell 0-2 (25-16, 25-17) and versus Woodford, they lost 1-3 (14-25, 26-24, 19-25, 18-25).
“LCA is big,” Vance said. “They have two or three girls six foot or taller. We saw them at a tournament a couple weeks ago and I think we may have played a little timid. I think we are comfortable right now and put on a nice effort.
“Hopefully we look better than last time. No excuses or anything with us being sick last time, but we still should have played better. Hopefully we can get that monkey off our back as far as Woodford County.”