With three regular-season matches remaining, Franklin County’s volleyball team is in a good spot.
The Lady Flyers defeated Owen County 25-20, 25-15 Tuesday at FCHS with good serves, improved net play and well-placed hits.
“It’s coming around nicely,” FCHS coach Wesley Vance said about his team’s play at the net. “The girls are more aggressive, but they’re doing it under control.
“Our setters are doing a really good job giving our hitters some nice balls to hit. Our passing tonight was excellent.”
Tuesday’s match was shortened to the best two-out-of-three games because it was Senior Night for the Lady Flyers.
The FCHS seniors – Carrie Arrastia, Lauren Colston, Morgan Hanna, Marybeth Mucci, Cara Steitz and Angela Wickman – all started Tuesday night.
“That hasn’t been our normal rotation of late,” Vance said. “Some of our younger players offered to sit out to get all the seniors plenty of playing time.
“Everyone played, and they all played so well I wouldn’t hesitate to use that lineup twice.”
Franklin County lost the first point of the first game and was tied at 1-1, but once it took the lead kept it the rest of the way.
The Lady Flyers went ahead 5-2 behind Mucci’s serving and kept the lead at three in the early stages of the game. The advantage grew to seven points, the last time at 22-15.
Owen County (13-16-1) cut the lead to four, 23-19, but couldn’t get closer.
FCHS (17-13) took an early lead and cruised in the second game, winning 25-15. The final margin was the Lady Flyers’ largest lead of the game.
“Our serving was really good,” Vance said. “It was a good all-around game.”
“We practice serving every day we have practice,” Colston said, “and our serving has been really good all season. We like to mix it up and move the other team around.”
Franklin County also used several angled shots at the net to catch the Lady Rebels off guard as the ball landed in bounds on the sidelines.
“In practice we work on hitting around the block,” Colston said. “We look at the block when we go up to hit and try to hit around it.” The Lady Flyers get another chance to work on that tonight as they host Lexington Catholic in a best three-out-of-five match.