On Tuesday night, the Lady Flyers sailed to a 2-0 win over Owen County in a celebratory senior night.
But the following evening, Franklin County didn’t come out with the same spunk or consistency. FCHS faltered against Lexington Catholic losing 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-16) at home on Wednesday.
Head coach Wesley Vance said the performance was a “hangover” from the previous night.
“I don’t know why,” Vance said. “It seemed like we were unorganized for some reason. It was a hangover or whatever word you want to call it from last night. There were spurts, but we just couldn’t get it going.”
The Lady Flyers (18-13) stayed in the fight early in the first game with Lexington Catholic tying the match three times. But the Lady Knights took advantage of FCHS’ service errors and went on a dominating 6-0 run. Vance couldn’t get the momemtum back on his team’s side. Lexington Catholic won the first game 25-17.
“The physical effort was there, we just may have been a little off our game tonight,” Vance said. “Coaching wise it wasn’t my best effort either. It was one of those nights. It was a bad night.”
In the second game, FCHS was down as much as seven points and tried to rally. A set from senior Carrie Arrastia and kill from sophomore Taylor Blackwell tied the second game. But one service error from the Lady Flyers and Lexington Catholic took over again. This time the Lady Knights scored the next seven consecutive points, winning 25-18.
“We tied it and then one bad serve and they were back on us again,” Vance said. “If we have bad games, it usually comes down to our mistakes. We had the same amount of aces as we did errors. Then add on how many times we got aced. It is hard to win when your good plays are even with your mistakes. We need to find a better balance.”
In the third game, FCHS tied the match eight times with the Lady Knights, before putting the game out of reach. Lexington Catholic won the final game 25-16.
Vance said regardless of the loss, he still feels good about the district tournament in two weeks and playing Western Hills twice. The Lady Flyers will play WHHS next Tuesday and will also face them in the first round of district play.
“We’ll play them the first round of the district, and basically play them two times in a row,” Vance said. “We are rivals, but we’re friends. We want to play them and see Woodford again. Even though Woodford has beaten both of our teams twice, we feel like we competed against them.”