Although Western Hills didn’t win its match against Anderson County, the team didn’t quit fighting.
Western Hills fell 3-1 (24-26, 18-25, 25-22, 25-27) to Anderson County Thursday night at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.
“It was one of those things where we were up the whole time and they got a couple of rolls on us, but we didn’t quit. We kept fighting,” WHHS coach Kristi Buffenmyer said.
Buffenmyer said it was “a huge difference” from how the Lady Wolverines played two days earlier at Franklin County when they were swept in three sets.
“Overall from Tuesday night against County, it was a huge difference,” she said. “We switched our lineup and tweaked our lineup again. We worked on our coverage. We didn’t have a hard practice, but after we tweaked the lineup, we ran over it for about 45 minutes and it went really well.”
The lineup switch allowed WHHS to battle back from a six-point deficit to pull within two points after a service ace by junior Amber Booth to make the score 22-20 in the Lady Bearcats’ favor.
Anderson County called a timeout before returning to the floor capitalizing on the next two series for a game-point situation. Western Hills scored the next four points to tie the set at 24-24.
ACHS junior outside hitter Baylee McKenzie answered with a kill followed by a WHHS timeout. WHHS senior Devon Edwards hit the ball out of bounds to give ACHS the first set victory.
In the second set, Western Hills (0-2) trailed from start to finish as the Lady Bearcats hammered the ball down for a 25-18 win.
Down two sets, the Lady Wolverines rallied to tie the third at 13-13 and later take the lead. ACHS (1-1) tied the game at 17-17 on a service ace by sophomore Amanda Buffin.
Buffin followed with a service error giving the Lady Wolverines a slight advantage. A third game victory with a score of 25-22 kept WHHS’ hopes alive.
Buffenmyer said she was extremely proud of her girls battling back to stay in the match.
“Darby Taylor had some fantastic passes and digging stuff all over the floor,” Buffenmyer said. “Rachael Hudson, our setter, she did a great job. We put her in a new position blocking and she did a great job transitioning and going after everything. I think they all gave all they had.”
Western Hills entered the fourth game with a 6-1 advantage, until the Lady Bearcats tied the game at 11-11. The two teams had eight more ties making the score 25-25.
On the next point, sophomore Amy Mauer hit the ball into the net giving ACHS the opportunity to serve for match-point. Junior Rachal Swartz served an ace to give the Lady Bearcats the victory.
“We had the ball and we were doing pretty well, when we chased the ball down and it went into the net, I think that’s when the momentum shifted to Anderson County,” Buffenmyer said. “I don’t think we gave up but the momentum definitely shifted to Anderson County, especially being on this side of the court and all the (ACHS) fans cheering. I think it really hurt us.”
Buffenmyer said she’s really looking forward to the next few weeks with her team. The more time they spend together the better they get, she said.
“I can’t wait. This weekend we’re going to play two games (today) and four games Saturday over at Centre College,” Buffenmyer said. “They’ll get to work this lineup for six games so I’m really excited. The kids are going to get to have a good match up, and then we’ll have Shelby County, Bryan Station and then another tournament.”
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