It wasn’t something Western Hills was doing wrong, it was what Woodford County was doing right.
The Lady Jackets were near perfect as Western Hills was swept 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-14) Thursday night at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.
“It was all Woodford,” WHHS coach Kristi Buffenmyer said. “They are tough, they are strong ... and the mistakes they did make, we didn’t capitalize on them. Once the kids got blocked a couple times and saw they were talking and moving quick or half a foot taller than them, that was it. They are disciplined. They’re a group of seniors and they are going to go far.”
The Lady Jackets (3-1) have won three straight and Buffenmyer said she has no doubts they’ll add many more victories by the end of the season.
“They’ve got a ton of power and a heck of an offense,” Buffenmyer said. “Their setting is phenomenal. They’ve got eight seniors and they have been together playing for four years. They’re rolling. There’s not a doubt in my mind that that’s a good team. I won’t be surprised if they get out of the region.”
Woodford County had a 23-15 advantage before junior Adrian Teegarden drilled a kill and a service ace to win the first set 25-15.
The Lady Wolverines (8-10) trailed the second set 6-1 while Woodford County continued to cruise.
Lady Jacket juniors Alexis McKee and Teegarden hit consecutive kills to take the second set 25-14.
“We definitely needed to mix up our sets and I told them that going into it,” Buffenmyer said. “I also told them that blocking was going to be crucial because if we don’t at least slow it down, our defenders weren’t going to have a chance.
“When we did go up and follow the ball, and get some blocks and touches on it, it gave the defense time to react but again we didn’t capitalize on it.”
Entering the third set, Buffenmyer adjusted the lineup, which allowed the
lineup, which allowed the Lady Wolverines to match Woodford County point for point, tying the game seven times.
With the game tied 12-12, three Western Hills mistakes started the Lady Jackets on a 9-0 run.
“I switched the lineup going into the third set and at first I think it was working and the kids realized, ‘OK this works,’ but then they got a couple of points on us and they were like, ‘This isn’t working. What do we do now? We are out of options,’” Buffenmyer said.
The Lady Jackets won 25-14 after two Western Hills mistakes.
“I do believe if we had fought like in some of our other games we could’ve gotten in their heads at least taken one from them, but we couldn’t get out of our own heads,” Buffenmyer said.
Buffenmyer said she saw signs that the Lady Wolverines hadn’t entirely recovered from a tournament they played last weekend at Barren County High School. In the Battle of the Barrens, Western Hills played seven games in two days.
“We won six games and lost one,” Buffenmyer said. “We were the No. 1 seed Friday night, we went 2-0, and then Saturday we went 4-0 and we went into the championship match seeded No. 1 and had no break. We started playing at 9 a.m. and played back-to-back-to-back until 6 p.m.
“The weekend went fantastic, but the kids were dropping and were wiped. The last game Saturday, we lost 25-15 and lost the second one 28-26 (to Allen County-Scottsville).”
If that wasn’t enough, the Lady Wolverines also played Madison Central Wednesday night at home, where they fell 3-1.
“Again they showed heart and desire, but they were exhausted and that’s why tonight was so tough on them.”