A new season brings with it a new mentality for the Western Hills’ volleyball team.
“It’s been getting them past the ‘we don’t want to lose’ mentality to ‘we’re going to win’ and that is where we are at now,” said Western Hills head volleyball coach Kristi Buffenmyer.
The Wolverines went 6-4 in scrimmages, including the Bluegrass State Games, and carried that momentum into the first regular season game against George Rogers Clark. The Lady Wolverines won in straight sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-19) at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.
“Coming into this, they were fired up and knew that they could do it,” Buffenmyer said. “These kids have a ton of heart. They want to win and they are playing like they want to win. You can’t really coach heart and they got it. Throw in some technique and they’re good to go.”
After WHHS got off to a quick start to open the match, the Lady Cardinals answered with a 10-2 run to take a 13-11 lead. But the Lady Wolverines answered with five straight points in way to a 25-21 first set victory.
WHHS also came from behind in the second set. Trailing by seven points early at 13-6, the Lady Wolverines closed on a 19-4 run for the victory
“I’m just really proud of them and the hustle that they showed tonight, their charisma and to stay composed being down seven points to come back to take that second set,” Buffenmyer said.
With the score at 15-9, the Lady Wolverines scored 13 straight points, including 12 service points in a row by Amber Booth.
“She’s a senior captain and has tremendous leadership,” Buffenmyer said. “I just told her this is your gym and you’ve got to settle down and take control. When it was time for her to go back and serve, she did exactly that. She took control of the game.”
Booth’s teammates helped make the streak possible.
“Keeping her serving is a tribute to the other players on the team,” Buffenmyer said. “Taylor (Disponette) had some awesome hits on the outside that kept Amber serving back there and that made the difference.”
The third set remained close and with a 17-16 lead, WHHS finished on an 8-3 run to clinch the match.
The Lady Wolverines will be back in action Thursday when they play host to district rival Woodford County.