Western Hills’ volleyball team has now beaten two teams this year for the first time since 2008. And to add to the feat, they have both been district foes.
Last week WHHS defeated Woodford County and added a victory over Franklin County Tuesday.
The Lady Wolverines won in four sets 25-18, 25-14, 15-25, 25-20 at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium to end a 15-game losing streak to the Lady Flyers.
“The kids were ready to play Franklin County for the real deal,” said WHHS head coach Kristi Buffenmyer. “They played them in the Bluegrass State Games and beat them, but it didn’t really count for anything. So they were pretty fired up to come out here and get it over as quickly as they possibly could. This has really been a long time coming for them.”
WHHS grabbed control of the first set with a 5-0 run that gave them a 9-4 lead. The Lady Flyers never got closer than four points in the set after that run.
In the second set with a 9-8 lead, the Lady Wolverines went on an 8-0 run to take charge and closed the set on a 6-1 run.
FCHS was able to force a fourth set. The Lady Flyers went on a 12-2 run when trailing 9-8 on the way to a third set victory.
“In the first two sets we couldn’t keep the ball in play,” said FCHS head coach Wesley Vance. “We were so unbalanced half of the time. We played well in the third set. If we played steady ball like we did the third set, we would have been good.”
The fourth set remained close throughout. WHHS grabbed the lead for good at 11-10. FCHS kept it close, never trailing by more than three points, until WHHS scored four straight points when holding a 20-18 lead.
“The problem is that we’ve played nine games in six days and they are so fatigued right now,” Buffenmyer said. “They really had to dig deep to pull this match out.”
Both teams will have away matches on Thursday. WHHS (7-3) will play at Bryan Station, while FCHS (1-3) will be at Anderson County.