The Western Hills volleyball team got off to a fast start against Lexington Catholic Thursday, but was unable to keep the momentum in a four-set loss to the Lady Knights (21-25, 25-8, 25-14, 25-17) at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.
“The kids are coming out fired up and winning those first sets against these teams that normally dominate us,” head coach Kristi Buffenmyer said. “They’re fighting with them and winning that first set and then it’s kind of like a shock.
“We took a set off of them so now we know. We know they are beatable. We know if we draw them in the region, we’ve taken a set off of them so we will believe we will be able to beat them. That’s what we’re doing is preparing for postseason play.”
Trailing 9-7 in the first set, the Lady Wolverines went on a 7-0 run with six straight service points, including two straight aces, by freshman Reagan Napier.
“It gave us a boost and it is cool to see a freshman come in and take care of business like that,” Buffenmyer said. “The team is getting behind her and getting behind her hits and serves out there on that right side.”
Lexington Catholic was able to get within a point later in the opening set but was never able to draw even or gain the lead. But after the first set, the Lady Knights controlled the match.
“We felt like we had control,” WHHS senior Emily Crowe said. “We let them get back into the game and didn’t play the same way we had in the first set.”
Lexington Catholic opened the second set scoring 20 of the first 22 points. And in the third set, holding a 10-9 lead, the Lady Knights went on an 11-2 run.
In the fourth set, the Lady Knights again took control early, jumping out to an 18-5 lead. The Lady Wolverines finished strong by outscoring the Lady Knights 12-7 in the remainder of the set, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
“We always play with heart,” WHHS senior Amber Booth said. “Even when we are down, we get behind whoever is serving and try to keep going. We gave it our all.”
The Lady Wolverines (7-6) will look to end a three-game skid Tuesday when they play an away match against Madison Central.