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Volleyball drops to Walton-Verona 2-1

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By Kristin Beck

The Lady Panthers volleyball team lost 2-1 to the visiting Lady Bearcats Monday night. It was the first match all season in which the girls played three games rather than five. Five games will be the new standard next season. However this year, district games are played to five, while conference games are played to three.

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“It felt like we played one game and then quit,” head coach Kristen Hooper said. “Matches are best out of three and this is the first of the season we played best out of three. They knew up front it was best out of three. I don’t know if they were just in that mentality of best of five or what is to blame. … You can’t dig yourself a hole because it’s so hard to come back.”

Carroll County won game one 25-18, but dropped two and three by scores of 25-11 and 25-15, respectively.

“I’m disappointed with tonight,” Hooper said. “I’m disappointed in the way we played; I’m disappointed in our lack of communication. It felt like we gave up on each other, which has yet to happen this year. I’m not 100 percent sure what caused it tonight, what caused us to give up on each other tonight, but we played very off tonight. We had a very off night, and it shows in our serve/receive in games two and three. Our serve/receive in game two and three was atrocious.”

In game one, Carroll’s serve/receive percentage was 80 percent, right on the mark of their team goal. However, that dropped to68 percent for games two and three.

“It felt like any time we started to get a little momentum, especially in that third game, we would shoot ourselves in the foot and miss a serve or make a silly hitting error, something along those lines that would kill our momentum,” she said.

Carroll will not have any time to dwell on this setback, however, as they take on Eminence away on Tuesday and will be home against Trimble Thursday.

“It’s being focused coming into games,” she said. “It’s talking to each other and being able to learn from your mistakes and putting a game behind you and realizing that a loss is a loss and you learn from it; that’s how you get better. It’s not something to sulk over, but you get over it and you move on.

“… I think the girls are frustrated with themselves. Very rarely do I have to tell them what they did wrong; they know.”

Kelly Layton led the team with a season-high five blocks, as well as five kills. Caitlyn Burke notched 10 assists, and Megan Harris had 10 digs.