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Volleyball falls to S. Oldham, 2-0

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By Kristin Beck

Serve-receive and killing errors continued to be an issue for the Lady Panthers as the Lady Dragons of South Oldham put together three long strings of serving points in their 2-0 win Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Carroll.

“Obviously wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for, but I think it’s a step in the right direction,” volleyball head coach Kristen Hooper said. “Comparing last night (against Trimble) to tonight, we had a totally different team on the court. The score doesn’t show that, but we really did. They talked, they communicated so much more. Passing wasn’t where it needed to be between serve/receive and digs just in general, but we looked faster on our defense, we looked faster on our offense and we had a better attitude coming out.”

The Lady Panthers held a slight 5-3 lead early in game one. After turning the ball over to the Lady Dragons, senior Mary Dye rattled off eight straight points, including one ace. With the score 16-8, South Oldham junior Kaylee McCartney scored seven in a row on one Lady Dragon kill and six Lady Panther errors. The final score was 25-9.

In game two, Carroll was within two points when McCartney came back around to serve. She stretched the visitors’ lead back out to 17-6, and the Lady Dragons won 25-13.

Hooper said having one server score multiple points in a row definitely kills any kind of momentum that may have been built. “They were excellent at hitting their serving spots,” she said.

Highlights for the Lady Panthers include five assists for junior Caitlyn Burke and two kills apiece for senior Celess Parson and sophomore Kristen Amick. Senior Leah Chandler also registered a kill.

With multiple games scheduled in a week, Hooper said she and the team have to make the most of their time in order to correct their mistakes. “I like to start out practice with a focus, let the girls know my focus and then go from there,” she said. “Once, in practice, it looks like it’s supposed to look, then we move on to something else. Tomorrow, our focus will be, first of all, serve/receive. We’re going to serve/receive a lot tomorrow. Going forward with that, we’ll be doing a lot of defense. Between those two things, that’s what killed us (against Trimble and South Oldham).”

Despite the early season losses, Hooper said she sees a lot of potential in her team and will work on helping them to celebrate the good moments and not dwell on the bad.

“Although the score looks bad, we knew what we were doing on the court and that’s what’s important,” she said. “We’re moving in the right direction, so I think that helps to push us to a win.”