HEBRON ESTATES - Scoring the first nine points of the second game, the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars reversed a first game loss to the North Bullitt Lady Eagles, forging ahead and winning 23-25, 25-9, 25-19 Tuesday in local volleyball action.
The win was the second this season for Bullitt Central over their county rivals and put them into the third slot in the district seeding standings. The Lady Cougars will now open district play against the loser of this week’s match between Bullitt East and Spencer County in Mount Washington.
North Bullitt will now be the fourth seed in the post-season tournament and will take on the winner of the Bullitt East vs. Spencer County meeting.
Bullitt Central will play host to Bullitt East on Tuesday of this week in the final regular season intra-county match.
The Lady Eagles appeared to be in good position to snap a recent losing skid after winning the final five points of the first game. Bullitt Central quickly reversed that momentum when sophomore Chelsea Staples stepped behind the endline to start the serve in the second game for the Lady Cougars. Staples and her teammates won nine straight points including three on service ‘aces’ to take control of the match.
“I just told them to play to their potential,” first-year Bullitt Central head coach Jennifer Romine said of her talk between the first and second games. “We tend to play to our opponents’ potential and not our own. We had to regroup and then get refocused.”
For Romine, who took over a team that won just twice the previous season, this match wasn’t about the seeding standings. The coach just wants her team to keep winning, something they have done ten times now this season.
“I just want them to win matches,” Romine said. “We’ll be wherever we will be (in the tournament). We have been close to (beating) Spencer County the second time. Hopefully, we’re building on that.”
North Bullitt head coach Jeanette Pryor feels that her team is getting better despite just two wins this season. She thinks her team is showing flashes of their ability, but they are still coming up short on consistency.
“We tend to get stuck,” the coach said of her team with just one senior. “We keep running into roadblocks and we can’t overcome some tings. I think when we struggle that we tend to dwell on the mistakes. We need to push forward and try not to dwell on the last play.”
After the quick start in the second game by Bullitt Central, that score was never close. From 9-0 the Lady Cougars had leads of 14-2 and 19-3 before coasting to the 25-9 win.
North Bullitt did battle back to take a 4-2 lead in the third game, but Bullitt Central scored 13 of the next 16 points to take control of the match again. Bullitt Central was up 20-11 after Staples served for four straight team points. The Lady Eagles did get back to within 21-15, forcing Romine to use a time-out, but that was as close as the home team could get.
Bullitt Central is now 10-9 heading into this week’s match against Bullitt East. Only three of the losses have come in regular season matches with the other six coming in tournaments.
“I’m pretty proud of the accomplishment,” Romine said of going from two wins to ten with three weeks still remaining in the regular season. “We feel pretty good about ourselves right now.”
North Bullitt will have a busy weekend coming up as they try to improve. Pryor’s team will play in the Elizabethtown Invitational on Saturday. Bullitt East is also in that event.