The Franklin-Simpson Lady Cats' Volleyball Team picked up their second 13th District win of the season with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-10 and 25-14) over the Russellville Lady Panthers. With the win, Franklin-Simpson improves to 2-0 in the district as Russellville falls to 0-2 in district play.
"We've had two weeks now with four games played in each week," Lady Cats head coach Megan Vincent said. "Would like to know who scheduled it that way but in all seriousness, we can get some practice time in and clean up some things. Rest, rehabilitate and boost up our motivation."
"We did well with our serves and our communication but we came out and played down to the competition instead of playing to our best ability," Meadow Hall said. "For us, we must play to our best ability, no matter who the opponent is and become a much better team because of that."
The Lady Cats trailed for most of the set but rallied to take the lead at 17-16 due to the Lady Panthers being out of rotation. From there,senior Maddie Squires served out the remainder of the set. She got a couple of kills from senior Shelby Johnston, who also had a freeball, and junior Erica Stradtber, who also had a touch, and closed out the set with two aces for a 25-16 win.
Even though they won the set, Vincent was not pleased with the slow start from the Lady Cats.
"Not pleased with how the match started," Vincent said. "It seemed like we played safe and I was hoping not to see us play safe. But with the way Russellville was lining up, I then decided to start rotating a lot of players in and out to mix things up."
"I feel like that we came out expecting to win and we shouldn't do that," Rylie Spears said. "We got to come out ready to go and we just need to come out and start like the way we finished."
Franklin-Simpson dominated the second set as Russellville committed 16 unforced errors as Johnston and Stradtner each had two touches for the 25-10 second set victory.
The Lady Cats closed out the match as it was a complete team win as everyone contributed in the 3rd set. Senior Cassidy Eversole had two kills with two aces each from Squires, junior Fantasia Suggs and Stradtner as they won the third set 25-14, winning all three sets for the match.
"We started off slow and that is something we should not do but we did," Shelby Johnston said. After the slow start, we started to get things going, thanks to Coach V and the incentives, late in the first and the remainder of the game. We all did pretty well serving but we need to work on some things to keep improving."
F-S 25 25 25 3
RHS 16 10 14 0
(F-S) Aces: Squires 4, Stradtner 2, Suggs 2, Hall, Johnston
Kills: Barbee 3, Eversole 2, Johnston 6, Squires, Stradtner
Free ball: Johnston 3, Spears
Touch: Stradtner 3, Barbee, Johnston