Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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September 18, 2013

The comeback Comets

Sept. 18, 2013 — Before the season began, West Carter volleyball Coach Beverly Barker admitted her team was young and lacked varsity experience but they would get better as the season rolls along.

Last Thursday in Olive Hill, the Lady Comets got better.

West had to rally in every set to seal a signature and comeback victory over Boyd County 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 16-14).

West has taken some lumps during the season but Barker could not be more thrilled with the way her team played against the Lady Lions.

“That’s what they’ve been lacking. We got down 2-0 and we got down in that last set six points,” Barker said. “They had the desire, the heart to come through and win that game.

“I thought coming into this match that it would be an even (game) but at times we look lackadaisical,” said Barker. “But we picked it up and came back every set and that says a lot about maturing into a team.”

With the Lady Comets' backs against the wall, they clawed and scratched their way to steal points against Boyd County’s strong attack.

Barker is trying to instill a winning attitude to her team and Thursday night’s performance might be the breakout they needed to turn a corner.

“You have to hate losing and I don’t know if they have that in them,” Barker said. “You have to hate losing more than you love winning. I want them to have the desire to know that when you play a match that it does matter if you win or lose.”

Barker gives credit to sophomore setter Amber Bates for providing leadership at a time when West needed it.

“She had awesome serves, attacks and digs,” Barker said. “She did a great job for us.”

Barker said now is not the time to revert to the West Carter team at the beginning of the season.

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