By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Oct. 9, 2013 — East and West Carter have seen their fare share of battles over the years. Whether it’s on the field or on the court, there always seems to be one point where the game turns for one of these two teams.
On Monday night in Olive Hill, it was East’s Jordyn Wiler’s serving that gave her team a victory over their rival.
Wiler scored 18 straight points in the second set off her serves as East Carter defeated West Carter 3-0 (25-22, 25-8, 25-8).
“Her serves were very good,” East volleyball coach Cathy Harris said. “She had been struggling with it for a little while but now I think she’s gotten past that. You want that out of your server.”
Because of fall break, the Lady Raiders (11-8) had not been inside a gym in a week. It took the first set to shake off the rust. Once East got going, they ran all the way to the end of the third set to sweep the Lady Comets.
East Carter jumped out to a 23-16 lead in the first set only to see West claw its way back into the first set. The Lady Comets ultimately fell 25-22.
“We seem to find ourselves in that position a lot,” West volleyball coach Bev Barker said. “Sometimes we are able to dig ourselves out of that hole and sometimes it just gets worse. I thought we had some good sets in the first set.”
Barker added: “What hurt us so bad was our back row wasn’t ready. When Jordyn Wiler was serving, we just fell to pieces.”
“West has really improved,” Harris said. “They have some talented players and you can really tell they are improving and I want our district play to improve.”
A similar situation happened last week against Rowan County where one of their servers put 22 straight points on the Lady Comets. Barker feared the same was happening again.
“We did finally break the serve and made some good plays but sometimes they don’t think they can beat the East Carters, the Rowan Countys, the Russells,” Barker said. “It’s something in their mindset they need to get rid of.”
Barker was impressed with the way her team battled in the first set. She just wants them to put it all together for three sets.
“After the first set, it looked like we were competing. But we just fell flat in the second set,” Barker said. “I just want to see my team compete.”
There are less than two weeks left of the regular season and Harris wants more out of her team.
“We have some improvement to make,” Harris said. “We’ve lost to some very tough teams and we needed some rest but now it is time for us to move forward.”
West Carter has two more matches at home, including one Tuesday night against Lawrence County and one Thursday against Fleming County. They will travel to Berea on Saturday.
East Carter continued its five-game road trip Tuesday night at Ashland. They go to Lewis County on Thursday and participate in the Belfry Bash on Saturday.
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