West Carter put on an ace performance Monday night during the 16th Region volleyball tournament.
Their 3-0 win (25-9, 25-19, 25-13) over Greenup County during the first game of the regional tournament marks the program’s first regional victory.
“It is a big win for us, for that reason. We haven’t been a good tournament team in the past,” said head coach of the Lady Comets Christie Tackett.
“We have had good seasons and good records, but when it comes time to get it done, especially last year, we weren’t able to do that. This year we want to do that and we are going to be a little bit greedy. We are happy to get this first win, but we want more.”
Maybe it was last year’s disappointing end to their record breaking season, or maybe it was coach Tackett’s promise that the girls could pick her first tattoo if they bring home the region trophy. Whatever their motivator, the Lady Comets were hungry for the taste of victory.
“This season has been all about breaking records and pushing boundaries. This is our first win ever in a regional tournament in West Carter history. We want to keep breaking those records and pushing our boundaries. We keep doing that by pushing more and more in practice so we can push more and more in these game situations,” said junior setter Madison Adkins.
With sophomore Hailey James at the serve, the Lady Comets climbed to a 12-0 lead during the first set.
“We went 12-0 on them with her serve… She got it done for us. And to be so young, and to stay so focused, I am really proud of her,” said Tackett.
The jump start allowed the Lady Comets to breeze through the set unscathed. They defeated the Lady Musketeeers with minimal resistance, 25-9.
“It was a focus for us tonight. We wanted to come out strong. We didn’t want to come out slow. We feel like we play a lot better when we have a strong start. That worked out for us and we were able to keep that focus the whole game which helped,” said Tackett.
The Lady Comets’ serve continued to be an asset. A pair of aces from Madison Adkins assisted them in climbing to a seven point lead, 10-3, during the second set. Emily Adkins also added a pair of aces and Rebecca Stevens served up an ace late in the set.
The Lady Comets brought more than a serve to Monday night’s game. A balanced attack also provided exceptional offense. Attacks were made by Emily, Madison, Stevens, Brooklyn Carroll and Hailey Stone.
Junior Macie Inskeep and eighth grader Jenna Jordan entered from the bench in the third set to add to the Lady Comets offense. Inskeep had a solo block and two kills in the final set.
The Lady Comets took the first two points of the final set and held tight to the lead for the third straight set.
“You can’t over look anyone. It is the regional tournament and everyone is going to go out as hard as they can. You just have to play ever ball, play every point and stay aggressive,” said Emily Adkins.
The Lady Comets climbed to the game winning point amassing six more aces before the night’s end.
Madison Adkins, who tallied three aces during the final set, put the nail in the coffin with an ace 25-13.
The Lady Comets faced the winner of the Boyd County versus Fleming County game in the first game of the 16th Region semifinals last Wednesday night at Rowan County Senior High School.