GLASGOW – After taking a commanding 15-3 lead in the first set of Tuesday night’s contest between Hart County and Glasgow, the Lady Raiders handily swept the Lady Scotties in two straight sets (25-13, 25-12).
The loss drops the Lady Scotties to 8-11 on the season, and its their third loss in the last four games. Glasgow’s regional record manages to go unscathed as Hart County is from the Fifth Region.
“We just weren’t tough defensively,” coach Caitlin Rigdon said of her Lady Scotties. “The errors that we made were aggressive errors, which I was OK with, but as far as defense goes – they out-defended us, and they out-passed us. Their offense wasn’t anything spectacular, but we couldn’t pass the ball to run ours.”
While the offense of the Lady Raiders did not depend on spectacular kills, they did play mostly mistake-free volleyball. They jumped out to an early 10-2 lead in the first set, which forced a Glasgow timeout.
Unfortunately for the Lady Scotties, the timeout did not do much to stop Hart County’s momentum. The Lady Raiders saw their lead increase to 22-11 before a kill by Glasgow’s Anzley Adwell gave the Lady Scotties a bright spot before the end of the set.
The second set featured early competitive play between the two teams as Glasgow actually jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
However, more Lady Scottie mistakes gave the Lady Raiders an 11-6 advantage. An excellent kill from junior Hannah Pippen momentarily stopped the visiting team’s run, but Hart County would further increase their lead to 19-8.
Pippen went into the match second on the team in kills (58) and first in blocks (13). Senior Casey Robinson currently leads Glasgow in kills with 67.
Despite the impressive spurt by the Lady Raiders’ in the second set, the play of Lady Scottie senior setter Zoe Proffitt caught the attention of her coach.
“I really feel like our senior setter really hustled harder then I’ve ever seen her hustle,” Rigdon said. “There were some moments when we were hustling, but it just wasn’t coming together for us.”
The defeat for Glasgow comes right after an impressive sweep of Cumberland County on Monday night (25-14, 25-17). It was truly a tale of two teams for Rigdon as the team she saw take the court on Tuesday night looked very different from the one that played on Monday.
“The energy (was the difference),” Rigdon said. “Our team’s energy when we’re not on top is going to be low. I felt like last night they had a little bit more mojo going for them. Tonight they just started off on a bad foot, and they couldn’t make up for it.”
Next up for the Lady Scotties is a district, cross-town showdown with the Barren County Trojanettes. The match will take place on Thursday night at Barren County High School at 5 p.m.