Kiley Sanders

Barren County Kiley Sanders hits the ball in Monday's game against Franklin-Simpson high school. Photo by Jay Siskin/Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Streaks are meant to be broken, eventually. 

The Trojanettes will have to wait at least one more day to break theirs. 

Barren County encountered its second three-game losing streak of the season, falling to Franklin-Simpson high school in straight sets: 25-11, 25-14.  

The win by the Lady Wildcats increased their winning streak to three games. 

Despite the win, Franklin-Simpson head coach Megan Vincent expected more energy and focus from her team.

"They weren't as sharp as I wanted them to be," she said. "They were a little bit awkward in transitioning. Our passing and transitioning in our spots kept us from playing better than what we're capable of playing. They played a little bit down today."

Barren County started off in a tough spot. The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead at the beginning of the opening set, forcing Barren County head coach Robin McMurtrey to call an early timeout.

A bright spot in the first set for Barren County came from junior McKenzie England. She tallied her first ace of the game, cutting the Franklin-Simpson lead to 20-11.

Moments later, after several exchanges, Franklin-Simpson freshman Alera Barbee clinched the set with her first kill of the contest. As a team, the Wildcats found success serving over the net, tallying four aces in the first set. 

Barren County came out with energy in the second set, scoring the first four points thanks to a solid serving effort by England. 

"They got a little relaxed," Vincent said of her team in the beginning of the final set. "They get relaxed and they lose focus when that happens."

Franklin-Simpson centered its focus after that run, responding with eight straight scores of its own. The run was generated with three straight aces by sophomore Alexis Vaughn and a kill by Barbee. Vaughn's third ace forced McMurtrey to call her second timeout of the game. 

Vincent was impressed with her team's improvement in the serving category.

"Our serves were looking a lot better than they have been in recent games," she said. "We've been really drilling them about spot serving in practice and it showed in the game tonight."

The scoring run by the Wildcats came to a halt thanks to junior middle hitter Rita Holman. After exchanging hits, a tip by Holman squeaked by the Franklin-Simpson defense. 

Despite the scoreboard, the Trojanettes showed fight at times. 

With the score sitting at 20-11, sophomore Sarah Sneed dove on the floor to keep the ball in play for Barren County. The effort by Sneed ended with a point by her team. 

England led the way in serving for Barren County, finishing 10-for-10 with two aces. 

The Trojanettes are back in action on Tuesday against Metcalfe County at home. The game will begin at 5 p.m.

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