CAVERNA — The Caverna Lady Colonels scored the first three points of the volleyball match Tuesday night in their season-opener against visiting Barren County.
With senior Yasmeen Carver serving, Caverna scored seven straight points to take an 11-3 advantage and would lead the first set 12-5 before Barren County answered with its own run.
Barren County went on a 6-0 streak to take a 19-13 lead in the first set, and Caverna was unable to bounce back. Barren County won the first set 25-17 and won the match 2-0 behind some great serving and the Trojanettes' ability to rally from an early deficit.
"We finally got in a groove," Barren County coach Robin McMurtrey said.
Over the first two games of the season, Barren County(2-0) has played three different lineups. The Trojanettes graduated several key players from last season's squad, and have some new players to fit into the rotation.
"I think once they figured out the new rotation, they were a little more comfortable," McMurtrey said.
McKeeya Faulkner started the second set for Caverna with an ace, but Barren County responded with a 4-0 run to take the lead.
The Lady Colonels came back with a run of their own, taking a 6-4 advantage before a kill by Shadda Wood stopped the momentum.
Barren County junior Carlie Stephens then stepped up to serve, and three aces later, Barren County held an 8-6 advantage.
"Serving is huge in this game," McMurtrey said. "It's kind of like free throws — it's just you and the ball."
Hannah Doyle scored another point for Barren County with a nice put away that further fueled what would be a 12-0 Barren County run in the second set.
Lanna Hensley came up with a nice play to halt the Trojanette spurt, but Barren County quickly regained serve. Barren County ended the set on a 9-1 run to pick up the road win.
Despite the loss, first-year Caverna coach Lexee Wilson said the Lady Colonels can take pride in how they performed in their first match of the season.
"I couldn't be more proud of this team, from the start to the finish," Wilson said. "Our biggest thing is, when we make an error, we need to learn to bounce back quicker. Other than that, I couldn't be more proud of these girls."
Both teams will be in action next on Thursday. Caverna hosts Metcalfe County at 5:30 p.m. while Barren County travels to Russellville for a 5:30 p.m. match.
Wilson said her younger players must look to the seniors for leadership, as her goal is to build the Caverna program for this season and the future.
"For a lot of these girls, tonight was their first game of volleyball, ever. Hopefully their nervous jitterbugs are gone and Thursday night, we'll be ready to take on Metcalfe County," she said.
McMurtrey is also charged with steering a young team, though she believes they will be in the mix for the District 15 title if they play together and improve each week.
"I think we're going to be OK, and most importantly, I think they've figured out if we can play together, we'll be a pretty good team," she said.