HORSE CAVE — Caverna held a 4-3 lead in its first set against Barren County on Tuesday at Caverna High School.
But after tying up the game at 4-4, the Trojanettes took the lead and never gave it back — though the Lady Colonels battled until they eventually fell 25-18 in the first set.
Barren County then overpowered Caverna in the second set and won the outing 25-9.
“I thought we just decided that we’re just going to play on our side and quit worrying about the other side,” Barren County coach Robin McMurtrey said after the match. “Which is what we have to do.
“We can’t play like other teams play. We just have to do what we know to do, and I thought we played a cohesive game.”
McMurtrey said she liked how her players were able to minimize their mistakes.
“I thought our serving was better tonight,” she said, adding that senior middle hitter McKenzie England did a much better job of “seeing where she should try to do things.”
“Tonight’s the night you should do those things,” McMurtrey said. “Do those things in a non-district match where you can see what you can and can’t do.”
Tuesday’s victory marks the second win in a row for the Trojanettes, who defeated Cumberland County (25-16, 25-14) on Monday.
After winning a competitive first set, McMurtrey said her players found a way to turn up their intensity in the second.
“They don’t want to play three (sets),” she said. “If we win the first one, we just want to finish in two. We don’t want to have to go three.
“I think they just decided, ‘Let’s just finish it and go home.’”
McMurtrey added that the Trojanettes just looked a lot better in the second set.
“I felt like they were just more upbeat,” she said. “I felt like they really had a lot more enthusiasm — and they looked like they were having fun.”
The Lady Colonels entered Tuesday’s match coming off of a loss at Metcalfe County (25-18, 25-19) on Monday.
“First home game, you have to expect the jitters,” Caverna coach Elle Ford said after Tuesday’s match. “But I think that we played pretty well.
“First set of our first (home) game was one heck of a fight. For some reason these girls like to come from behind, and they tried their hardest, but we just couldn’t pull out this one.”
Ford said she’s trying to get her players to break one of their old habits of passing to the middle.
“We’re trying to pass to our target now and let our setter take that second ball,” she said. “That’s our biggest downfall right now.
“Moving forward, we just need to figure out how to keep our spirits high and cheer each other on.”
Both teams return to action on Thursday, with Caverna (0-2) hosting LaRue County and Barren County (2-1) traveling to Russellville.