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As a test case for what might be coming soon to high school volleyball, the Grant County and Bourbon County volleyball teams decided to experiment.
The teams played a best of five match and the Lady Braves made the most of their opportunity, coming away with a four-set victory, winning 25-20, 25-20, 25-27 and 25-22 on Sept. 10.
“For the varsity level, I think it’s important because if we’re trying to make a move for our players to go to the college level, it’s important for them to see how much more endurance and stamina it takes to play that game,” coach Kelli Lee said.
“It was a new experience, but it challenged our conditioning, physically and mentally,” senior Dawn Plunkett said. “We knew that although we had won the first two sets, it still wasn’t over. We knew we couldn’t celebrate yet. It pushed us to work harder because we knew we couldn’t stop.”
Before the Lady Braves played Scott County on Sept. 8, they changed their defense from a rover defense to a rotational defense. Although Grant County lost in two sets, Lee saw a change in her team that carried over into their match against Bourbon County.
“They have bought into the defense and the players are picking up balls that we wouldn’t have before,” Lee said. “Their feet are moving more and they are reading the ball more effectively.”
“The change in defense has made such a huge difference,” Plunkett said. “We have to move our feet more which makes us stop watching the ball. When one person moves, we all have to move and it keeps us alert.”
The Lady Braves will play best of five again later in the season when they travel to Western Hills on Sept. 29.