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With each win, the Williamstown volleyball team is gaining more confidence.
The Lady Demons extended their win streak to eight to start their season after victories over Holmes on Aug. 27 and Western Hills on Aug. 28.
Williamstown controlled the match against Holmes, winning easily in two sets, 25-20 and 25-14.
“I’m reinforcing that every player has a specific job and we’re stressing that before each game,” coach Wes Staff said. “It’s working and helping the team stay focused for each game. It feels like everybody, from junior varsity to varsity, is having a blast and I think that’s huge for our confidence and I’m excited to see that.”
“We could have come out stronger and we need to improve on talking more, but it’s great with the way we’re winning now,” senior Chelsea Fitterer said. “It’s hard not to get too confident, but we realize we have to work hard every game.”
The Lady Demons were able to play all of their varsity players in the win and learned that for the girls who came off the bench to be successful, they will need more playing time on the varsity level.
“We lost a little bit of chemistry when the girls came off the bench, but that’s my fault for not having them play earlier in the season,” Staff said.
The girls are also working on their communication skills as the players would run into each other while going for the ball or let the ball drop in between them.
“We need to listen to one another so one person can take control and we struggle with that,” Staff said. “We’re working on that and if we don’t figure that out, it will hurt us.”
The Lady Demons played Western Hills in their first game of the Capital City Invitational, rallying for a three-set victory despite dropping the first set.
The girls were unable to keep their undefeated record as the next team they played, Boyle County, came away with a win. The Lady Demons then dropped their last three matches of the tournament, but Staff believes his team learned they can compete with bigger schools.
“I told the girls that we have to reflect on what we did and didn’t do well,” Staff said. “We learned that we can improve our footwork to get faster on our feet. The other teams talked more than we do and we can improve on our communication.”
“Even though we got our first loss, we played well with good teams,” junior Tori Wilhoit said. “I’m not disappointed because we played well, but we loved to be undefeated. We want to come back and show that we learned from the losses.”