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Last season, it took about a month for the Williamstown volleyball team to earn their first win. This season, it took a little over an hour.
The Lady Demons started their season with a three-set victory over Walton-Verona, winning 20-25, 27-25 and 25-12 on Aug. 11.
“It feels good. I told the girls we need to take the momentum into the next game and play 100 percent every time,” coach Wes Staff said. “To beat anyone in our district, especially this early in the season, it shows to me that our girls are working hard.”
The Lady Demons started slow, dropping the first set, but came back to take control in the second set. Walton-Verona rallied to make it close in the second, but Williamstown was able to hold them off to force the third set. The Lady Demons controlled the final set on their way to winning their season opener.
“We had a problem with starting slow and a lot of bad passes starting out,” Staff said. “I burned a timeout within the first five minutes of the first varsity game because I knew that we could beat this team. I knew that we would come back.
“I think it gives the girls a lot of confidence, because we’ve progressed from last year already,” Staff said. “We did well blocking and Tori Wilhoit did a tremendous job. Our team, as a whole, is getting better at blocking at the net and defense.”
Williamstown followed with a win at Carroll County, again winning in three sets, 22-25, 26-24 and 25-21 on Aug. 13.
“Carroll came out strong and there was a lot of hype that they were going to be a strong team,” Staff said. “But we were able to pull out a victory. We had a lot of strong hitting and our blocking is getting better. Defensively, I was proud of the team and the varsity is already running our offense.”
Against Owen County on Aug. 14, the Lady Demons only needed two sets, coming away with a 25-23 and 25-18 victory.
“One of our biggest problems, even though we’re winning, is that we’re getting off to slow starts,” Staff said. “Our offense is giving us a chance to get more hits at the net. There’s a big chemistry difference this year. They’re playing better together and the fact that we’re winning helps encouraging positive attitudes.”
“This first week, we’ve come out strong, but we need to continue being positive and keep the intensity up for every game,” senior Taylor Eldridge said. “We’ve shown ourselves that we can win. When we get down, we know we can push back. We push each other to do our best.”
The Lady Demons take on county rival Grant County on Aug. 20, as both teams are coming together for Survivor Smash. The proceeds from the event will go to breast cancer research.
“Honestly, I don’t think it matters who we play right now,” Staff said. “I think my girls are going to go in there and do what they can to pull a win out. We know we can fight back if we have to.”
The Williamstown junior varsity team finished last season with a 10-4 record and they are continuing their winning ways.
The Lady Demons are 4-1 after taking first place at the Grant County High School Just Volley Tournament on Aug. 15. Williamstown defeated Grant County and Trimble County.
“We came in ready,” coach Angela Williams said. “We played hard. One of our biggest faults is that we tend to play at other teams’ levels, but we pulled it out. We’re good at coming back and getting the job done. Chelsea West is our motivator for our team. Tori Wilhoit gets our hits in and doesn’t get frustrated. Makayla True does her best to do whatever she can to get the team going.”
“We dominated,” sophomore Emma Harris said. “We’ve got a lot of good attitudes and we’re playing well together.”