Kenya Brown, right, dives to dig the ball against Wetumpka. Photo by Cory Diaz
Kenya Brown, right, dives to dig the ball against Wetumpka. Photo by Cory Diaz

ECHS wins second match over WHS

Published 10:00am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

For the second time this season, the Elmore County Lady Panthers (12-8) bested county rival Wetumpka Lady Indians (7-7) in straight sets (25-18, 25-23) Thursday at ECHS.
The teams met in the Elmore County volleyball tournament Sept. 7 at Wetumpka, and ECHS took two sets out of three in that meeting.
Kimberly Moncrief, coach for the Lady Panthers, said its always good for her team to play the Lady Indians.
“We enjoy the county rivalry between us and Wetumpka,” said Moncrief. “They are always a good team for us to play. We have to hustle and stay on our game to beat them.”
In the early season contest, the Tribe had all its starters. But Thursday, the Lady Indians were without junior outside hitter Tadajah Jackson, who had been playing well of late.
WHS coach Margaret Bowens believed her team felt Jackson’s absence, but was pleased with how they played.
“Considering that we were missing some players, I think they did really good,” Bowens said. “They did more communicating, which I think they knew that had to depend on each other a little bit more. But they did good.”
While WHS was without its junior hitter, the Lady Panthers’ junior hitter Kenya Brown shined and had a career match with 9 kills and 6 digs.
“For this game, Kenya really stepped up and took control,” her coach said. “She hits with incredible power, and when she is able to control where it goes, she is very deadly. Tonight, she truly was on spot with her hitting. It was her strongest performance thus far.
“She also hustles, and had 6 defensive digs. She gives it her all, and this game belonged to her.”

WHS hitter Bailee Schone. Photo by Cory Diaz
WHS hitter Bailee Schone. Photo by Cory Diaz

Wetumpka’s bright spot, according to Bowens, was its efficiency in serving, something Bowen’s team will need coming down the stretch this season.
“Our serving has been kind of sketchy, but it was good tonight and I was impressed with that,” she said. “They made some attempts to be aggressive at the net, so that was positive, too.”
The ace count for both teams was low. But Elmore County’s setting flexed its muscle as the match progressed.
“Our setters Brooke Nettles (15 assists, 2 kills, 1 block) and Dianna Geddie (10 assists, 6 kills) also need lots of credit, as they gave (Brown) the sets for her kills. I liked how our setters saw who was hot and kept feeding her the sets. That is one thing we need to keep doing; find the hot hitter and give it to them.”
Bowens said she’s not sure why Elmore County has her team’s number right now, but going forward, the aggression level will need to be elevated.
“We just have to play more aggressive volleyball,” said Bowens. “Basically trying to make sure they stay focused and that every opportunity they have to put the ball away they need to be able to do that. And that starts with good passes from the setter. Just be focused on what does it take to put the ball away.”
WHS traveled to Brewbaker Tech Tuesday, while ECHS met Central-Coosa on the road.

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