A 4-3 start, after a 4-16 record last season, has MCHS Head Volleyball Coach Larry David Howard and his team smiling after the first week of the season.
MCHS opened up its season with a victory over Shelby Valley on Thursday, and then went on to post a 3-3 record in the Prestonsburg Food City Invitational this past Friday and Saturday.
After defeating Estill County (12-21, 21-17, 21-19) and Pike County Central (13-21, 21-18, 21-7) on Friday of the invitational, improving its record to 3-0, the Lady Hornets lost to Perry County Central (25-12, 25-15), beat Middlesboro (25-18, 25-23), and eventually tasted defeat its last two games on Saturday against Russell (21-14, 21-17) and 57th District Rival, Paintsville (15-21, 21-12, 21-14).
Howard said, “We played well as a team, everyone gave 100 percent, and we beat some very good teams.”
Although Howard is optimistic, he still feels the Lady Hornets have some “holes” in their game that need to be improved.
“The ladies must become more consistent in every area, especially serving and attacking. We must become better at transition and play as a single unit.”
MCHS has already beaten Shelby Valley and Pike County Central, both disposed of the Lady Hornets twice last year, and a much-improved Middlesboro squad.
Howard says if the Lady Hornets work hard, they should be much improved, and right where they need to be when the 57th District Tournament begins.
The Lady Hornets will have to prove themselves this coming week playing three district opponents in a row: Paintsville at home, as well as, Johnson Central and Lawrence County on the road.