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Breeze-Courier Sports Editor
LINCOLN — Taylorville volleyball challenged the Railsplitters in Lincoln on Thursday, Sept. 21. The Tornadoes had difficulties suppressing their opponents explosiveness in the first meeting between the two since Lincoln hopped out of the Apollo and over into the Central State Eight (CS8). Taylorville (13-5) experiences just their fifth loss on the season, 25-12, 25-21 in favor of the home team.
“The girls played well.” Said Head Coach Kim Peabody. “I think we just came out a little scared. We’ve had that with some younger players this season when we’ve played big teams.”
This is a powerful and intimidating Lincoln volleyball team but the Tornadoes don’t shy away from any test.
Set number one saw the Purple and Gold go down. They weren’t ever able to snag the lead over their opponent and eventually drop the first set by more than double their score, 25-12.
“They returned all of their starters from last year. They are avery solid team.” Peabody explains. “But like I told the girls ‘our team made it fourth in state last year and lost to them twice.’ We had twelve losses last year so I told them to keep looking at the season as one big practice.”
The second set was where Taylorville played their volleyball. Lead by middle and outside hitters, senior Olivia Woodward, junior Mazie Fleming as well as sophomores Alayna Vincent and Robyn Odugbesan kills were beating the LHS blocks and crashing the court. Those kills couldn’t have been set up without setters junior Sami Breckenridge and sophomore Ryan Prince.
Odugbesan secured four of the first seven points for Taylorville. She had provided her thoughts during a post-match interview.
“I feel like we have so much to work on to really start clicking with each other.” The sophomore stated. “Honestly, we all know Lincoln is good, but I feel like we played a little scared. Our team has a lot of potential to get back to where we were and even do better. It’s just practicing and playing more games to gain that experience with each other.”
The Tornadoes will brush this loss off their shoulders and turn to their next opponent, Edinburg. Taylorville will host the Wildcats on Wednesday, Sept. 27 for the Christian County matchup you don’t want to miss.