Coach: Volleyball team ‘loaded with talent’

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By John Shindlebower

Spencer County Volleyball Coach Tim Elder said he has some high hopes for the 2013 season, even though his Lady Bears are off to a 0-3 start.
“We have plenty of senior leadership and the junior and sophomore classes are loaded with talent,” Elder said. “This is the most talent that Spencer County has ever had in volleyball since I’ve been involved with the program.”
Spencer County opened the season last week with three games on the road. They let one get away at North Bullitt where they built a huge 24-15 lead in the first set, only to let the Lady Eagles rally and steal the set. That bad feeling carried over into the second set that the Lady Bears dropped 25-14. They rallied to win the third set 25-23, but then had serving issues in the fourth set and fell 25-18, losing the match 3-1.
On Tuesday, they played at Bullitt East and again started strong, but let the first set slip away 25-21 and then never recovered on their way to a 3-0 loss.
On Thursday, they played their first district game at Shelby County. The first set was tight early on, but the Lady Rockets prevailed 25-14 when Elder said his girls made some serving and mental errors. The dropped the second set 25-20 and bounced back to win the third, 26-24. The fourth set was also close, but they fell 25-22 for a 3-1 loss.
“We haven’t played like we are capable of, but I feel we will turn this around very soon.
“The talent level is strong at every position and I have six players returning from last season who saw significant playing time. We just have to find the right mix that works for us.”
If they can find that mix, Elder said he expects his squad to compete for a district title and advance to the Region tournament for the first time since 2010.
The girls were scheduled to play their first home game on Monday evening against Anderson County and will also be at home Wednesday to host Henry County.