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It was a new experience for Owen County’s volleyball coach. The Lady Rebels defeated the defending 30th District champ Walton-Verona Aug. 17 in Owenton. Owen County won the match 25-17 and 25-20 to pick up its first win of the season. The victory was also the first win for T.J. Wesselman as coach of the Owen County volleyball team. “It feels good,” Wesselman said after the match. “That’s a big win. They are top notch.” The Lady Rebels jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening game. The Lady Bearcats fought back and got as close as 18-13 before Owen County pulled away. The first game ended on a block at the net by Kayla Simpson. Game two saw Owen County open up a 23-18 lead. It appeared they were going to have match point before Mollie Borchers was called in the net, giving a side-out to Walton-Verona.
The Lady Bearcats scored to make it 23-20 before Owen County scored the final two points to take the match.
Borchers said the team is happy with its first win and Wessleman’s effort in directing the team.
“The team feels good about it,” Borchers said. “He’s worked really hard.” The transformation of the team over the last four years has been something to watch.
After not winning a game during their first two seasons, the team won nine matches last season and reached the district semifinals. This year, expectations are high. Borchers said she has enjoyed being a part of the team since its inception and said it is fun to be a part of something special. “It feels good to be competitive,” Borchers said. The Lady Rebels were in action Tuesday night as they hosted Western Hills.
The team will be on the court Thursday night when they welcome Williamstown to Owenton. The Lady Demons knocked out the Lady Rebels in last season’s 30th District Tournament. The team will have a busy weekend when they take part in the Western Hills Invitational Friday and Saturday.