By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Madison Central Lady Indians volleyball team got the season off to a good start with a dominating 3-0 performance against Berea Community Tuesday.
The Lady Indians rolled in straight games, 25-5, 25-5 and 25-7 over the young Lady Pirates.
The match-up featured first-year coaches Marita Kinley of Central and Amanda Thacher of Berea Community.
Central, led by seniors Demetria Young and Kiara Clayton and sophomores Katie Stuart and Payton Templeton were just too big and strong for the Lady Pirates.
But while the scores didn’t indicate it, both coaches said the matchup this early in the season was a good learning experience for their teams.
Kinley said the match gave her a chance to experiment with some things.
“We tried to work in a couple of players we hadn’t tried in some different situations and get some people some court time that in other situations might not get court time,” she said. “But the biggest thing was just getting the first game under our belts, getting the first-game jitters out, so I think it was good.”
Thacher said she knew it was a tough matchup, but she liked what she saw from her team.
“Central is a very good team and its tough going up against somebody like that the first game of the season, but I’m proud of what the girls did,” Thacher said. “They definitely weren’t intimidated. And I think now they know the areas they need to work on, so this was a good experience for them.”
Garrard County 3, Madison Southern 2
Madison Southern fell 3-2 to Garrard County in their season opener Tuesday in Lancaster.
The Lady Eagles got off to a good start, winning the first game of the match 25-16, but could not hold the momentum.
The Golden Lions bounced back to take the next two games 25-18 and 25-15.
Southern rebounded to win the fourth game 25-9, but Garrard finished off the match with a 15-7 win in the fifth game.
Southern coach Jeremy Grant said his team showed some good signs at times, but inconsistency killed them.
“I was happy with our play about 3/5 of the time. Our effort was pretty good, but I felt like we were a little flat even though we were able to stay in the games,” Grant said. “In the games we won, our serves were the reason we won. We just couldn’t string together the good things and every time we needed a play, we just couldn’t come up with it.”
The Lady Eagles are back in action on Thursday when they take on Estill County at 7 p.m. in their first home match of the season.