Tuesday night may have been a new experience for the West Jessamine volleyball team playing in the regional tournament, but the Lady Colts looked like old pros and beat Boyle 3-0 after a few early butterflies.
The Lady Rebels — runners up in the 45th District — gave West a little bit of trouble in the first game of the match. It wasn’t untill the 4-4 mark that West settled down and began to pull away. Three straight aces by Lena Samaan helped build a 9-4 lead, and West went on to win the first game by a score of 25-10.
“Having a little bit of a lead allowed them to relax a little bit,” West coach Debbie Rose said. “They were nervous. They’ve never been here or done this ... It’s exciting for them, but they have to learn how to handle it, and I thought they did a nice job.”
Game two was where West really shined as the serving by Kristen Fristoe was superb. With a 4-1 lead, West went on a 16-0 run behind the junior’s serving.
“We just served. They had trouble with our serve, and it allowed us to get a good lead,” Rose said.
Boyle fell behind 20-1 during the run. A ball hit out by West snapped the skid; however, the Lady Colts rallied to win the game 25-2 — three of the final five points coming on kills by Ashlee Rose.
The Lady Rebels gave West some trouble in the third game, but it wasn’t enough to extend the match. West won the final game 25-18 to propel itself into the region semifinals Wednesday night against Pulaski County. Results from that game were not available at press time.