By Richard Fairman
On Oct. 28, the Meade County High School Ladywave Volleyball team found themselves up against powerhouse Grayson County Lady Cougars in the Region 3 Semi-Final game. Grayson County had only lost three games the entire season, and with Regionals taking place on their home court, Meade was going to need to play like Champions if they wanted to stay alive in the tournament.
From the very start of the first set, Grayson came out showing why they were ranked number one in the Region, and made it known that they were the superior team. They began the game by taking control of the net, with Meade finding it hard to defend against their attacks. Grayson would cruise to a first set victory by a large margin, leaving Meade to wonder what they had gotten themselves into. But these Ladies do not back down, they get right back in a fight. That is exactly what Meade did at the start of the second set. Meade bounced back at the start of the second set to give Grayson a wake-up call and show them that they were no push overs. Meade jumped out in front of Grayson quickly in the second set, grabbing a quick lead that they would maintain all the way to just two points away from the win. Then Grayson would finally rally to tie the game at 23. After a quick timeout, Grayson came back to add the final points needed to win the set, putting Meade in a do or die situation.
The third set basically mirrored the second, Meade got out in front quickly, than maintained their lead up till Grayson would rally late to come from behind and take the win, ending Meade’s hopes and thus ending their season.
Meade could have just folded, and during this past season they have been known to get down on themselves when behind, but in this game, when it mattered, they fought for every side out. They crashed the net or flung their bodies all over the court trying to keep the ball alive. On this night, Grayson may have won the match, but Meade showed they were the better team on the court. This may have not been the successful season that the Seniors, or the team, would have hoped for, but Meade has a solid core of returning players, along with some very talented freshman who will vie for varsity roles net season, which will have them back at Regionals looking for that victory.