By Don White
CV&T STaff Writer
Estill volleyball saw an opportunity to win the regular season district title fall by the wayside last week at Powell County.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t show up,” said Coach Mark McKinley of his team’s failure to secure a number one seed for tourney play.
Powell got revenge from an earlier loss on the Engineer’s home floor with a 25-19, 25-15 victory.
“From the opening serve, we weren’t in the match. Our effort was there, but we couldn’t get anything going all night,” said McKinley, also noting that Powell deserved the win because they played well.
The outcome was better earlier in the week with the second win of the season over Owsley County 25-17, 17-25, 25-23.
Owsley was without their best player the first time the two teams met, and “costly mistakes” also made the game closer the second time around, noted the coach.
The Engineers gained valuable experience against quality competition, but saw their season mark fall to 12-11 after winning only one of five contests in the Citizens Bank Volleyball Throwdown at Bath County on Saturday.
Rowan rolled 21-5, 21-15; South Oldham 21-12, 21-9; Paintsville 21-19, 21-13; and Rose Hill Christian 25-18, 25-20. Estill beat East Jessamine 26-24, 25-13.
While disappointed in the loss, McKinley lauded his team for playing well against Rowan, one of the best teams in the 16th Region.
McKinley said he saw his team raise their level of play throughout the day.
“I saw our girls get better as the day went on, and more importantly, we are emulating characteristics of good volleyball programs.
“I often say, we seem to gain more from watching good volleyball teams play than playing them. We just need to sustain these improvements and continue to add to them.”