Connection: Undermanned White House Swept in First Round

By Joel Clinger for The Robertson County Connection

The White House Lady Devils struggled to get much going against the Macon County Tigerettes Tuesday night, dropping the volleyball match in straight sets.

The first two sets were quick and easy for the Tigerettes, taking each 25-10. MCHS was in control throughout the whole third set, but the Lady Devils made a 7-1 run at the end to lose the final set by five points.

The Lady Devils were without junior Justine Lowe. Lowe was the only team member named to the All-District team and has been a key leader for White House the entire season.

Head coaches Kassie King and Dani Villafana understand how much Lowe helps the team but also expressed to their team that they can compete, despite her absence.

“Justine is a big, big contributor to our team,” King said. “We hit home at the beginning of the year that everybody matters. Everybody adds something to our team. You know when we talked to the kids earlier today, we said, yes, one of our biggest point producers is not going to be with us, but that doesn’t mean somebody’s not going to step up and take over that role.

“We had a lot of great moments tonight; we just couldn’t put a lot of those together to produce some points.”

Villafana echoed her co-coach’s sentiments.

“I think our team all year has had to play without somebody important at least half of our season,” Villafana said. “So our girls just stepped up and did what they have all season and filled in where they needed to and tried their best.”

With the loss, White House has been eliminated from championship contention. The team finished the regular season with a 1-9 district record.

The Lady Devils came into the season young and inexperienced. Many underclassmen were able to get quality time on the court Tuesday night and this year in general. King and Villafana were happy with the team’s development throughout the season and how enjoyable this season was.

“They’ve progressed throughout the year, slowly but surely.” King said. “The last couple weeks have been a little tough on us, but, like I said, we’ve not had a full, entire team, and that’s kind of showed a little bit of holes. They’re great. They’ve been probably the best bunch of kids, the funnest bunch of kids to coach.”

Photos by Joel Clinger

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