The Southwestern Lady Warrior volleyball team may well indeed be the defending 12th Regional champion, but head coach James Cox is quick to point out that his club has certainly got a long way to go if it is going to duplicate that feat in 2009.

Then again, it’s still early.

On Tuesday night, Cox and crew improved to 2-0 on the young season by sweeping visiting Wayne County at The Wigwam 25-15, 25-8.

However, early on in game one on Tuesday, the Lady Warriors didn’t appear to be as sharp or as crisp as they were in last week’s season-opening win over Russell County.

“Some of these days we’re going to put it all together and we’re going to look amazing for the entire time that we’re out there,” stated Cox after his club’s victory.

“We came out focused and ready to play tonight, but it seems like sometimes when we don’t get out to a good start, and then we seem to lose our energy and our focus,” Cox added.

Southwestern got off to a good enough start in game win against the Lady Cardinals, scoring the first six points of the match, but Andy Megargel’s team refused to fold.

In fact, despite the fact Wayne County never led in the opening game of the match, the Lady Cards kept the pressure on Southwestern, forcing Cox to call a timeout with his club holding a 12-8 lead.

That timeout seemed to calm Southwestern down, as the Lady Warriors righted the ship and moved on to the 25-15 victory, but it didn’t come easy for the defending champs.

“We did get out to a good start, but then we lost our focus and let them back in it in that first game,” pointed out Cox.

“I asked our girls how we can solve that problem, and I guess if I knew the answer to that one I could write a book and travel all around and sell it,” said Cox with a big smile. “We’ve got a great group of girls and they’re playing hard. It’s not that we’re not playing hard, because we’re doing all the right things. It’s still real early in the season and we’ve got several things we can work on.”

Kelsey Roberts had a big night in the win over Wayne County for the Lady Warriors leading her club with four kills, and also leading the way in aces with four.

Cassie Thompson chipped in with three kills, while Amber Phelps notched three aces and led Southwestern with 11 assists.

Rachel Floyd had a flawless game for Southwestern serving, and she closed things out for her club in game two with her service game, giving the Lady Warriors a 2-0 win over Wayne County.

Southwestern will return to action tomorrow night and Saturday, taking part in the Boyle County Invitational, and next weekend the Lady Warriors will be participating in the Marion County Invitational in Lebanon.

Cox says that over the next 10 days, thanks to playing against some top-notch competition in those two tournaments, he will have a better gauge of just where his team is early in the year, and how far it still has to go.

“In our pool at Boyle County we have West Jessamine and Washington County, so that’s some pretty good competition right there,” pointed out the Lady Warrior coach.

“We come back after the Boyle County tournament to play Rockcastle County at home next week in a district game,” Cox said. “Then, we go to Marion County next weekend for a tournament, so we’re getting ready to play about 10 to 12 matches over the next 10 days, and that will give us a good idea of where we are at this early in the year.”

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