A final volleyball tune-up

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Oldham high schools play in Jefferson Co. Invitational

By Jason Stamm

LOUISVILLE — To say Oldham County senior libero Jordan Wiese gets excited might be an understatement.

On Saturday during the Jefferson County Invitational Volleyball Tournament at the Ohio Valley Volleyball Center Wiese was so worked up that she bent over during a timeout, dry-heaving. It took her a few moments to collect herself during the Lady Colonels’ first bracket play match.
Oldham County collected itself to win its bracket play opener over Whitefield Academy in three sets, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18 and went 1-2 on Saturday.

South Oldham finished 2-1 in bracket play, defeating Central Hardin and Beechwood before falling to Butler. North Oldham finished 1-2 on Saturday with a win over Whitefield Academy and losses to Christian Academy of Louisville and Covington Holy Cross.

North Oldham and Oldham County both went 2-0 in Friday pool play while South Oldham lost its lone match to Covington Holy Cross.

Wiese might have been the most energized at the tournament. Her dry heaves got the attention of the referees, who paused Oldham County’s first game to check on her as the Lady Colonels came back from losing the first set.

“I really am competitive and really wanna win,” Wiese said. “I give my all and I just hope to win. I’ll run into walls and go into anything.”

The Lady Dragons had the same mentality in their first two sets, also rallying from a 25-23 loss to Central Hardin in the first set, to win the next two. Senior middle hitter Mary Dye’s ace serve gave South Oldham match point.

“I mis-hit it, but we don’t have to tell anyone that,” Dye said. “It was really big because it kept our momentum going.”

North Oldham played short-handed as junior outside hitter Madison Tinder sat out with a hip injury. Without Tinder, the Lady Mustangs’ result wasn’t ideal but it gave coach Brian Jones a chance to see how his team could rebound.

After the first match, Jones told his team to forget about the loss of Tinder and focus on their defense and serve receive.

“I said, ‘If you can fix that, we can play with them,”’ Jones said. “We did the second match.”

After Oldham County’s final match of the day, the Lady Colonels gathered in a circle in the corner of one of OVVC’s unused volleyball courts. They talked about what can be improved and how to learn from the tournament with the 31st District Tournament beginning Monday at South Oldham.
Wiese’s play impressed her coach, Callaway Mefford, but Mefford said more needs to be done as a team as Oldham County prepares for the district tournament.

As the top seed, the Lady Colonels will play the winner of the Trimble County/ Carroll County match at 6 p.m. Tuesday. North Oldham will play South Oldham in the district semi-finals at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“We’re starting to all come together as a team,” she said. “Once we learn how to be intense all the time, we’re just gonna click.”

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