Carroll volleyball season ends at 15-12

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By Dave Taylor

The Carroll County Lady Panthers were eliminated from 29th District volleyball action by host school North Oldham by scores of 25-10 and 25-7 during the semifinal round last week. Carroll County’s season ends at 15-12. Senior Katerina Woods and junior Kyndal Curry were named to the All 29th District Tournament Team.

“The year overall can be deemed a success,” said Kristen Arbinger, who completed her fist year as varsity coach at Carroll. “The girls took extremely well to all the changes this year, not only a new coaching staff, but also monumental changes to offense, defense and team rules as well.”

In addition to a winning record, the Lady Panthers won the Class A Regional for the first time in school history.

“That was quite an accomplishment,” Arbinger said. “Our goals for the year were to win Class A, to increase our average team serving percentage to 90 percent and to increase the amount of intensity with every game.”

With the loss at North Oldham, seniors Brooke Boles, Valerie White and Katerina Woods closed out their high school volleyball careers.

“Our three seniors were fabulous leaders both on and off the court,” Arbinger said. “Katerina is currently being recruited to play volleyball at several different colleges, including Pikeville College and Allegheny State in Pennsylvania.”

With three starting juniors from this year’s team returning, Arbinger believes the 2010-11 season looks equally promising. Jill Butcher, Kyndal Curry, and Tasha Hunter will lead the team toward a new set of goals.

“Throughout the year, the girls continually improved, which is all I asked of them,” Arbinger said. “I am certain all three girls will be standout players in their final season next year.”

Other up and coming players include Celess Parson, Alyssa Hartman, Olivia Welch, Leah Chandler, Erin Spradlin and Caitlyn Burke.

“I am excited,” Arbinger said, “to see what the future brings.”