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The Lady Raiders high school volleyball team could not have picked a better time to play as a team when the Trimble group traveled to Carroll County to face off against the rival Panther squad Oct. 13. The match opened the 29th District playoffs where Trimble County bested the Panthers, 25-19 and 25-21, before falling to Oldham County to end their tournament dreams.
The young Raider club took the floor with only three seniors to lead the team. Starting off a bit slow, early in the match the girls faced up to the challenge before them and took control of the game. After the early back and forth battle in the first match that had the teams tied at 14, the Raider team finally pulled away and scored 11 points in comparison to Carroll’s five to end the round 25-19.
Trimble started off the second match much as they did the first, though both teams seemed more intent on getting the win. The final tie of the game came at 18, before the Raiders went on a 7-3 run to finish off the competition 25-21.
“We pulled together more as a team because we knew how close we were to making history. And not only that, we had the opportunity to be one step closer to Regionals,” senior player Morgan Severs said of the pivotal moment when the teams’ scores were last tied.
Junior Rachel Massie provided a huge spark for the team as she tallied 17 of 22 on attacks and recorded five kills and a block. Kasi Fogle, a sophomore, also gave a dominating performance, going 19-22 on attacks and adding three kills. Severs went 9-10 on attacks, with three kills as well.
The win against Carroll County made history, as this was the Raiders first win in a district opener.
Next, the Trimble team hoped to best the district’s number 1 ranked Oldham County Colonels on Oct. 19 to advance to regional play.
But that was not to be as the 17-6 Oldham powerhouse, who entered district play following a two-game losing streak, easily ended the Lady Raider season.
In previous match-ups between the two teams, the word “Oldham” has managed to suck the confidence from the Trimble team. However, this time, “Oldham” was equivalent to “revenge” when the team recalled the humiliating defeats suffered at the Colonel hands in the past.
Making history already in the tournament by winning the first round of the 29th District, the team was prepared to send a shock wave through the school, the district, the region and even the state.
Unfortunately, the opening serve began a downward spiral that shut down the Raider’s confidence and immediately ended their thoughts of an upset.
In the first match, the Lady Raider defense managed to eventually put a stop to the powerhouse Colonel offense. But it was too late in the game for the Trimble girls to build the momentum needed to win the game, ending the battle with a final score 25-9.
Coming in to the second match it was win or go home empty-handed for the Lady Raiders. They only needed to rack up 25 points before their competition to force a third match, but a sluggish start left the girls playing catch-up. As they struggled to remain poised and confident, the Lady Colonels continued to overpower them, ended the game 25-11 and sent the Lady Raiders home with a season record 7-14.
Top ranked Oldham County advanced to defeat North Oldham in the 29th district championship to advance to regional play.