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By LARRY SULLIVAN JR.
Special to The Trimble Banner
When Trimble County traveled to North Oldham Sept. 29, the Lady Raiders volleyball team found it difficult to keep up with the powerhouse squad known as the Lady Mustangs.
The team had three seniors, Katrina Thompson, Morgan Severs and Julia Neel, going to the net for Trimble. However, comprised mostly of younger athletes, including six freshman, four sophomores and six juniors, the Lady Raiders may have found it tough competing with the Oldham County school, as many on their volleyball squad play year-round. That near constant experience on the floor typically gives them the upper hand against smaller schools such as Trimble and likely helped boost them to a win this week.
Raider athletes regularly find themselves facing off against the tough North squads as Trimble’s volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball teams are all in the very tough district that includes all of Oldham. Despite North’s tradition of holding the upper hand when taking on Trimble, Raider teams do not back away from challenges, as was the case for the volleyball team Monday night.
The Lady Raiders hung in close in the opening match, keeping the Lady Mustangs on their toes and making great defensive plays. In the end, however, Trimble lost the match 15-25 despite keeping the battle close throughout to help maintain high spirits on the Raider side of the net.
As hard as they tried, Trimble’s determination couldn’t match North’s ability though, as the Lady Raiders did not have much left in the tank going into the second round of play. Ultimately the Lady Mustangs took the match that sealed the game with a 25-9 victory.
“I have seen a lot of our players make great plays, but I have also seen a lot of errors. We will play better if we can become more of a team and pull together,” senior Morgan Severs said after the game.
“We have a young team, and it’s hard to keep up the confidence when we play teams like [Oldham] because when our girls see how tall, quick and smart the Oldham girls are, we just lock up,” senior Katrina Thompson added. “This makes things hard for the leaders to lead a team through a full game with these girls.”
The Lady Raiders (5-11) have two games remaining on the 2008 schedule. They will travel to Owen County Oct. 2 and finish the season at Walton-Verona Oct. 9.