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The Trimble County High School gymnasium was much like a sauna on a sultry Thursday evening last week as the Lady Raiders hosted Carroll County in volleyball. Trimble jumped to an early lead and never trailed in either contest en route to wins of 25-17 and 25-14.
Trimble head coach Ruth Staples noted her team at times had a tendency to coast after building a large lead. In the opening contest Trimble fronted 22-10 before allowing the Lady Panthers a run that brought them within 24-17 before Trimble closed the door.
“That’s part of volleyball,” Staples said. “When you get a good lead you have a tendency to relax. But I’m happy that they were able to regroup and focus and finish the game.”
Carroll County Coach Kristen Hooper said her team plays in spurts and felt that playing on the road wasn’t necessarily a factor in the loss.
“It’s been a roller coaster,” Hooper said of her team’s season. “It’s hard to diagnose, really. We’ve lost five or six games by two or three points and we just can’t quite seem to sort it out. That’s killed some of our motivation and team morale, too.”
In the second contest, the Lady Panthers stayed within range of Trimble, trailing 14-10 before the Lady Raiders reeled off four straight to lead 18-10. Trimble ultimately raced out to the final 11-point margin.
“Kelsey (Courtney) and Paige (Black) both had good games, Staples said. “They’re working really hard on their attacks. But it starts with a good pass or serve receive. If we can receive the serve and pass the ball up to our setter – bump, set, kill—that’s our game plan.”
Hooper also had praise for Courtney and Black.
“Both of their girls in the middle did an excellent job on their part,” Hooper said. “I felt our middle played well but in the end it just wasn’t enough. I thought our serve receives were much better tonight than it has in the past. A few little serving errors here and there killed little runs that we could’ve had. But the main thing was our defense.”
Coming off a loss to a strong South Oldham team had Staples concerned about her team.
“I thought it might affect us tonight and I think in the first game it did because I don’t think we came out real strong,” she said. “I think we felt timid after being beat up on by a strong South Oldham team. Luckily, we were able to get ourselves together. I hope we learn from playing a strong team like South Oldham.”
Statistically for the winners, Sara Kuner was 10 for 10 serving and had 24 of 27 sets. Hannah Roberts was 13 for 14 serving with two kills and eight digs. McKenna Ginn was seven for seven serving and 24 of 28 sets. Courtney was four for four serving, had 18 kills and five blocks. Black was 10 for 10 serving, had 11 kills, 14 digs and was eight of 10 serve receptions. Kayla Greenwood was two for two serving. Micah Hess was one for one serving and had a dig. Jayde Snelling had five defensive digs.
“It looks like we only missed one serve,” Staples said. “Missing one serve out of two games helps tremendously. We were 47 of 48 serves. I’ll take that any day, especially after coming off a loss.
“I think the heat probably had something to do with it, too,” Staples said. “We were playing with a heat index of right at 94 and I think that had a lot to do with a lot of things that happened on both sides. I think it affected both teams.”