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The Lady Panthers came out dominant in the first game, winning 25-19, but could not keep up the momentum in the second and third, losing to Trimble County Wednesday night at home. Carroll County struggled with their serves and got frustrated as the match wore on, losing 25-14 and 25-13 in the last two matches.
“We’ve got this mentality that once they get down a couple, it’s the end of the world kind of a thing,” Carroll head coach Kristen Arbinger said. “It’s mental, it’s most definitely mental. It has nothing to do with their physical ability, which was proven in the first game.”
Carroll jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first game, before Trimble tied it up 10-10. However, the Lady Panthers were able to pull away with a victory.
“We didn’t attack the ball well the first game,” Trimble head coach Ruth Staples said. “We did not serve well, but in the second and third game … we were able to serve well, attack well, and I think that made the difference.”
In the second game, the Lady Panthers were down 4-10 and began fighting back but missed serves, hindering their comeback. In the tiebreaker, Carroll was up 3-1 before finding themselves behind 6-15. A timeout was taken to try and regroup, but it was too little too late.
While Carroll struggled to find consistency in their serves, logging nine serving errors, Trimble missed only four serves in three matches. Senior Raegan Black led the Lady Raiders by serving a perfect 19/19, including three aces, while also registering eight kills and four blocks. Her blocks and presence around the net also caused problems for the Lady Panthers, who committed 16 hitting errors.
“Hitting errors were rampant in game two and game three,” Arbinger said. “It started to come when we got a couple of hits blocked, and now we’re trying to hit around the block and trying to hit over the block.”
Senior Jill Butcher led the team with 7 kills and 10 serve/receives. Junior Alyssa Hartman logged 9 serve/receives, and freshman Kristen “Doodle” Amick led the team with 13 assists.