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The Trimble County Lady Raiders got a wakeup call in their Tuesday matchup with Gallatin County last week. Trimble had rolled over Walton-Verona the previous week and handily dispatched Carroll County on the previous evening but both the volleyball ball and the net appeared foreign to Trimble in the early going during their home match with Gallatin.
The Lady Wildcats rolled to a 5-0 advantage before Trimble got on the scoreboard. Gallatin jumped out to a 9-1 lead before Trimble scored again. Leading 9-3, Gallatin scored seven straight to front 16-3 before the Lady Raiders roused from slumber and scored four straight. But Gallatin would not be denied, scrambling to a 25-16 win in the first game of the match.
Trimble, loaded with underclassmen, played from 8 a.m. Until 7 p.m. in a junior varsity tournament on Saturday “and then we had to turn around and play Monday,” Trimble Head Coach Ruth Staples said, “so I expected us to be flat last night. I was not expecting a letdown tonight. We did not attack the ball well in the first game.”
Staples said she was not surprised at Gallatin’s aggressive play.
“I knew that they were a scrappy team,” she said. “They’ve always been good ball handlers. But we did not play our game. Fortunately the girls were able to regroup and show their athleticism and determination and pull it out.”
Staples began to substitute freely to find the right combination of players that would synchronize.
“It was time to start trying some different things,” she said. “When the first group isn’t producing it’s time to look at alternatives. That might have helped put a fire under my starters, too.”
Trimble, suddenly playing like an altogether different group of players, rallied in games two and three to win handily, 25-14 and 25-8. Trailing 2-3 shortly after the start of game three, Trimble reeled off 11 straight points to mount a 13-3 advantage en route to the win.
“Once you get momentum going in volleyball that’s a good thing,” Staples said. “It’s hard to stop momentum. When the momentum is on your side that’s a good thing.”
Statistically for the Lady Raiders, Hannah Roberts was 22 for 22 in serving with two aces.
“That’s big! That helps,” Staples said.
Kelsey Courtney was 10 for 10 serving with two aces and had seven blocks. Courtney also had 18 kills—all coming in games two and three.
Paige Black had 11 kills, all in the last two games. In serving she was 10 for 11 with two aces. Black also had seven blocks for the game.
McKenna Ginn had one kill, had two blocks and was eight for nine serving.
Kayla Baker had a kill.
Micah Hess, who came in off the JV team, had a kill and was six for seven serving with one ace.
Sara Kuner was seven for seven with one ace.
“I’m just happy that they didn’t stay flat-footed for three games,” Staples said. “That makes me happy that we’ve been able to finish."
Trimble returned to action on Thursday, winning 2-1 (25-15, 23-25 and 25-14) in a road contest at Henry County to increase their undefeated streak to four wins.
The Lady Raiders were in action last night at Williamstown. Results of that contest were not available at press time.