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Lady Raiders earn first 20-win season in TCHS history

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By Dave Taylor

The Trimble County Lady Raiders inscribed their names in the Trimble County High School record books Monday night by securing the school’s first-ever 20-game winning season in volleyball. Trimble upended visiting Eminence in two games by scores of 25-11 and 25-19.

This year’s volleyball squad, under the direction of Head Coach Ruth Staples and the capable help of assistants Vanita Fogle and Tanya Black, had already achieved the most success of any volleyball team in school history by securing their 15th win earlier in the season. The previous school record for a winning season came a year ago when the Lady Raiders finished at 14-12, according to Staples.

“A win is a win,” Staples said following Monday’s game, “and it didn’t even dawn on me that it was our 20th win until Frank Ragland, our athletic director congratulated me on our first 20 wins season.”

Staples said she was a little concerned about the Eminence game as Trimble’s students are on fall break this week. Eminence was in the same situation, however.

The Lady Raiders dominated the first game by winning the coin toss for the first serve and won handily. In the second game with Eminence serving first, Trimble played more relaxed and less focused and played back and forth point to point with missed serves and missed serve receptions. That is, until the score was tied for the final time at 18-18. Micah Hess stepped up and served six consecutive points to put Trimble up, 24-18. The Lady Raiders were able to end the game and match at 25-19.

Senior Sara Kuner was 11 of 13 serving with three Aces, 17 of 18 sets and two Kills. Junior Kelsie Courtney had 11 kills and two blocks. Sophomore Paige Black was five of seven serving with three Aces, and had seven kills and one block. Senior Jayde Snelling was five of six in serve receptions and had five digs.

Sophomore Mckenna Ginn was five of seven serving with two Aces, 12 of 14 sets and had a kill. Freshman Kayla Greenwood was five for five serve receptions and had five digs. Sophomore Micah Hess was six of six serving. Freshman Sydney Weaver was three of three serving with an Ace.

“I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach such a talented group of student athletes who love to win as much as our coaches do,” Staples said. “We hope to finish the season with several more wins.”

Trimble hosts Henry County tonight and will pay tribute to senior players Sara Kuner and Jayde Snelling, and manager/statistician Elisha Carter in their final home appearance of their high school careers.

Trimble opens play Monday, Oct. 10, in the 31st District tournament at South Oldham. The Lady Raiders are the number four seed and will face number five seed Carroll County at 6 p.m. The winner will meet number one seed Oldham County on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. North Oldham, the number two seed, plays number three seed South Oldham at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The championship of the 31st District is Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The winner and runnerup of the district advance to the 8th region tournament.