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Lady Raiders remain undefeated in conference play

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By Dave Taylor

The Trimble County Lady Raiders continue to reign supreme over North Central Kentucky Conference opponents in high school volleyball. Trimble claimed victories last week over Gallatin County (2-0) at home and Owen County (2-1) at Owenton.

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Trimble was never seriously challenged in the matchup with Gallatin County, fronting 16-7 in the first game before going on a tear behind the serving prowess of sophomore Kayla Greenwood to seal the deal at 25-8. In the second game Trimble was up 18-4 before relaxing and allowing Gallatin to score seven more points before closing the door with a 25-11 score.

“In the second game we got flat-footed and relaxed and gave up a few easy points,” Trimble Coach Ruth Staples said. “It’s hard when you’re up and it comes that easily and then you relax and that can happen.”

Statistically, Kelsie Courtney was nine for nine in serving with two aces. Courtney was 16 for 17 attacks with nine kills and two blocks. Paige Black was seven for eight serving with an ace. She was 16 for 18 attacks with eight kills and three blocks. Sydney Weaver was nine for 10 serving with two aces. McKenna Ginn was 20 of 22 sets. She was six for seven serving with two aces. Kayla Greenwood was seven for eight serving with two aces. She also had a kill and a block. Kayla Baker was 16 for 16 sets with three kills and a block.

After the rough night at Carroll County the week before Staples said she was “very pleased” with Trimble’s effort against Gallatin.

“We took four days off and hopefully that rejuvenated the desire to hustle,” she said. “They played much better even though it was very hot.”

The girls have had to deal with the acrid odor of the heated materials being used for replacement of the roof at the high school facility. The work is being done after school hours for the comfort of students during the day and for the comfort of the workers during the cooler part of the day.

“They started working on the roof when we started volleyball practice on July 19,” Staples said. “The heat and the smell is making everybody ill. We’re still adjusting to it.”

Following the Gallatin game, Staples was anticipating a good matchup with Owen County on Thursday.

“Owen County is always scrappy and we’ll have to go with our game faces on because they’ll be ready to beat us because we beat them the first time we played them in the first home game here,” she said. “They’re a good, scrappy team.”

Owen delivered to Staples’ expectations. While Trimble won the opening game 25-11, the Lady Rebels came hustling back in the second game outscoring Trimble 25-21. The Lady Rebels led 18-12 before Trimble took command of the game behind the adept serving abilities of sophomore Sydney Weaver. Trimble scored 12 points in succession—the final three being aces served by Weaver—to pull out the win, 25-18.

Trimble, 10-2, returned to action last night at North Oldham. Results of that contest were not available at press time.