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Lady Raiders defeat Carroll for first volleyball win of '19

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By Jacob Blair

BY JACOB BLAIR

The Trimble Banner

Trimble County’s volleyball teams had a strong showing over rival Carroll on Aug. 20, with the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams all picking up victories.

In the varsity matchup, the Lady Raiders won all three sets, 25-8, 25-11 and 25-11. The first set included the Lady Raiders’ longest points run of the night with a 10-0 unanswered streak over the Lady Panthers.

“Our passing was pretty good tonight,” first-year head coach Tayra Crawford said. “I think we did a really good job overall communicating as a team.”

“We have a lot of really strong hitters that are improving every single practice to become successful and hard hitters, so I have a lot of freedom and movement of those players to change and keep our rotation fresh,” Crawford said.

With the graduation of last year’s libero, Megan Gonterman has stepped into the role for the Lady Raiders.

“Megan’s been working really hard to become the libero,” Crawford said. “She changed over from a front row hitter last year.”

The Lady Raiders had a really good night for serve and receive. Savanah Crawford was 16 for 19 with three aces and Danielle Craig was 15 for 16 with four aces. Alexis Rodriguez and Emalin Cull each went 11 for 11 with Cull also having two aces. Gonterman was 6 for 6, Grace Andrews was 2 for 2, Rachel Liter 2 for 3 and Emma Horn 2 for 5 on serve and receive with an ace. The team had a combined 10 aces.

“We’ve been working a lot on our serves during practice,” Crawford said. “That’s definitely something that’s paid off.”

Horn also had two block kills during the evening. Cull had three blocks and four block kills.

The Lady Raiders (1-3) took on North Oldham Tuesday night. Scores were unavailable by press time. Trimble is scheduled to take on South Oldham in a road game next Thursday before playing in the Eighth Region All “A” Classic on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Eminence. Going forward, Crawford said she is continuing to develop lineups and rotations based on strengths in practice.

“We have a lot of really strong hitters that are improving every single practice to become successful and hard hitters, so I have a lot of freedom and movement of those players to change and keep our rotation fresh,” said Crawford.