The Trinity freshman girls made it look easy as they defeated the Lady Cougars 2-0 (10-21, 15-21). While the games were closer, the Lady Raiders also took the JV match 2-1 (21-17, 17-21, 18-21).
In the varsity match, the Lady Raiders held off late Grayson County comebacks in both sets to win 2-0 (27-25, 26-24).
Lady Cougar coach Nancy Mudd has been advocating for the formation of a middle school volleyball team for the younger players and this match was a perfect example of why this is needed here in Grayson County.
Whitesville controlled the action from the outset, with the exception of one late run by the Lady Cougars in the second set which saw them score six straight points.
The Lady Cougars never led in the first set, which saw Whitesville’s Hannah Armes record five aces in the 21-10 win. Armes added two more aces in the second set.
The Lady Cougars led once in the second set, at 1-0. They tied the score twice, at 6-6 and 7-7, but were never really close again.
The Lady Cougars scored the first six points of the game and seemed to be in good shape, but the Lady Raiders came roaring back with a 19-5 run that saw them take control, 19-11.
Grayson County rallied with five straight points, including a pair of aces from Sarah Jennings, but the Lady Raiders ended the run and put the set away.
The second set was close until the very end. The Lady Cougars led by as many as four points, 10-6, in the early going, but Whitesville came back to take a lead late in the set.
Trailing 16-17, Katherine McCrady took over the serve and the Lady Cougars reeled off five straight, including two McCrady aces to even the match at a set apiece.
In the final set, the Lady Raiders dominated at the start, racing to a 13-1 lead before the Lady Cougars started fighting back.
Grayson County was able to claw their way back to within two points, but the Lady Raiders got an ace from Hannah Coomes at match-point to record the win.
The Lady Raiders assured themselves of the top seed in the upcoming district tournament with thiis win. They are 4-0 in district play while Grayson County is now 2-1. The Lady Cougars still have a home game against Butler County to make up after the game was halted by a lightning strike last month.
The Lady Cougars trailed by as many as seven points in the early part of the first set, but put together a run of seven straight to take a 16-15 lead. Whitesville moved to set-point at 24-21, but let a set fall untouched to give the ball back to Grayson County.
A kill by Andrea Pauley and an ace by Shea Boone tied the score at 24-24.
The two teams exchanged rally points until Katelyn Howard’s ace won it for the Lady Raiders 27-25.
The Lady Cougars trailed the entire second set but rallied again to tie things 24-24 with five straight points, including two aces from Amber Smith.
But Trinity’s Sophie Henderson won the serve back with a kill, then Howard put away another kill to decide the match.