REGIONAL CHAMPS: Trimble County’s All “A” Classic Regional champion volleyball team includes (left to right): front row — Kayla Baker, Sydney Weaver, Paige Black, McKenna Ginn, Logan Morgan and Kayla Greenwood; second row — Keena Hancock, Destiny Schroeder, Kate Staples, Katie Gonterman, Shelbe Black, Raven Hudson and coach Vanita Fogle; back row — coach Ruth Staples, scorekeeper Jon Kuner and coach Tonya Black. (Submitted photo)
REGIONAL CHAMPS: Trimble County’s All “A” Classic Regional champion volleyball team includes (left to right): front row — Kayla Baker, Sydney Weaver, Paige Black, McKenna Ginn, Logan Morgan and Kayla Greenwood; second row — Keena Hancock, Destiny Schroeder, Kate Staples, Katie Gonterman, Shelbe Black, Raven Hudson and coach Vanita Fogle; back row — coach Ruth Staples, scorekeeper Jon Kuner and coach Tonya Black. (Submitted photo)
Trimble County knocked off Carroll County and Eminence to win the All "A" Classic Eighth Region volleyball tourney for the third-straight year Saturday at Owen County.

The Raiders received a first-round bye, then knocked off rival Carroll 25-17, 25-22 in the semifinals. In the championship, Trimble survived a first-game loss to scrappy Eminence to claim the regional 24-26, 25-17, 25-14.

Senior middle hitter Paige Black picked up tournament Most Valuable Player honors with 43 kills in the two matches and near-perfect serving.

Trimble County has already won 30-straight games in the North Central Kentucky Conference. The Raiders have now won eight-straight All "A" tournament games.

"The team played the best volleyball that I have seen them play all year," Trimble coach Ruth Staples said. "I am quite proud of their accomplishment."

Trimble needed a big comeback to beat Carroll County two weeks ago but was able to score Saturday's win in straight sets.

In game one, the Raiders missed seven serves but were 23-of-24 on serve receptions. In game two, Trimble was 16-of-19 in reception, but missed only three serves.

Kate Staples was 9-for-9 serving and 3-for-3 setting against Carroll, McKenna Ginn was 9-of-12 serving with three aces and 19-of-22 setting, Paige Black had 17 kills, four blocks and was 11-for-11 in receptions.

Kayla Baker was 19-of-20 setting and had 16 digs for the Raiders, Greenwood had 18 digs and eight kills, Sydney Weaver had 17 digs and Hudson had 18 digs.

Eminence beat Walton-Verona and Owen County to reach the finals. The Warriors used that momentum to score a win in the opener against Trimble before the Raiders regrouped to win games two and three.

Paige Black had 26 kills, six blocks and was 19-of-20 serving with 10 aces against Eminence. Ginn was 10-of-11 serving with three aces and 40-of-45 setting, Weaver was 10-of-11 serving and had 25 digs, Baker was 45-for-47 setting with five kills, Greenwood had 11 kills, Staples was 13-for-13 serving and 10-for-10 setting, Hudson was 11-for-12 serving and Shelbe Black had two kills.

Ginn, Baker and Weaver were chosen for the All-Tournament team to go along with Paige Black's MVP performance.

"We could not have won without the outstanding play of juniors Kayla Greenwood and Raven Hudson, and the steady serving of freshmen Kate Staples and Shelbe Black," Ruth Staples said.

Trimble County, now 7-5 on the season, will compete in the All "A" State Finals on Saturday at the Mid-American Volleyball Center in Jeffersontown, a place where the Raiders lost three matches earlier this season.

Trimble opens pool play against Bishop Brossart (4-3) at 9:30 a.m. and will face Lexington Christian (5-6) at 11:30 a.m. The Raiders cap pool play against Leslie County (9-1) at 1:30 p.m.

But before the Raiders head to the state finals they still have several matches this week, starting with a 29th District matchup against North Oldham (5-2) Tuesday in Bedford.