Trimble County’s volleyball team celebrates after getting the winning point in the victory over Switzerland County on Wednesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Trimble County’s volleyball team celebrates after getting the winning point in the victory over Switzerland County on Wednesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Trimble County posted a 2-0 volleyball victory over Switzerland County in the Raiders’ home opener on Wednesday.

The Raiders turned a close set in the opener into a 25-19 win then held off a Switzerland rally to win the finale 25-23.

The first set was a battle of runs with both teams ripping off streaks of four-straight points twice in the game. But Trimble never trailed and taking advantage of Switzerland mistakes, close the set on a 9-3 run to win the opener.

Trimble appeared to be on its way to an easy win in the second set after an Emma Horn kill put the Raiders up 17-10. Switzerland rallied to pull within 19-17 on a Hannah Hayes kill and took a 22-21 lead on a Jaden Harrell kill.

But Trimble put together its own rally, getting three-straight kills from Megan Gonterman to go ahead 25-21 and after a service error, a match-clinching kill from Emalin Cull to secure the win.

Gonterman finished the match 12-of-13 serving with two aces and three kills for Trimble while Cull was 10-of-11 serving with three aces, Horn was 8-for-8 serving with two aces and four kills, and Danielle Craig was 5-for-5 serving with an ace.

Harrell was 8-for-8 serving with two kills for Switzerland, Hannah Hayes was 8-for-9 serving with an ace and two kills, Carly Bennett was 7-for-8 serving with a kill, Nora Hankins was 6-for-7 serving with two kills, and Brooke Johnson was 5-for-6 serving with a kill.

Trimble, now 2-0 on the season, returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts Oldham County in a 29th District seed game.



Madison falls to East Central

Madison’s volleyball team suffered a four-set loss at home to East Central on Wednesday.

The Cubs lost the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-22 before winning the third set 25-17. East Central then closed out the win with a 25-22 victory in the fourth set.

Gracie True went 20-for-21 serving with an ace and had 28 assists and 11 digs for the Cubs. Chloe Preocanin was 19-for-20 serving with an ace, 16 kills and 20 digs, Taylor Harsin was 18-for-19 serving with five aces, 12 kills and 11 digs, Ava Peters was 11-for-13 serving, Jenna Rohrer was 9-for-9 serving with five digs, and Brooklyn Cornelius was 8-for-8 serving with 15 digs.



Cubs sweep Pacers in three

Madison rolled past Switzerland County in three sets in Vevay on Thursday.

The Cubs won by scores of 25-11, 25-11, 25-15.

Taylor Harsin was 17-for-19 serving with six aces and 13 kills for Cubs. Chloe Preocanin was 16-for-16 serving with three aces and nine kills, and Gracie True was 13-for-15 serving with 18 assists.

Madison, now 5-6 on the season, travels to Rock Creek today and hosts Class A No. 1 Trinity Lutheran on Monday. Switzerland, now 4-9 on the year, travels to Carroll County on Monday.



Rebels beat JCD in five

Southwestern volleyball gutted out a five-set win over Jac-Cen-Del at home on Thursday.

The two teams traded wins before the Rebels finally came away with the victory, 19-25, 25-16, 25-15, 17-25, 15-12.

“Tonight was another roller coaster match for us. The first set we struggled getting into a groove because I had us in the wrong lineup so I thought the girls did a good job keeping things together for the most part working out the kinks in my error,” Southwestern coach Chris Johnson said. “The fifth set was a little rocky but I called a timeout late in the set and my assistant coach Tyler Lichlyter-Smith ran the huddle and really got our girls’ heads turned around. We came out of that timeout and played much better to finish off a long night.”

Autumn Harmon and Elle Ford each had big games at the net for the Rebels. Harmon was 42-for-46 hitting with 14 kills while Ford was 35-for-40 hitting with eight kills and added a block.

“I was especially proud of Autumn Harmon and Elle Ford for performing well and also keeping our energy positive during the match,” Johnson said.

Ford was also 19-for-19 serving with two aces, Marissa Naylor had nine kills and was 19-for-20 serving with six aces, Halee Smith was 20-for-24 hitting with 10 kills, and Meaghan Kramer was 16-for-16 serving with three aces and was 81-for-81 setting with 16 assists.

Southwestern, now 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the Ohio River Valley Conference, competes in the Greenwood Invitational today. The Rebels then travel to Milan on Tuesday.



Shawe swept by Pirates

Shawe volleyball suffered a loss in straight-sets at Charlestown on Wednesday.

The Hilltoppers lost by scores of 25-10, 25-13, 25-10.

Phoebe Grote was 7-for-7 serving and had six digs for the Hilltoppers while Autumn Lathrem was 6-of-7 serving with six digs. Emmaline Leatherman had nine kills, five digs and four blocks, Lina Leatherman had nine kills and six blocks, Abigail Hill had two kills and 17 assists, and Taylor Barron had three kills.

Shawe, now 5-5 on the season, travels to Lanesville on Monday.



Panthers fall at Williamstown

Carroll County suffered a three-set loss to Williamstown on the road on Wednesday.

The Panthers lost by scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-14.

Grace Perkins had three kills for Carroll while Shawna McAlister had three assists. Courtney Strickland, Hannah Estes, Bailey Leap and Tori Brandon each had a kill for Carroll while Brandon also had an ace.

Carroll, now 0-2 overall and 0-1 on the North Central Kentucky Conference, hosts Switzerland County on Monday.