Lady Wildcats take second place at Caldwell volleyball tourney
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Trigg County claimed second place in the Caldwell County Slamfest Tournament Saturday in Princeton, knocking off the host team for the first time in three seasons.

By going 3-2 in the tournament, the Lady Wildcats upped their record to 8-10 on the season.

"We’re starting to gel as a team," head coach Rick Erickson said. "We’ve still got a young team with two seniors, two sophomores, a freshman, and an eighth grader, but we’re starting to realize that we can improve as a team and reach greater goals."

Trigg County opened pool play with a 21-19, 21-16 win over Christian County, their second win over the Lady Colonels (2-15-1) this year.

Fort Campbell (16-3) defeated Trigg 21-11, 21-14 in the second game of pool play.

"They just outmatched us and had a lot of aces. We were a little complacent after beating Christian County, and our serve-receive game was suspect," Erickson said.

The Lady Wildcats beat Hopkins County Central 17-21,21-14, and 17-15 in the quarterfinals, which was their second win over the Lady Storm (4-13) in three games this year.

Trigg County beat Caldwell County 21-16 in the first game, but the Lady Tigers (10-7-1) won the second game 21-12.

In the deciding match, Caldwell was serving with a 14-13 lead, but Cayla Hampton ended the threat with a spike to even the game at 14. Ashley Adams followed with an ace and another winner to give Trigg County the 16-14 win, their first over Caldwell County since 2001.

In the championship game, the Lady Wildcats faced Fort Campbell again and fell 21-17, 21-7.

"We’re ahead of last year’s (win) pace, and we may be peaking at the right time," Erickson said.

Hampton had 19 kills and 32 blocks in the tournament, while Ashley Adams added 10 kills to go with 12 aces.

Sha’Nita Grubbs proved strong at the net once again with 18 blocks and five kills, while Kalesha Williams and Casey Banister each had five aces.

The Lady Wildcats return to action Thursday night by hosting Christian County at 6 p.m. at Wildcat Gym.

Trigg County ended a five-game losing streak Sept. 16 by defeating Crittenden County 25-16, 25-13 at Wildcat Gym.

The Lady Wildcats used strong serving to beat the lady Rockets (1-10) for the second time this year.

Ashley Adams had nine aces in the match, while Annie Crabtree added six aces, and Stacy Schoneman recorded an ace.

Adams and Crabtree also combined for three kills in the contest.

Cayla Hampton had three kills and an assist, while Sha’Nita Grubbs had two blocks and a kill at the net.

Casey Banister contributed four assists to the victory, Trigg’s first at home this year.

Crittenden County won the J.V. game 21-16, 21-10.

Meanwhile, Murray notched their second win over the Lady Wildcats this year with a 25-16, 25-15 win Sept. 14 in Murray.

Ashley Adams served a pair of aces, while Molly Thompson added an ace. Adams, Sha’nita Grubbs, and Cayla Hampton each had a kill, while Hampton added three blocks.

Murray improved to 8-1 with the win.

Trigg County found the going tough at the Logan County Cougar Classic Sept. 11 in Russellville, dropping all three matches they played to teams with a combined record of 22-17.

The Lady Wildcats opened pool play with a 25-17, 25-22 loss to Todd County Central (4-7), followed by a 25-9, 25-14 loss to Christian Fellowship (8-8).

Trigg County was eliminated from advancing with a 25-21, 25-14 loss to Fort Campbell, who improved to 10-2 by defeating host Logan County for the championship.

The Lady Wildcats played the second game of the match without the services of Crabtree, who sprained an ankle in the contest.
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