Trigg falls to Caldwell County in district volleyball title game
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Trigg County’s bid for their first district title in volleyball came up short in a three-game loss to Caldwell County Oct. 11 in Marion.

The Lady Wildcats fell to Caldwell 25-20, 18-25, 14-25.

They rebounded to beat Crittenden County 18-25, 25-22, 25-17, which guaranteed them the runner-up trophy in the three team district tournament.

Trigg County started strong against Caldwell County, the defending region champion. The two teams had split their previous four games played this year, and the Lady Tigers were playing without one of their starters due to an illness.

"We came out the first game and took a 7-1 lead," said Lady Wildcat head coach Rick Erickson. "They went on a run and tied the game at 9-9. It was back and forth until it was tied at 15-15."

Trigg County took an 18-15 lead, and the score went back and forth until Trigg won by five.

"We played sideout ball most of the rest of the way and got a couple big serves from Cayla Hampton and Mary Wallace to win the game," Erickson said.

The second game remained close until Caldwell County scored seven straight points to take an 11-4 lead.

"Our serve-receive was sketchy and we could never get out of the hole we dug," Erickson said.

Trigg County pulled to within 20-15 before Caldwell scored five of the next eight points to win the game.

With the momentum on their side, Caldwell (15-13-1) rolled out to a 7-0 lead in the third game and went ahead 11-2.

"In game three, our serve-receive early spelled our demise. We weren't able to keep them from going on multiple point runs. They did a good job us siding out when we were serving," Erickson said.

Caldwell won the third game 25-14.

Coming off the loss to Caldwell County, the Lady Wildcats had top quickly regroup to play Crittenden County.

It took a while for Trigg County to regain their composure, losing the first game of the match 25-18.

"We were still down from the loss to Caldwell. They went up 11-6. We battled back to 11-13 and then played side out ball with them only getting a couple extra points here and there. But we were unable to make any runs ourselves," Erickson said of the first game.

Trigg County trailed the second game 9-7 before Annie Crabtree served the next seven points to give the Lady Wildcats a 14-9 lead.

Crittenden County (5-17) battled back to 18-17 before Trigg won by three points.

Trigg County again had to play catch up in the third game, down 14-10.

Casey Banister served four straight points to tie the game at 14.

Crittenden County led 17-16 before Kalesha Williams served the final nine points to help seal the victory.

"She did a great job of staying focused on the serve and keeping it in bounds, which is something she has struggled with this season in crucial situations. She is really starting to mature as a player," Erickson said.

Williams finished the night with four aces.

Annie Crabtree and Cayla Hampton were named to the All-District Team from Trigg County.

Crabtree, playing with an injured hand, had four kills and five aces, while Hampton had 16 kills, 12 blocks, and five assists in the two matches.

Ashley Adams added six aces and five kills, while Sha’nita Grubbs added six blocks and three kills.

Trigg County also saw their entire varsity team named to the All-Academic District Team. Those players with a GPA of 3.0 or higher were Ashley Adams, Casey Banister, Annie Crabtree, Brittany Futrell, Sha' Nita Grubbs, Cayla Hampton, Stacy Schoneman, Molly Thompson, Mary Wallace and Kalesha Williams.

Trigg County advances to the region tournament for the second straight year. They were scheduled to play Hopkinsville Monday at Fort Campbell. Results of the game were not available at press time, but will appear in next week’s The Cadiz Record.
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