Lady Wildcats to face Caldwell County in District Volleyball Tournament
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Casey Banister sets a pass during Trigg County's game with Calloway County.
Casey Banister sets a pass during Trigg County's game with Calloway County.
One year after advancing to the region volleyball tournament for the first time, Trigg County will be looking to add some championship hardware to the trophy case next week at the Sixth District Volleyball Tournament in Marion.

The Lady Wildcats (10-16) will play defending Second Region champion Caldwell County (10-11-1) Monday night at 6 p.m. at Rocket Gym.

The loser plays Crittenden County (4-15) at 7:30 p.m. If the game one loser defeats Crittenden County, the tournament is over with the game one winner declared the champion and the game one loser the runner-up.

If Crittenden County wins their contest, the championship game will be played Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

The first game pits the Lady Wildcats against Caldwell County, who they have beaten twice in three games this year.

"It was the draw we wanted," said Lady Wildcat head coach Rick Erickson. "It gives us a chance to beat Caldwell early and put the pressure on them."

Trigg County beat Caldwell in three games Sept. 18 in Caldwell’s SlamFest Tournament, but lost to the Lady Tigers two days later in 25-15, 25-20.

Last week, Trigg beat Caldwell 12-25, 25-21, 25-22 at Wildcat Gym in what Erickson called their biggest victory of the season.

"We beat them on our home floor, and we haven’t played well there all season. We realize now that we can beat them, and it gives us momentum," he said.

Trigg County fell behind 19-2 in the first game to Caldwell Sept. 27 but staged a rally before falling 25-12.

The Lady Wildcats improved their serve and volley game in the final two games to post the three-game win – their sixth of the season.

Cayla Hampton celebrated her 15th birthday with 11 blocks at the net, eight kills, and three assists.

Annie Crabtree had six kills, while Ashley Adams had three kills.

Casey Banister added 11 assists, Kalesha Williams had three aces, and Sha’Nita Grubbs had three blocks and two kills.

"It was our most impressive win all season," Erickson said.

Caldwell County won the J.V. game 21-17, 22-20.

The Lady Wildcats could not shake off a slow start and lost to Calloway County 26-24, 25-23, 25-10 Sept. 28 at Wildcat Gym.

Trigg County fell behind 9-3 before they started pecking away at the Lady Lakers (4-12), who snapped a seven-game losing streak with the win.

Ashley Adams served five straight points, including an ace to tie the game at 14.

Calloway ran off the next five points to take a 19-14 lead before Trigg forced a sideout.

Kalesha Williams served three aces and had Trigg within one point of a win at 24-19, Calloway forced a sideout.

The Lady Lakers scored the next six points to stun Trigg and win the game 26-24.

In game two, Trigg County again fell behind early and trailed 10-5.

Ashley Adams served five straight points, including an ace, and Cayla Hampton blocked two points to keep the game close.

The game was tied at 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, and 23 before Hampton served an ace to win the game 25-23.

When Trigg County fell behind 13-5 in the third game, they couldn’t recover and lost 25-10.

"Calloway County has improved a lot since the beginning of the year. We didn’t play that well and just couldn’t keep coming back every time," Erickson said.

Trigg County traveled to Madisonville Sept. 30 and fell to the Lady Maroons 25-13, 25-14. No details of the game were available, although Erickson was pleased with Trigg’s effort.

"Madisonville played a flawless match. We had some bright spots, but Madisonville is a tough team."

The Lady Maroons improved to 23-6 with the win over the Lady Wildcats.
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