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High school volleyball
Tribe drops opener in three
HUTSONVILLE - Lawrenceville High School's volleyball team got off to a quick start in Thursday's opening match of the season, but couldn't sustain its momentum.

The host Tigers rallied from behind, spoiling the debut of new LHS coach Trinity Britton, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16, in Litle Illini Conference competition.

"I think we lost control of things," said Britton, who was coaching at the high school level for the first time. "We lost our want-to. I'm not OK with that."

Thanks in large part to the serving of senior Katy Trinkle, the Indians never trailed in the first game. Trinkle served five straight points in the early going, including a pair of aces, as the Tribe built a 6-2 lead. LHS held leads of 17-9 and 19-12, before Palestine crept to within 23-21. LHS closed out the game with a block by Sadie Newlin and Heidi Litherland's service point.

Hutsonville jumped out to comfortable leads in both the second and third games, and cruised to the win. In the second game, the Indians rallied from a 23-15 deficit to cut the gap to 23-19, but failed to get closer. Hutsonville used a six-point run in the third game to build a 19-8 lead, and was never threatened.

Britton says poor serving was partly to blame for the result. LHS missed an array of serves, in all three games.

"The only standout server was Trinkle," Britton says. "She kept us in the game."

The new coach was happy with the Indians' net play, as well as the passing and setting.

"I'm not upset with the night, for sure," she said.

Trinkle finished with eight aces, while Kourtney Osmon added four and McKenzi Kelly two.

Kelly topped the team with seven kills. Osmon added five, Hannah Johnson three, Taylor Houck two and Sadie Newlin one. Kelly added two blocks and Osmon one.

Trinkle led the team with 14 assists. Litherland was 25 of 32 in the passing department, while Liana Bales was good on 7 of 10.

Hutsonville also won the junior varsity match, 25-12, 25-22.

LHS will return to action Thursday, when it hosts Robinson.


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