Cedarville Bumps Tri-Village Out Of Tournament

Tri-Village senior, Nataleigh Koontz goes for a Lady Patriots kill in tournament play with Cedarville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

TROY – The No. 14 seed Tri-Village Lady Patriots dropped a 3-0 first-round tournament volleyball match against the No. 7 seed Cedarville Lady Indians with three Lady Patriots playing their final career volleyball match; No. 3 Nataleigh Koontz, No. 6 Kiersten Wilcox, and No. 14 Macy Howell.

Tri-Village senior, Kiersten Wilcox serves for the Lady Patriots in tournament play with Lady Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lady Patriots senior, Macy Howell taps the ball over the net vs Cedarville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“They are three of the best kids you could ever ask for,” said Tri-Village first-year coach, Taylor Rawlings.   “They’re the best role models to my younger girls because we are young this year. They are three of the best kids you could have. “We’ll miss them a lot.”

Lilly Camacho goes for Tri-Village kill in Lady Patriots tournament matchup with Cedarville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Cedarville opened the first set with double-digit leads of 19-9 and 23-13 on its way to a 25-15 opening set win taking an early 1-0 advantage.

The Lady Trojans look to have turned the corner in set No. 2 taking a lead of 12-8 before Cedarville would even the score at 17-17, 20-20, and 21-21 only to have the Lady Indians use a 4-0 run to close out the second set with a 25-21 win and a 2-0 lead.

Tri-Village freshman, Kenna Willcox goes strong to the net in tournament action. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Tri-Village was quickly looking at a third 6-13 deficit with Cedarville extending its lead to 20-12 on its way to a 25-15 win.

The Lady Patriots return five freshmen, two sophomores, and four juniors for the 2024-2025 volleyball season.

“That’s a plus,” said Coach Rawlings. “We played young this year but looking forward, I think that will make us stronger because we have a lot of kids that have that experience on varsity.”

Reagyn Hager (10) & Kynnedi Hager (17) go for a Tri-Village block in tournament match with Cedarville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)