NEW MADISON – Tri-Village honored three seniors; Edie Morris, Breanna Locke and Breeann Lipps and raised $1,450 for Breast Cancer Awareness prior to its home volleyball match with the visiting Arcanum Lady Trojans.
“I was surprised by the turnout,” said Tri-Village coach Chris Brewer. “It makes me feel good as a community member, as a coach, as a part of this school system to know that we can turn out and see where there is a need and help out. It means the world to me as a coach and as a member of this community.”
“Coach Brewer text me a couple weeks ago telling me about it and we were very happy to be a part of this,” said Arcanum coach Macey O’Dell. “We had our own Volley for the Cure to raise more money – this is awesome.”
The Arcanum Lady Trojans started strong and coasted to a 3-0 Cross County Conference win over the Tri-Village Lady Patriots.
“We came out strong tonight,” O’Dell stated. “I was very happy with the way we came out and then we kind of let up just a little bit that third match but still pulled off the win in three – so very proud of my girls”
“I think they saw the bigger picture (helping raise money) tonight,” said Brewer. “Senior night, this fund raiser, there are a lot of distractions. I kind of hoped we would have played a little bit better but I know their heart was in the right place – they had a good attitude all the way through.”
Arcanum opened play with an 8-1 lead in set No. 1 and finished strong to go up one set to none with a 25-11 win.
The Lady Trojans kept the momentum going in the second set grabbing a 13-5 advantage with the teams playing even, each putting 12 points on the board to close out the set with Arcanum scoring a 25-17 win sending the teams to the third game of the night.
The Lady Patriots found their stride in the third taking a 15-12 lead only to have the visitors knot the score at 15-15, 16-16, 17-17 and go on to a 25-20 win and take the match 3-0.
“Our entire team played great tonight,” O’Dell said. “Our hitters were on, that always helps and then my middle blockers getting some blocks. That is always a plus.”
“I wanted them to stay positive,” Brewer said. “I knew we were playing a good Arcanum team and come at you from a lot of different angles. I feel for the most part we put all the distractions behind us – we didn’t play our best ball tonight but it was a good team – Arcanum is a good team.”
Arcanum opens 2018 OHSAA DIII tournament play Tuesday, October 16 vs Dixie in an 8 p.m. start time at Brookville. Tri-Village beings D-IV plays Wednesday, October 17 against Southeastern at Covington with a 5 p.m. start time.
“We needed this one tonight going into tournament,” said O’Dell. “We’re going to play tough teams every night. We have to come out the way we came out that first set tonight playing strong.”
Coach Brewer reflected on the night one last time before leaving the gymnasium.
“We had our sponsors, people that sponsored items and baked goods and all the help out there,” concluded Brewer. “You can’t ask for more from parents, from your community.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Camille Pohl returns a serve for the Lady Trojans in CCC match at Tri-Village. (Gaylen Blosser photo)