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Trinity-Byrnes volleyball looks to build off strong finish

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Darlington – The Trinity-Byrnes volleyball team finished the season with an 11-9 overall record.

But the Lady Titans made a strong showing in region play by finishing second and made it to the state tournament. They went three rounds in before eventually falling to First Baptist.

“We started off our season with a win, and then we lost the next three matches while we were dealing with some injuries,” head coach Dare Morris said. “One of my seniors – who plays all around the court for me – hurt her ankle in that first week, so the injury bug really hurt us in the beginning.

“But we got stronger as the season went on.”

Morris is looking for that trend to continue next year. T-B had to replace a number of players off of last year’s squad, but had just two seniors this season – Taylor Cunningham and Ragan Swartz.

It took some time for some of the new players to adjust and for some of the returning players to get used to their new roles, Morris said.

“We had one jayvee player who came up and had to get acclimated to playing varsity and another player who was usually a hitter (Emma Johnston) had to switch to being a setter,” she said.

The team started to click down the stretch. Junior outside hitter and setter Cameron Morris was one of the big contributors along with Swartz and freshman Jennifer Rials – who stepped in to play well, coach Morris said.

 “Every girl has their part and every girl plays their part,” she added. “Chase Hayes, who is one of my middles, can out-block anybody and volleyball really isn’t her (sport), basketball is actually. But she’s done a great job the past two years.”

Other key members of the team were sophomore Sarah Price, junior Anna Perry and freshman Grace Miller Moody.

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