5-time defending state champ Tripoli drops Trojets

BLAIRSBURG – Five-time defending Class 1A state champion Tripoli spoiled Senior Night for the Northeast Hamilton volleyball team here last night, but Trojets’ head coach Kacey Pruismann didn’t walk off the floor discouraged.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

“It wasn’t anything to hang our heads over,” she said after the fifth-ranked Panthers (13-10, 6-1 ISC) strolled to a 3-0 sweep, 25-5, 25-13, 25-12. “I thought we played well in the second and third sets … although it was a loss, it ended in a hard fought battle.”

NEH seniors Jaidyn Timm, Kaylee Massman and Taylor Olson all had productive nights in front of the attentive home crowd. Timm, the team’s libero, collected a team-high 11 digs. Massman distributed four assists, came up with three digs and delivered one kill. Olson had four digs.

“I’m very proud of our seniors,” Pruismann said. “I’ve had them since they were freshmen and I can’t imagine playing without them.”

The Trojets (6-18, 3-4 ISC) just couldn’t put up much of an offensive fight against the Panthers. They had just seven kills; Andi Anderson provided a team-best three.

“We couldn’t get much to go down on their defense,” Pruismann said. “We did amp up our defense after Tuesday’s loss (at Dunkerton) and I thought our kids played hard and hung in tough against their offense.”

Anderson also had seven digs. Lillian Chamness chipped in four assists, two digs and one kill.