TENSE TALK: Rebels’ head coach Chris Johnson talks strategy during Wednesday’s volleyball game with Clarksville in Hanover. Southwestern lost 3-0. (Staff photo by David Hill)
TENSE TALK: Rebels’ head coach Chris Johnson talks strategy during Wednesday’s volleyball game with Clarksville in Hanover. Southwestern lost 3-0. (Staff photo by David Hill)
Southwestern is still looking for its first volleyball victory of the season after dropping a 25-16, 25-22, 25-18 decision to Clarksville Wednesday night in their home opener.

While admitting he wasn't happy following the match, head coach Chris Johnson said he did see some improvement over Monday's season opening loss at South Dearborn.

"We made some improvements," the coach said. "But getting to where we need to be this early in the season is tough with a team this young.

"Our defense was in system more often tonight and we looked much more comfortable playing together," he continued. "Now, I feel like we can go back and work on some fundamental fixes and start developing our offense."

The Rebels dropped their opening game 25-16 before showing vast improvement in game two in a close 25-22 loss.

The game was close all the way with numerous ties, especially in the early-going. Southwestern enjoyed its final lead at 21-20 before being outscored 5-2 by Clarksville the rest of the way.

The third game was the most disappointing as the Rebels found themselves down by nine (23-14) after trailing by just three (15-12) just moments earlier.

Southwestern rallied lightly in the end but it wasn't enough.

On the night, Brittney Ralston was Southwestern's leader with nine kills on 16 attempts with one block. Madison Coles had two kills, one block and two aces; Meagan Ralston had three aces, went 8-for-8 serving and added eight assists and one kill; and Kelsi Brierly had two aces on 4-for-4 serving, one kill and 27 digs.

The Rebels host Scottsburg Monday in another quest to put their first win on the board.

"We made some adjustments tonight which worked out well for us, so I think the team is coming around. We will look much improved after a few days off," Johnson said.

Lady Raiders win opener for 37th straight in NCKC

It's a new volleyball season but Trimble County's winning streak against North Central Kentucky Conference foes remained intact after the Raiders dispatched Gallatin County 25-10, 25-18, 25-12 in Warsaw on Wednesday.

The Lady Raiders have now won 37-straight matches against NCKC opponents, 45-straight counting tournaments. Trimble hasn't lost a match in league play since a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Henry County on Oct. 6, 2010.

"I was pleased to see great unselfish teamwork and very happy to have a season open with victory on the road," Trimble coach Ruth Staples said.

Sydney Weaver was 21-of-21 serving with three aces, a kill and 28 defensive digs, Kayla Baker was 9-of-11 serving with an ace, five kills and 29-of-31 setting, Shelby Black was 11-of-12 serving with three aces, 12 kills and seven blocks, Kate Staples was 13-of-14 serving with three aces, four kills and 24-of-26 setting, Destiny Schroeder was 7-of-8 serving with an ace, nine kills and four blocks, Katie Gonterman had five kills and three blocks, and Kaylee Clifford was 5-of-6 serving with an ace, seven kills and seven blocks.

Trimble, now 1-0 overall and in the NCKC, hosts Oldham County today in a 29th District seed match.