Lady Tigers Eye Improvement In 2016
By Chris Boothe
TRINITY – After a tough 2015 season, the Trinity Lady Tigers are looking for strong improvement in 2016. With just a handful of returning players from a year ago, the road will be tough, but not impossible for the Trinity Lady Tigers.
Trinity struggled in 21-3A last season, fighting with eventual State Champion Leon, as well as area powerhouse teams like Elkhart, Westwood, and Crockett. That left the Lady Tigers in a tough situation throughout the season, but one that they are looking to climb out of this season.
Jailyn Edwards look to lead the charge in 2016 after being named a 2nd Team All-District performer in 2015. Edwards is the most decorated returning player for the Lady Tigers, who graduated their only 1st Team All-District player in Brittani Vanderstucken.
Still, Edwards played a big role last year, and will see that role expand during her senior campaign. With several returning pieces around her, Edwards should have a good surrounding cast that will be capable of pulling off more wins as the season rolls along.
Trinity had three Honorable Mention athletes in 2015, including Breanna Morris, A’Rhyan Samford, and Kinley Searcy. With a couple of those ladies returning, along with experience coming up from the JV and Junior High levels, the Lady Tigers feel as if they can compete for a playoff spot in the upcoming season.
With a change in districts, which saw the departure of Leon, Elkhart, and Westwood, the Lady Tigers have already seen a boost in their playoff hopes. The new district will feature Anderson-Shiro, Coldspring-Oakhurst, New Waverly, Onalaska, Hempstead, and Crockett. While Anderson does have a good reputation in volleyball, none of the above teams bring the prestige of the teams lost to redistricting.
Of course, the offense will have to step up, but the Lady Tigers have the athleticism to make the jump and become a playoff team. The team will need to grow together quickly, but the pieces are in place for Trinity in 2016.