Trojans fall to Satsuma in regionals

Published 8:56 pm Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Charles Henderson Trojans volleyball team had their season come to a close in the regional tournament Thursday when they fell in three straight games to Satsuma 25-7, 26-24 and 25-17.

The Trojans finished the season with a record of 22-13.

“They were better than we were today,” said head coach Sonny Kirkpatrick. “Some of our issues were the fact that they forced us to do things that we’re not good at. They attacked at a high level and we did not. It’s good to play teams like that because we know where we need to get to.”

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The 2018 season was coach Kirkpatrick’s second at the helm at Charles Henderson. Kirkpatrick came to Charles Henderson in hopes of rebuilding a program and even though they came up short on Thursday the regional tournament provided his players some valuable experience.

“This is the first year that we went into the regionals with an expectation to move on,” Kirkpatrick said. “We had expectations and sometimes those are hard to live up to. When we competed, it was fun to watch. We were doing some good things. We took the next step forward. We just have to continue to keep working at getting better.”

Samira Moore had nine kills, while Tanner Moore, Sydney Watson and Anyla Shipman each had three. Watson also added four aces, while Moore and Jaleigh Owens each had two.

“We have gotten better,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s disappointing to lose the way we did today. It’s the first time in as long as I know to be area champions. We’ve continued to take steps forward. We just have to continue to push and get better. I think we have a really bright future.”

The Trojans will say goodbye to seniors Laura Ashley Witherington, Moore and Nicole Barron.

“Our seniors did a really good job at leading the program,” Kirkpatrick said. “We are going to miss them tremendously. I think they can be happy in the fact that they helped us secure the foundation of where Charles Henderson volleyball is going to go.”