Coach pleased with youthful Trojans’ improvement

WORTON — After listening to coach Michelle Phillips talk up her players it would be reasonable to conclude that they had won this volleyball match.

“They played really, really well,” she said of the Trojans overall, before rattling off compliment after compliment about specific players: setter Izzy Anderson, libero Angel Cote, Love Jackson, Jaeda Hoxter, Zoe Angenieux, Asia Wilson and Hallie Beattie, to name a few.

It’s only after Phillips talks about what “good volleyball” had been played that you learn that her Kent County team on Sept. 14 had been defeated by 2022 region finalist North Dorchester, 3-1.

After dropping the first set, 25-15, Kent (1-3) came back to win the second set, 26-24, and even the match at 1-1.

Then North Dorchester’s varsity-level experience took over, and the Eagles took the next two sets, 25-9 and 25-10, to win the best-of-five match.

Why is that something to celebrate?

Because youthful Kent County — Hoxter and Emma Morris are the only seniors — is coming off a 2-13 season while North Dorchester (2-2) returns six players from last year’s 15-3 squad.

Phillips said she is excited by what she has seen so far. She applauded her players for their hard work, positive team chemistry and improvement.

“Yes, it’s nice to win,” she said. “But it’s so nice as a coach to see development and progress.”

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