|EHS wins county volleyball title|
The Eastern High School volleyball team hasn’t claimed a volleyball title in a few years, but Saturday they changed that.
The Lady Musketeers beat Salem and West Washington on their way to the Washington County Championship.
“It felt great to see the girls win the county tourney,” said EHS Head Coach Samantha Bradbury. “They all worked together to do their job and played as a team.”
Senior Emily Eisenback said winning the title was something she and her classmates have always wanted to accomplish.
“It’s honestly a great feeling,” she said. “We’ve been waiting our whole high school careers to be county champs and winning it is a dream come true!”
Through Eastern’s first four matches Eisenback has been one of the team’s leaders.
She attributes her fast start to an off-season that saw her transform her body!
“Personally, I have lost a lot of weight,” Eisenback said. “I started eating healthy and running a lot. It has helped me jump higher and move faster and just be more agile over all.”
As for the team, Eisenback said one of the keys early on has been familiarity with Bradbury.
“We’re moving a lot more than last year and communicating a lot better,” she said. “Overall, we’re just finally working together.
“We also kind of knew what to expect entering the season, because it’s coach’s second year with us. She’s a great coach and we’re so glad to have her!”
In Saturday’s tournament Bradbury highlighted the play of seniors Bailey England and Laken Heavner.
The county title was one of the team’s goals, but it is just scratching the surface of what they want to accomplish this year.
“Our main goals this year are to win a sectional title, and have a winning season,” Eisenback said. “To meet these goals we have to stay on our toes and move, and keep communicating the way we have been.”
“The county title was a goal for the team,” she said. “We are taking each match and making sure we stay focused as a team. Communication and leadership is a big part of our success this season.
“We are striving to do better each day in practice and in matches. Sectional play is something the seniors are really wanting, but we are preparing for that every match. We also want to have a winning season.”
The Lady Musketeers are 3-1 to start the young season.
The following are results from Eastern’s other matches to start the season:
The Eastern High School volleyball team opened the 2015 season with a pair of Mid Southern Conference foes.
They opened the season with a loss to Brownstown Central, but rebounded with a three game sweep of visiting Corydon Central.
Against the Lady Braves of Brownstown, the Lady Musketeers couldn’t get anything going. They scored just 44 total points over three games in the match they lost, 25-17, 25-10, 25-17.
Senior Emily Eisenback led the team with six kills on 20 attempts.
Eisenback also landed two aces in the match.
Destinee Mattix had seven assists to lead the way for EHS.
Laken Heavner led the way with 14 digs, Mattix had 12 and Eisenback had 10.
“The girls played really well in first set,” said Head Coach Samantha Bradbury. “They struggled with communication in the second and third, but overall played as a team.
“Laken Heavner did a nice job digging balls, and being a leader on and off the court. Bailey England and Marie Terry did a nice job on getting to the net to block.”
Against the visiting Lady Panthers, Eastern was the dominant team, winning, 25-22, 25-21, 25, 22.
The victory improved their record to 1-1 on the young season.
Eisenback led the team in kills with six and Marie Terry, who is a sophomore, added four.
In addition to her four kills, Terry had four solo blocks.
Eastern landed seven aces in the match, with Eisenback and freshman Angel Campbell both landing two.
Defensively, four Eastern players had double digits in digs, led by England with 19, Heavner had 18, Eisenback had 17 and Mattix recorded13.
Mattix also had 11 assists on Eastern’s 16 total kills.
“Angel Campbell, a freshman played well at the net, she found her rhythm and started hitting line and cross court,” Bradbury said of the varsity’s win. “She has a consistent serve that was needed to bring us back in the game. Marie Terry did a nice job blocking, serving and being confident in her skills. We have things we need to work on, we still let some balls hit the floor that shouldn’t have, but overall they came back to finish the game in three, as a team!”
Eastern’s JV lost its match in two games.
“The JV lost in two, they are working together and working on passing,” Bradbury said. “We just need to play smart and quick. Shaley Thomas did a nice job on digging the ball and getting them to our setter (against Corydon).”
The Lady Musketeers competed in the county tournament over the weekend (see story in this section of the paper). They were back in action with a home match against visiting Clarksville and will play in a tournament Saturday.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:34|