EPHS volleyball in playoffs

Despite some setbacks and a 4-4 conference record during the Volleyball season, first-year head coach Jill Carrigan is taking her team to the playoffs.
The Lady Eagles finished the season in a tie for second place with rival Crater, four games behind conference champion Ashland.  During the season, the Eagles and Comets split to force a playoff at Crater on Oct. 29.  During that contest, it looked as if the Eagles might take it in three-straight, but the Comets came back to win games three and four.  That forced the match to the final game, which the Eagles took in dramatic fashion.
With the playoff win, the Eagles traveled to West Albany for the next round of playoffs on Nov. 3.  Pending the outcome of that game, the Eagles could advance to the state tournament beginning Nov. 10 in Portland.
The season has not been without setbacks.  Outside hitter Katie Jolliffe suffered a serious ankle injury, only to come back and make an important contribution to team efforts. 
Carrigan credits several players with contributions that helped to pull the team together.  Senior Setter, Ashley Josephson, Carrigan says, performed extremely well throughout the season as the center of the team’s offense.  Another senior, Marsha DeVaughn, as Libero (the player with the odd-colored jersey), was responsible for lots of digs, greatly helping spur the defense to play to their best.  Carrigan attributes many points to Joliffe following her recovery.  "She put a lot down for us," says the coach.
"I’m proud of them all," says Carrigan.  The coach credits the team with having to overcome many disappointments and challenges during the season.  Despite that, the ladies, consisting of eight seniors, five juniors and one sophomore continually rose to the occasion. 
Going into the tournament, everyone is physically well, and that can sometimes be a deciding factor as the games draw out-especially long, hard-fought games.  The team is in good spirits and that too, can be a big plus.
The game with conference champion West Albany was played after press time.
(Editor’s note- Eagle Point lost the game against W. Albany)
By Ralph McKechnie
Of the Independent

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