Eagle Point’s varsity volleyball team edged out an exciting win over the North Medford Black Tornado on Thursday, Sept. 22 in what head coach Elizabeth Bilden called a “very competitive game.” After 5 sets, the Eagles had won 3, by scores of 25-19, 14-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13.
Christine McCready and Amanda Kady worked well together as a defensive duo. Kady had 11 blocks during the game, and McCready had 12 blocks in addition to her 10 kills and 48 digs. Carolina Regalado set up 33 assists, and Whitney Barber put down 13 kills. Jenna Richardson put on a strong performance even with one hand taped for what looked like a wrist injury. (Richardson’s injury status is unconfirmed, however.)
Lesley Neilson was the ace-up-the-sleeve for the Eagles. Neilson collected 14 kills and 52 digs for the evening. “She had a great game,” Coach Bilden said.
The first set was dominated by the Eagles as they went on four-point and five-point service runs to win with relative ease. North Medford was more heated for the second set, taking an early 3-9 lead and making a six point run to cinch the win. Both teams traded blows almost point-for-point during the third set and, despite an early North Medford run, the Eagles managed to take it at the end. The fourth set saw some aggressive ball placement from the Black Tornado and the Eagles spent more time reacting than acting. But the Eagles came back in the fifth set, and at game point it was McCready with the winning kill. Coach Bilden commented “Ultimately, we were able to pull together.”
Eagle Point will travel to Crater High School on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and to Roseburg on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Their next home game will be with Ashland and is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6.
By Michael Stephens
For the Independent