Volleyball against Ashland is EPHS 2-1

At Eagle Point’s varsity volleyball game on Thursday, Oct. 6 was the first time, one might say, that the Eagles’ home crowd was out done in vocal enthusiasm. Over four sets, it appeared the Eagles were worn down with banter and stomped bleachers in the visitor’s section. Eagle Point lost to Ashland High School by 1-3 sets with scores of 24-26, 23-25, 25-21, 17-25.

The Eagles have previously beaten the Grizzlies twice this season, once at Ashland and once in the Rogue Valley Classic Tournament. JV coach Brittany Reynolds spoke of Ashland being hungry for a win over Eagle Point, and said their next game at Ashland (Oct. 27) will be “quite the standoff.”

As the scores suggest, the first two sets were closely fought, back-and-forth games where Ashland stayed just ahead of the Eagles and won by the minimum required two points. The second game started right away with a six point run for the Eagles served by Carolina Regalado. But they lost the lead on a five point run for Ashland late in the game, and could not get it back. Strong hitting from Whitney Barber, Jenna Richardson and Christine McCready forced errors on the Grizzly side and allowed the Eagles to take away the third set by a four point spread. The fourth set saw Ashland quickly returning the favor. Barber and McCready were the offensive leaders for the Eagles with around 11 kills apiece throughout the evening.

The freshman team won 2-1 sets, taking the last two by three point leads. Coach Hannah Mason praised her athletes for being “coachable,” and went on to say, “When they have fire, [their] intensity makes them unstoppable.”

Junior varsity also won 2-1 sets, beating Ashland in the first and third. Coach Brittany Reynolds expressed pride about how they are “building a strong program” this season, adding that her JV team beat the varsity team from Butte Falls High School last Thursday, September 29th.

Eagle Point volleyball will travel to South Medford High School on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and will play their next home game against Grants Pass High School on Thursday, Oct. 13. The “Dig Pink” fundraiser event for breast cancer awareness will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, when the Eagles will host Crater High School.
By Michael Stephens
for the Independent

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