“That was fun,” head coach Elizabeth Bilden said.
The first set started off with both teams trading service point-for-point. But soon, the Eagles found their rhythm and went on two separate four point runs to win by exactly those eight points. Early in the second set, Carolina Regalado served an impressive nine point run to put Eagle Point at a 10-2 lead which was never in danger of being lost. Regalado had 22 serves over the whole game, and out of 34 team kills 24 resulted from her assists.
Crater rallied in the third set, tying the score at 13-13 and then moving to a 16-20 lead. At game point for the Comets, the Eagles were down by five and it looked like Crater might force a fourth set. But, driven by the efforts of Jenna Richardson and Whitney Barber, Eagle Point came all the way back to take the set by two. Richardson and Barber claimed 4 kills apiece in the third set, and Barber had 9 kills overall. Coach Bilden commented that her “entire team showed heart at the end.”
The freshman team succeeded as well, winning two out of three sets by the scores 25-22, 22-25, 15-13. There were plenty of good volleys, according to one parent. Coach Hannah Mason showed a lot of pride in the performance of her athletes, and described it as “the best freshman game I’ve ever seen.”
It was also senior night for the varsity team. All eight seniors were accompanied by their parents to receive flowers and balloons in front of the crowd. Erica Wood plans to attend SOU and pursue a career in nursing. Whitney Barber also wants to go to SOU, with the goal of teaching or coaching someday. Lesley Neilson plans to study in the field of dentistry after high school. Shelby Zelnar wants to move to San Diego to become a surfer. Jenna Richardson plans to attend college to become an anesthesiologist. Carolina Regalado wishes to continue playing volleyball at the collegiate level, and is after a career in the medical field. Amanda Kady desires to study sports medicine at OSU. Christine McCready would like to study sports medicine as well when she enrolls in college next Fall.
The Eagles will travel to Ashland High School on Oct. 27th to play their last game of the regular season and determine their standings in the conference.
By Michael Stephens
For the Independent