Eagles volleyball loses last game of season

In the final game of the 2012 volleyball season, visiting Ashland thumped the Eagles at home in three games by scores of 18-25, 13-25, 27-25 and 17-25. These were four hard-fought games, with hometown excitement coming in game three.

In the first game, Ashland broke on top with a four-point lead early in the contest. The Eagle never seemed to get it together, nor could they string any scores, taking just one or two at a time.

They did pull to within one at 10-11 then fell back again at 15-20. The teams exchanged points but in the end, the Eagles ran out of time to mount a comeback.

Game two was much the same as game one. The Eagles tied up the score at 3apiece, then the Grizzlies ran off three straight before trading serves. Later Ashland ran off another three point string and the Eagles found themselves down by nine with the score at 13-22. The grizzlies then finished out the game with three more while Eagle Point failed to score.

Game three was much the same until the Eagles caught fire at the end of the game. With the score against them, the ladies pulled out a sparkling victory punctuated by several long volleys, blocked shots and vicious spikes. Despite being down the Eagles fought back to pull from a 22-24 deficit to tie the game at 25-apiece, then score the next two for a 27-25 victory.

Unfortunately, game three seemed to take the steam out of the Eagles engine so they dropped game four and the series 1-3 in front of a large hometown crowd. According to the online scoreboard the record for the year was 6-14, but there were close series against North Medford, Crater and others that could have changed the entire picture drastically. Taylor Bidwell and Hannah Morris were tough on the front line. Several players made defensive gems, preventing a real blow-out.

The league is unusual with only two teams, so Ashland finished on top and the Eagles were second.


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