The 6A division Roseburg High School volleyball team has won fourteen of their last fifteen games, with a twelve-game winning streak broken only by a loss to West Albany at the Rogue Valley Classic tournament. On Oct. 2, the Eagles were overpowered by Roseburg in three sets by scores of 14-25, 19-25, and 12-25.
Possession of the ball was traded back and forth throughout the game. Roseburg was rarely able to hold the serve for longer than two points in a row, thanks to the defensive efforts of freshman middle blocker Kylene Briggs. She scored 5 blocks during this game.
Eagles head coach, Beth Bilden, named Briggs as one of the most improved players this season. “Kylene is really a force on the net,” Bilden said. “She’s getting better every day.”
Janelle Rodgers had 10 digs, and Kelly Brawner got 13 digs. Taylor Bidwell served an ace in the second set, and scored 4 kills.
Assistant coaches, Brittany Reynolds and Hannah Mannenbach, both expressed pride at how their Eagles performed against such a powerful program. “We had a couple really great rallies with Roseburg. I like seeing that competitive side of them,” Reynolds said.
Mannenbach echoed the sentiment for her freshman players, and highlighted Becca Ash as one who consistently contributes to the team. “She’s has been outstanding,” Mannenbach said.
A special note of appreciation goes out to Kyle Zerger, Jesse Sattler, Jorge Quintero and other members of the Eagles football team who have made their presence known at every Eagle Point volleyball game this season. Keep it up guys!
The next challenge for Eagles volleyball comes on Thursday, Oct. 11, when they play North Medford High School for their homecoming game. All are encouraged to attend. Support from the Eagles fans is needed now more than ever.