Pollard, Eagles knock off Trojans

Published 9:09 pm Monday, October 4, 2010

Last week, the Goshen Eagles volleyball team took out in-county rival Pike County, and this week, the team was back it again.

In the second installment of the county matchup between GHS and Charles Henderson, the Trojans were looking to finish off the season strong, however, the Eagles would have no part of it.

On its home court, GHS took out CHHS in three-straight games, winning by the scores of 25-11, 25-14 and 25-18.

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The win improved the Eagles to 11-3 on the season, while the loss dropped the Trojans to 3-9.

A big part of the victory was thank to Ivia Pollard’s performance, as the sophomore finished with 24 total points, 21 of which came off serves.

In the first and second game, Pollard had runs of 13 and 12 consecutive points off of serves to help the Eagles get the win.

“What more can you say than Ivia Pollard,” GHS head coach Dee Hughes said following the game.

“She had a great day (Monday). She really helped put us in a great position to win.”

The victory comes a day before the Eagles’ final area match, which will be at home today against Highland Home.

With a victory over the Flying Squander, GHS will win the area, and host the upcoming area tournament.

“These girls are on a roll,” Hughes said.

“They have a formed a great chemistry with each other and it has really showed on the court. They come in ready to play everyday and they get the job done.

“Honestly, this has been the most enjoyable team I have coached,” she added.

For the Trojans, this is the team’s second-straight loss after defeating Dale Count last Monday.

“We just didn’t have the right attitude to play (Monday),” CHHS head coach Jennifer Sikes said.

“During one of the time outs I called, the girls told me they weren’t having fun playing.

“We had a great practice (Sunday) afternoon and then to come out and play like we did (Monday) is extremely frustrating,” the coach added.

The Trojans will play one more match, today against Eufaula, before the team enters its area tournament.

“I am going to go into the game with a positive attitude and hope the girls do the same,” Sikes said.

“A lot of our girls have been playing well and have the younger ones have stepped up. It’s just a matter of putting everything together.”

The Eagles will look to wrap up the area regular season title today, at home, against Highland Home with its match starting at 4 p.m. while the Trojans will look to get a win on the road against Eufuala, with a match also starting at 4 p.m.