Goshen Eagles volleyball team anxious, excited about trip to Super Regionals

Published 7:33 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One week ago the Goshen Eagle volleyball team captured the area tournament trophy, but did not rest on its laurels.

The Eagles are preparing for a trip to the Alabama High School Association Super-Regionals. Though the Eagles roll in to Montgomery as a tournament winner, and a higher seed, they went back to work soon after winning the area championship.

“We have got to work on serve receive,” said Goshen head coach Amy Warrick. “We have been giving teams points, and cannot afford to keep making errors on serve receive. We also have been working on our offense, and setting up plays from different positions. “

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The Super-Regional round of the playoffs is set up as two day event, but is a single elimination style tournament.

A loss for the Eagles on Friday against Southern Choctaw, and the season is over.

“We are going prepared for one game at a time,” said Warrick. “You want to make plans to be there for Saturday because I believe in them, but we can’t overlook that game on Friday or Saturday won’t ever come.”

Warrick said that her team has potential to make a run at a state title, but would be satisfied with them giving their all and playing hard.

The Eagles hope to utilize their power game by setting up Ivia Pollard and Katie Thomas in kill situations. Warrick believes that if the Eagles can score points early, they will be able to relax and have fun.

“We have swapped some things up the last few days to get some energy going,” said Warrick. “All sports, but especially girls, if they team is having fun, they want play well. We need to have fun, but remember that this is the playoffs.

The tournament is being held at the Cramton Bowl Exhibition Center in downtown Montgomery. Warrick said that over 90 teams from across southern Alabama will play on Friday and Saturday, and 16 courts will be used at one time.

This year is the first time that the Super-Regional has been held in this type of format, something that Warrick believes can benefit her young team?

“We went to the Super Regionals last year, but it was held at Leroy High School,” said Warrick. “This big setting is new to everyone, and will kind of affect all the teams, even the older, more experienced ones.”

The southern part of the state is playing at the Cramton Bowl Exhibition Center in Montgomery, while the northern teams are meeting at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

Admission to the Super Regional round of the playoffs is $8.00 per person, per day.

The Eagles square off with the Southern Choctaw Indians on Friday at 3 p.m.