Eagles come out on top against Rebels Monday
Published 3:00 am Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Coming off the a grueling tournament in the Smith Station Invitational, the varsity Goshen Eagles picked things up right way with a match against the Zion Chapel Rebels on Monday.
It was a clean sweep for the Eagles as the junior high girls swept the Rebels 25-16 and 25-20 followed by jv team winning 25-17 and 25-10. The varsity closed out the night in impressive fashion by defeating the Rebels 25-14, 25-19 and 25-13.
All in all coach Amy Warrick was really happy.
“It’s good to be able to get sweeps,” Warrick Said. “I am happy for the junior high team. It was the first time they have played together as a team. It was big for them because they have never played volleyball before. I was proudest of all to see them do that. The JV looked a little sluggish to me, but they got better as things got going.
Over the weekend the varsity Eagles were involved in a grueling tournament that saw them play Northview, Smith Station, Opelika, Central and Harris County, Georgia. Overall the Eagles finished with a 2-3.
“We had a good tournament over the weekend and were able to fix some things,” Warrick said. “We were a little sluggish tonight we may have been a little tired. We looked better, we are getting there, we are a work in progress but we’re getting there.”
The Eagles got contributions from many players Monday night in their defeat over the Rebels. Kelsey Gibson finished the match with two blocks and five kills. Lexi Ellisor finished with 15 digs and two aces. Carmen Kelly led the team in assist with 37.
Kati Thomas had an overall good night with 19 kills, four blocks and three aces. Casey Allen had 13 kills, six blocks and one ace.
The varsity Eagles will once again have to have a quick turn they will participate in a tri match with Brantley and Kinston starting at 4 p.m. All three teams will then travel back to Goshen to compete once again.
“We just have to work through it. We missed quite a bit of serves. We serve to spots so we are really going to work on that,” Warrick said. “As for the junior high it’s a constant battle with fundamentals. So we are just going to keep working.”
The hope for Warrick and the Eagles is that the tournaments like the one last weekend will give them the confidence needed to once the playoffs begin.
“We played really good competition. We were the smallest team there we went up against 7A schools,” Warrick said. “They put us in a tougher bracket we had to really move. The movement and talking was something we had to do. They really tested us, which is probably why we are still tired today. It builds confidence. They thought I was crazy for taking them somewhere like that. It’s not about the season it’s about the playoffs and that’s what we are building to.