Goshen netters place third

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Goshen Eagles finished in third place in pool play during Saturday’s Montgomery Academy Mac Attack Tournament.
The Eagles defeated Alabama Christian Academy, but lost to both Montgomery and Prattville during the tournament.
“We came out really strong against Montgomery and played really well,” head coach Amy Warrick said. “Against Prattville we couldn’t seem to put a block on their hitters. They had some strong hitters and we couldn’t move fast enough to block it.”
The Eagles continued a trend of playing upper level schools to help get them ready for competition later in the year. By playing teams like Prattville and Montgomery Academy the Eagles are hoping to get the experience they need once area matches begin.
“I thought they did really good against Montgomery Academy,” Warrick said. “They didn’t back down, and I was proud of them for that game. It was not our best game against Prattville. I don’t think they intimated us. Maybe we thought they hit harder than Montgomery Academy.”
In the past matches the Eagles have had trouble on the serves, something the players have been practicing to overcome. The servers were better during the tournament, Warrick said, but still an area of focus.
“It was great against Montgomery Academy. I was really impressed I don’t think we missed a serve,” Warrick said. “We served really well coming out and that’s one reason why we played them so strong. Our serving was really good.”
Kati Thomas finished the weekend for the Eagles with 25 kills, 11 blocks and two aces. Casey Allen finished with 21 kills, 10 blocks and two aces.
Lexi Ellisor finished with 34 digs while Selena Ellis finished with 19.
Carmen Kelly finished the weekend with 50 assists.
During the tournament the Eagles dawned yellow headbands to gain awareness of childhood cancer, something they will continue to do all month long.
“Our assistant principal, Tony May, lost his daughter to cancer at an early age and one of our teachers lost a daughter to cancer at a young age,” Warrick said. “It is something that is very important to us.”

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