Eagles win volleyball tournament

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Goshen Eagles swept their way to the championship in the Northview Volleyball Tournament this weekend.

Goshen defeated Straughn 25-19, 25-21, Ariton 25-15, 25-22, Northview 25-11, 25-22, Smith Station 27-25, 26-24 and in the championship game, Goshen defeated Houston Academy 25-18, 25-15.

“I was very proud of the girls,” said Eagles head coach Amy Warrick. “They showed a lot of improvement this weekend.”

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The two games against Northview and Smith Station were rematches of games played at the Smith Station Invitational, both of which the Eagles lost.

“To play people that had already beaten us and to come back and beat them is what I like to see,” Warrick said. “We didn’t miss nearly as many serves. We seem to be doing the things that we have been working on during practice and it seems to be transferring over to game play.”

After getting passes Straughn and Ariton fairly easily to begin the day, The Eagles ran into a tough task when they went up Smith Station. Although the Eagles defeated them in straight sets, both games required extra points before the game was won.

The Eagles have been successful all season long when they are able to move on the court and pass the ball efficiently on the court. The Eagles did both in Northview.

Houston was another rematch between the two schools. Goshen was able to beat Houston Academy earlier in the season and followed suit again in the championship round of the tournament.

All these wins give Goshen a lot of confidence heading down the stretch. It also gave the players some good competition heading into the late stretches of the season before the area tournament begins.

“It was good to build confidence,” Warrick said. “We made a few changes in our rotations and put ourselves into a quicker pace. Both times that we have made those changes we ended up third in the tournament. I think we are heading in the right direction. It was a good confidence booster at the right time.”

The Eagles will play on Tuesday against Northview and Dothan followed up by New Brockton and Northview on Thursday before hosting a tournament of their own later this weekend.

Several plays performed well over the weekend: Kati Thomas finished with 79 kills, 22 blocks, 19 digs and two aces. Casey Allen finished with 55 kills, 20 blocks and 14 digs. Carmen Kelly had 143 assists and 10 digs. Lexie Ellisor had 43 digs and one ace.

Hannah Calhoun had 81 digs and two aces.