Eagles claim area title

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Goshen Eagles claimed another area championship with wins over Elba and Zion Chapel on Monday evening in Goshen.

The Eagles began the night with a three-game sweep of the Tigers 25-11, 25-8 and 25-7 to advance to the area finals against Zion Chapel. The Eagles swept the Rebels 25-16, 25-14 and 25-21.

“I am very proud of these girls,” said head coach Amy Warrick. “I think they have worked hard this season. They deserve it. I am very pleased with how they progressed since the beginning of the season.”

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After handily winning the first two sets against the Rebels, the Eagles had to fight to win the third. The Eagles found themselves down by two at 18-16 before rallying to to even things up at 18. Goshen scored 7 of the final 10 points to secure the win and the championship.

“I was telling them, this is when we work on coming back,” Warrick said. “It’s big for us to come back and get ourselves back together.”

Kate Warrick finished the championship match with 5 aces, 10 points scored, 33 assists, 3 digs and a kill. Jada Hall had 6 points scored, 10 kills and 4 digs. Kelsey Gibson had 2 aces, 5 points scored, 15 kills, 2 blocks and 3 digs. Lydia Harrison finished with 4 points scored, 5 kills, 2 bocks and 3 digs, while Hannah Calhoun had 1 ace, 4 points scored, 1 kill and 19 digs.

The Eagles will now head to the region tournament, where they will begin play at 10:15 on Thursday at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery.

“We don’t want to be done there,” Warrick said. “We are going to stay focused and play hard. Hopefully we can get to the next level.”