Volleyball Warriors finish season on a 4-game winning streak

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By Greg Woods

After defeating their cross-county rivals nearly two weeks ago, the Emience Warriors closed out the regular season with three more wins, ending on a four-game winning streak.
On Oct. 2nd they defeated KCD 3-2, on Oct. 3 they downed Southern 2-0 and on Thursday they avenged a previous defeat to Portland Christian 2-0.
EHS 2 Portland Christian 0
On senior night, the Warriors played well with seniors Mesha Cooper and Chelsea Wright in the starting lineup.
In the first game the Warriors were down 3-1, when Wright stepped back to serve. The Warriors won three straight points on Wright’s serve to take a 4-3 lead. The game was tight with neither team leading by more than two points until EHS went up 17-14. Finally, at 19-16 the Warriors got an ace from Emily Coomes and then Gailynn Carroll put up one of her patented fake set shots to stretch the lead to 22-16.
PCHS won the serve at 22-17, but Cooper came up with a kill to get the serve back and make the score 23-17. After a tip by Portland Christian, Tiffany Thomas had a kill and Cooper served out the first game for the Warriors.
In the second game, the Warriors again fell behind 3-0 to open. But they came back to tie the game at 4-4 with Wright serving. The Warriors went on a 5-0 run on Wright’s serve and pulled in front 9-4.
Portland Christian narrowed the margin to 2 points at 10-8 and 14-12, but Thomas took over at the net and delivered a series of kills and blocks that put the game out of reach. Of the last 11 points scored by the Warriors, Thomas accounted for 7 points at the net. The final score was EHS 25, Portland Christian 14.
 “The keys to winning this game were that we played our game; we ran our offense and defense very well,” Coach Stephanie Barrows said. “We are really going to miss our seniors next year! They are both amazing young ladies that bring a lot of fun and excitement to the team and the game!”
Looking ahead to district play, Barrows said, “I think the team is very determined going into districts! They have a goal in mind and really want to achieve it! Tiffany had a great game at the net. Gailynn did a great job of finding the holes and setting everyone up.”
EHS 2 Southern 0
The Warriors gave a strong effort against Southern winning 25-12, 25-16.
“The big key to winning this match was staying focused and the girls kept their eyes on their goal for the season,” Barrows said.
In a close contest at KCD the Warriors came out victorious by scores of 25-20, 26-28, 25-20, 20-25 and 15-12.
“We still need to work on our defense and serving going into district play,” Barrows said.