The Eminence Warrior volleyball team ran their record to 18-2 with a win over Portland Christian at home on Thursday night. The Warriors celebrated senior night by downing the Lady Eagles 25-15, 25-17.
The Warriors got off to a good start with Emily Coomes getting a tip at the net, GaiLynn Carroll serving an ace and Coomes getting a block to give the team a 3-0 lead. The Warriors gradually built the lead until it reached 13 points at 19-6. The Warriors’ service game was on as they had eight aces in the opening run.
The Warriors kept the pressure on as they ran the score to 23-8 before Portland Christian began to make a comback.
At 24-10, the Lady Eagles scored five consecutive points to make it 24-15 but the comeback ended with a serve out of bounds and the Warriors had a 1-0 lead in the best of three match.
Portland Christian started game two as they had finished game one and jumped out to a 6-3 lead. But Tiffany Thomas got two kills sandwiched around a Brie Prewitt ace to tie the score at 6.
At 7-7 Destiny Dale got an ace to put the Warriors up 8-7 and they would never trail from that point forward.
At 12-9 Madison Pittman got two consecutive aces to put the Warriors up 14-9. After a missed serve the Warriors got it back with a kill by Prewitt. An ace by Carroll and a kill by Coomes made it 17-10 and forced Portland Christian into a timeout. Out of the timeout Coomes had another kill to increase the lead to eight.
At 19-12 Coomes served another ace and Thomas had two straight kills to increase the lead to ten at 22-12.
Portland Christian once again tried to make a late rally but the Warriors withstood it and closed out the game 25-15.
After the game coach Stephanie Barrows talked about her seniors who went through senior night ceremonies as a group rather than individually. “The seniors showed their unity by going out on the floor together,” Barrows said. “That tells you everything about this group. They have had common goals all year and wanted to be recognized as a group.”
Barrows felt her team slightly below par in the match. “Tonight we took care of business,” she said. “It was not our best but we got the job done.
Next week with Williamstown, we need to look at that as preparation for the district tournament and come in really focused.”
EHS 3 KCD 0
The Warriors traveled to Louisville on October 8 to take on the Kentucky Country Day Bearcats and try to avenge one of their two losses on the season.
The Bearcats came into the Warriors gym on September 17 and beat the Warriors two games to one in a match that stunned a team that had grown accustomed to defending its home turf.
The Warriors won the rematch in three hard-fought games 25-22, 25-21, 28-26.
“It was phenomenal volleyball to watch,” Barrows said. “Every game the teams fought for every point.”
After winning a close opening game, Barrows said the second game was even closer. “It was back and forth the whole way,” Barrows said. “Tiff had good hits and blocks and we had good sets in the game but the play that changed things was a save by Emily just inside the antennae. She went far out of bounds to get to the ball and somehow got the ball just inside the antennae from a very tight angle. I don’t think I have seen anything like it before.”
In the final game the Warriors fell behind by six late in the game but came back to win 28-26.
“It was important to the team because KCD had beaten them earlier and they knew how good they were and they wanted to prove they were just as good as them,” Barrows said. “It was an overall team performance. They went and had a goal in mind and achieved it.”