The Eminence Warriors’ volleyball team had their first close match of the season on Aug. 28 at home against the Williamstown Lady Demons and came away with a hard-fought 25-20, 25-23 victory.
The first game was very close early on as neither team could string together a long rally. The Lady Demons led 3-2 but then the Warriors went up 8-5 after two aces by Brie Prewitt.
The Lady Demons rallied from behind to go up 12-10. The Warriors came back with a 6-2 run to go up 16-13 on an ace by GaiLynn Carroll, but Williamstown answered with a 3-0 run to tie the score at 16.
The Warriors finally got some breathing room at that point by going on a 4-0 run. Kennedy Fitzgerald got a kill to make it 22-17 and gave the Warriors their biggest lead of the match. From there, the teams traded points until Williamstown hit the ball out of bounds on game point to give the first game to the Warriors.
In the second game the Warriors got out to a 17-11 lead and appeared to be cruising to an easy win after Carroll tipped the ball over the net into an empty space.
But the Lady Demons worked their way back into the game and eventually tied the score at 21 on a good kill shot. At that point momentum had completely swung to the visitors and they went on to take a 23-21 lead.
The Warriors’ experienced lineup dug in and scored the next three points. Prewitt got a kill, then Emily Coomes served an ace and finally Williamstown made a hitting error to bring the Warriors to within one point of a victory. The final point came on a kill shot into open court by Destiny Dale and the Warriors began to celebrate.
The team received a mixed review from their coach, Stephanie Barrows.
“They played inconsistently compared to how I know they can play,” said Barrows. “We missed way too many serves! But the girls now know they can handle the pressure of a close game and being able to pull out the win. I think that overall the team did okay. The girls know what we need to work on and took away some good things from this game. We are now able to move on and just get better from this point on.”
EHS 3, Carrollton 1
The Eminence Warriors traveled to Carrollton on Thursday to take on their district rivals, the Carroll County Lady Panthers, and came away with a 25-20, 25-19, 17-25 25-19 victory.
The Warriors were in control of the match throughout the first two games but the team lost focus in the third game and the Panthers pulled away for a 25-17 win. But the Warriors were able to gain momentum back with some big plays in the fourth and final game.
“The team played well,” Coach Stephanie Barrows said. “They made some great plays. Some of the key moments in the match came when GaiLynn had four aces in a row and Tiffany had a very powerful hit that went straight down on the 10-foot line during the fourth game. Emily Coomes also had some great plays at the net.
We still need to work on our serves and moving to cover each other but I was really proud of the girls. They are staying focused on their goals and determined to achieve them.”