Eagles survive Cyclones, get clawed by Griffins
by Kevin Boozer Staff Writer
WINNSBORO — After defeating Chester High School on Monday to run their record to 5-0, the Lady Eagles dropped their first match of the season Tuesday in home action against Spartanburg Day Academy.
“Unfortunately, Spartanburg Day was the first team we played that was really a challenge for us, so we weren’t as prepared as we could have been for that caliber of play. We made mistakes that cost us the game, but that’s what volleyball is about— who can make less mistakes. We made some crucial serving errors and we weren’t able to set up our front row as much as we should have,” Head Coach Callie Sims said.
Sims said the team will regroup and focus more on serving and attacking the opposition to take advantage of powerful RWA hitters. She said she was pleased with the hustle, attitude and heart the girls displayed.
Now, as the level of competition increases, they need to translate that effort for blocks and digs into scoring opportunities.
“We’ve got to work on controlling the ball and the tempo of the game, and we’ll be able to do that if we can get our offensive game going and attack,” she said.
RWA leaders in the Spartanburg Day match included Jaycie Johnson (8 kills, 7 blocks); Carson Justice (2 kills, 1 block, 2 aces); (Marion Walker Coleman (1 kill); Madison Wade (1 kill); Emily Brigman (4 blocks); Alyssa Atkerson (1 ace) and Megan Simpson (12 saves/digs).
“I think all of the players were frustrated after the game because they played hard and they played well, but didn’t come out with the win they wanted,” she said.
The SD Lady Griffins won in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-19.
Monday the Lady Eagles were riding high after knocking off the Chester High School Cyclones on the road by a score of 25-11, 25-11, 25-11. At 5-1 they are off to a solid start with conference play looming. Sims knows they need to step up their overall game if this squad is to earn its goal of making the playoffs this season.
“We know that conference play is where we’ll have to prove ourselves, and we have a lot to prove,” she said.
Sims said the girls will work harder than ever in practice as they ready themselves for conference play.
RWA played Spartanburg Christian at home on Thursday but results were not available for this edition of The Herald Independent. Their next home match is Sept. 17 versus Heathwood Hall.
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