COLUMBIA—The Richard Winn Lady Eagles defeated Heathwood Hall in five games on Tuesday, winning 23-25, 17-25, 29-19, 25-19, 15-11. The win moves the Eagles to 6-1 on the season. Though they pulled out the victory, RWA Head coach Callie Sims said her team played a bit ragged during the first two games.
“The first two games were rough—the girls weren’t mentally prepared. They were able to pull it together and come out with a win, but it wasn’t pretty,” she said. “The team knew they were under performing; it was a matter of finding a way to pick up the game.”
The team was a bit short handed for the match. Rebecca Robertson (DS) has been out for the past 3 weeks with a broken sesamoid bone. Sims hopes to have her back next week. Megan Simpson (libero) missed the Heathwood Hall match due to illness but Sims anticipated she would return for Thursday’s conference match with Oakbrook.
During the final game with Heathwood, Emily Brigman hurt her shoulder but the extent of that injury was not known at press time.
“Hopefully we can stay healthy and mentally prepared for the remainder of the season,” Sims said.
Unofficial results from the Heathwood Hall/RWA match had Alyssa Atkerson leading the team in assist with Madison Wade and Sarah Grier Thompson also chipping in for the assist column. Other statistical leaders were:
Jaycie Johnson - 2 aces, 1 kill, 3 blocks
Carson Justice - 1 ace, 5 kills
Emily Brigman - 3 kills
Cassidy Branham - 2 kills
Sarah Grier Thompson - 1 kill
The junior varsity Eagles squad also defeated Heathwood Hall, winning 17-25, 25-23, 25-19.