Alumni were among the faithful gathered for an Eagles’ Homecoming battle Friday, Sept. 27, with the Pierz Pioneers. Unfortunately, they witnessed a shellacking, as Pierz cruised to a 36-6 victory in the Central Minnesota Conference test. The loss drops Eden Valley-Watkins to 1-3 in the division and 1-4 on the campaign. Senior quarterback Nick Pauly hit Cain Renner in the end zone for the Eagles’ sole touchdown. Pierz senior running back Nathan
Athman was too much for EV-W, as he scored three touchdowns in the rout. The Eagles travel to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted to take on the Lakers in a Central Minnesota test Friday, Oct. 4.
The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team competed in the Dassel-Cokato tournament Satur-day, Sept. 28. This type of tournament really doesn’t mean too much in the win/loss aspect. It is an excellent forum to play against good competition and gather in a lot of valuable experience. The EV-W girls played four matches, vs. Kimball, Sibley East, Dassel-Cokato, and Rockford.
EV-W lost to Kimball 15-25, 17-25: Hitting: Brittany Hesse 10-11 (3 kills); Tiffany Donnay 13-15 (3 kills); Mindy Forcier 5-6 (3 kills); Serving: Christina Salzl 4-4 (2 aces); Jamie Scherer 4-5; Blocks: Brittany Hesse 4-7 (2 solo); Digs: Brittany Hesse 8-11; Sets: Faith Forcier 14-16 (4 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 13-16 (3 assists).
Lost to Sibley East 24-26, 9-25: Hitting: Raevon Willner 8-10 (6 kills); Mindy Forcier 11-13 (4 kills); Serving: Brook Stang 8-8; Christina Salzl 7-7 (1 ace); Digs: Christina Salzl 13-22; Blocks: Tiffany Donnay 2-2 (1 solo); Sets: Faith Forcier 27-28 (6 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 21-24 (5 assists).
In a rare Monday evening match, the Eden Valley-Watkins volleyballers traveled to Royalton, Monday, Sept. 30, to take on who else? … the Royalton Royals. The Eagles looked good and put up a gallant battle, but the hosts were victorious, 22-25, 18-25, and 24-26.
Match Statistics: Hitting: Raevon Willner 14-24 (7 kills); Mindy Forcier 14-17 (7 kills); Serving: Brook Stang 11-11
(1 ace); Christina Salzl 11-11; Jamie Scherer 10-11 (3 aces); Sets: Faith Forcier 44-46 (8 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 36-36 (9 assists); Digs: Raevon Willner 10-16; Christina Salzl 7-11; Blocks: Tiffany Donnay 5-6; Mindy Forcier 11-14.
EV-W’s overall record now stands at 8-12 and 2-2 in the conference. The Eagles’ next match is at
5:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
It was a valiant and tough effort portrayed by the Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team Thursday, Sept. 26, as they invited the Lady Pioneers to town. Aiming to spoil Eagles’ Homecoming festivities, Pierz proved to be a formidable opponent, taking the match 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-15, and 25-18). The hiccup pushes the Eagles to an even 2-2 mark in the conference, and a respective 8-7 record overall.
Stats: Hitting: Brittany Hesse 26-26 (8 kills); Raevon Willner 22-30 (10 kills); Serving: Faith Forcier 14-14, Christina Salzl 12-13; Digs: Brittany Hesse 8-9, Christina Salzl 9-12, Raevon Willner 5-9; Blocks: Brittany Hesse
2 solo, Mindy Forcier 1 solo; Setting: Faith Forcier 47-50 (13 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 32-34
EV-W’s schedule: Monday,
Sept. 30, 6 p.m., at Royalton; Thursday, Oct. 3, 5:45 p.m., at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
EV-W girls went hed-to-head with a strong Pierz team, and won their first match. They fought hard but lost their next three matches. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team lost a tough one on the road Tuesday, Sept. 17, as the Litchfield bunch was too much to handle. Match scores were 25-21, 24-26, 25-14, 25-20, in the 3-1 non-conference decision. Eagles junior Raevon Willner was brilliant with 10 kills, and teammate sophomore Faith Forcier shined with 16 set/assists, but the Dragons tenacity was more than EV-W had bargained for.
Match Stats: Hitting: Raevon Willner 27-30 (10 kills), Tiffany Donnay 28-32 (8 kills); Serving: Faith Forcier 19-21 (3 aces), Raevon Willner 9-9; Digs: Jamie Scherer 10-14; Blocks: Brittany Hesse 4-6 (2 ace blocks); Setting: Faith Forcier 64-66 (16 assists), Jordyn Geislinger 38-39 (7 assists).
Shaking off the Tuesday night loss to Litchfield, the Eagles welcomed in Holdingford for a Thursday, Sept. 19, conference clash. EV-W took the 3-2 decision in a 5-set classic battle, winning the final three in comeback fashion, and sending the fans off to the Dairy Queen, with smiles. Despite a few serving woes, EV-W came alive, scoring 7 of the last 8 third-set points on kills. Brittany Hesse’s 12 kills and Raevon Willner’s 10 kills and 16 digs, helped the Eagles seal the win.
Upcoming week for the Eagles: Thursday, Sept. 26, 5:45 p.m., Homecoming vs. Pierz; Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m., at Dassel-Cokato Tournament (Varsity + JV); Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m., Maple Lake Tournament (C squad).