The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team had plenty of hope Tuesday, Aug. 27, as they handed the visiting Paynesville Bulldogs a season-opener loss. Breaking in their new digs, the Eagles 3-1 sets victory was the result of four closely contested games; 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22. “It was a great atmosphere in our new gym, with a lot of support from the community,” said Coach Andrea Huschle. The girls played good, competitive volleyball and were rewarded. “We played well with good court awareness and a lot of effort and hustle on both offense and defense. It is nice to have our first game under our belts and to see the areas we need to improve on,” Coach Huschle said.
Starting the season and the match on the right foot, the EV-W Eagles were impressive, taking the first set by a 5-point margin. Dropping a very close second set by just 4 points, the Eagles jumped back with victorious ensuing sets, to take the match. The Lady Eagles showed sharp setting and serving, and proved too much for the Bulldogs, despite their fierce effort.
Serving: Brittany Hesse 10-13, 1 ace; Christina Salzl 15-16; Jamie Scherer 14-15, 1 ace. Kills: Brittany Hesse 22-29 (8 kills); Tiffany Donnay 14-20 (6 kills); Brook Stang 14-17 (5
kills). Digs: Faith Forcier 8 digs; Jamie Scherer 7 digs. Blocks: Brittany Hesse 2 solo blocks. Sets: Faith Forcier 13; Jordyn Geislinger 13.
The Eagles host the Upsala Cardinals out of the Prairie Conference, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 5:45 p.m. start.
EV-W varsity volleyball’s final winning point in the brand-new gym. The first varsity game to be played there, and the first varsity win of the season, the Eagles played hard and well, and ultimately defeated the Bulldogs 3-1. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.