The Eden Valley-Watkins volleyball team hosted a tough Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop bunch Tuesday, Sept. 10, and lost a hard-fought match, 3-2 (25-17, 10-25, 20-25, 25-22, 10-15). The locals were on the edge of their seats as the Eagles stormed to a 9-9 tie in the deciding set. But the Thunderbirds stepped it up and snatched the win with a 6-1 flurry at the end. “It was a very up and down-played game by both teams. There were many momentum swings throughout the entire evening. The girls played hard and picked it up after game two,” Coach Andrea Huschle said. The coach knows the recipe for getting back on the winning track. “We need to focus on not worrying so much about making errors, but instead what can we do to score points. We need to believe in ourselves. We are gaining strides each and every day.”
Match Stats: Hitting: Brittany Hesse 32-38 (13 kills); Tiffany Donnay 35-37 (11 kills); Mindy Forcier 21-25 (11 kills); Serving: Brook Stang 18-18 (2 aces); Faith Forcier 18-19 (3 aces); Christina Salzl 15-15 (4 aces); Digs: Raevon Donnay 17-17; Christina Salzl 19-23; Setting: Faith Forcier 97-99 (20 asssits); Jordyn Geislinger 42-43 (10 assists); Blocks: Brittany Hesse 4-10; Tiffany Donnay 4-6.
Still suffering battle wounds from Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles journeyed to Maple Lake on Thursday, Sept. 12, for a conference matchup with the green and white. EV-W ran into an eighth-grade buzz saw, in Linsey Rachel, who had 11 kills and 10 digs, en route to Maple Lake’s 3-0 sweep (25-18, 26-24, 25-13). Match Stats: Serving: Faith Forcier 13-14; Jamie Scherer 11-12; Hitting: Brook Stang 16-18 (6 kills); Brittany Hesse 12-14 (3 kills); Mindy Forcier 9-14 (1 kill); Setting: Faith Forcier 39-40 (7 assists); Jordyn Geislinger 22-23 (3 assists); Blocks: Mindy Forcier 2-6; Tiffany 4-6; Digs: Christina Salzl 6-11; Jamie Scherer 4-7. After the week’s losses, EV-W’s record stands at 4-4 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
Next on the schedule for the Eagles: Tuesday, Sept. 17,
5:30 p.m., at Litchfield, and Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:45 p.m., Holdingford at home.