HAWKINSON, POTTER LEAD LADY EAGLES

By William

SOLOMON – It was another outstanding performance for the Elyria Christian volleyball team as they scored a tournament championship on Saturday on the road in Solomon.

In the first matchup with Tescott, the Lady Eagles were taken to three sets after winning the first one, 25-15, then losing a hard fought second set, 23-25, and then bouncing back and running away with the third set and winning 25-16. Ryland Hawkinson continued to have a remarkable season as she scored four aces, made eight kills and recorded 15 digs, while Kortney Potter made 20 assists.

“We started the day off right,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Jayme Gardner. “In the past, we like to start mornings off a little slow, but today we played some of the best volleyball of the season right off the bat. The energy and intensity they started with this morning was helpful all day long. While we struggled a bit in the second set, they didn’t let it get them down. We learned, adjusted, and came back fighting.”

Next up was Peabody/Burns and all Elyria did was clean sweep them in straight sets, winning 25-13 before finishing off a battle in set two with a 25-23 win. Leading Elyria in match two were Alexus Swenson and Kathleen Rohaus who each recorded six digs.

Talking about the matchup with Peabody/Burns, Coach Gardner added, “The intensity from the first game just rolled into this game. We serve received well and made a lot of smart choices. It was another match where the girls played up to their potential.”

Facing Rock Hills in the championship match, the Lady Eagles once again scored a straight set, 25-16, 25-20, victory. Kortney Potter with 11 digs and Ryland Hawkinson scoring another six aces led Elyria to the tournament championship.

Coach Gardner concluded her post-tournament reflections by saying, “Our intensity let down a little bit for this match. We had sat for about two hours and it took us a bit to get back into playing our game. In the second set, the girls got down a bit and had to fight their way back. Today they showed what it meant to be a team and that mixed with desire and perseverance did them well.”

Next up for the Elyria Christian spikers will be on the road Tuesday, September 15 when they battle Canton/Galva and Goessel at Wakefield.

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