By William

WAKEFIELD – It has been a busy past four days for the Elyria Christian volleyball team as they spent Saturday playing at a tournament in Wakefield before hosting a quad on Tuesday that included Herington, Solomon, and Wakefield.

On Saturday, the Lady Eagles began the Wakefield tournament with a three-set victory (10-25, 25-14, 25-16) over host Wakefield.  Julia Allen led the team in digs with 15 while Kortney Potter had 10 plus 21 assists and Ryland Hawkinson recorded 12 kills.

“It took us a while to get going against Wakefield,” noted Lady Eagle Head Coach Jayme Gardner. “When we finally woke up, we played good enough to win.”

In the second match on Saturday, Elyria Christian lost in straight sets (17-25, 11-25) to Berean Academy despite Hawkinson making eight digs, recording three kills, and making three blocks.

“Our game with Berean Academy was all over the place,” explained Coach Gardner. “We struggled with Berean mostly at the net. We had eight in the net calls, something we really have not struggled with this year. They were a good team, and they were able to capitalize on our mistakes.”

The Lady Eagles closed out the tournament losing a tough, close match to Clifton/Clyde in straight sets (21-25, 21-25). Hawkins recorded five kills, made five blocks, and had 12 digs while Julia Allen pitched in with 11 digs and Kylee Penner had five kills and four blocks.

Concluding her reflections on the Wakefield tournament, Coach Gardner added, “Clifton/Clyde just adjusted when we did not. It was a pretty even match, but they made changes in their game and coverage that we were not able to match.”

Returning to the competitive court on Tuesday at home, the Lady Eagles continued to struggle in losing both matches with Herington (12-25, 11-25) and Solomon (22-25, 19-25).

Kortney Potter and Ryland Hawkinson led Elyria Christian in the Herington match with seven digs and five blocks, respectively.

The loss to Solomon came despite Hawkinson having a huge match recording nine kills and making 10 digs. Kylee Penner added a pair of aces on serves while getting 12 digs.

It was a little better on Tuesday for the Lady Eagle junior varsity as they scored a dominating straight set (25-6, 25-14) win over Herington led by Mina Aroum with eight kills, Macy Reiff with seven digs and Kenna Cass getting four kills.

In the junior varsity second match, Solomon got the best of them, winning in straight sets (20-25, 10-25) despite Reiff getting 15 digs and recording three kills.

The Lady Eagle spikers will be on the road on Saturday, October 3 when they play in the Burrton Tournament.

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