By Betsy Barnett

2021-09-01 18:23:18

After a very promising performance in Springfield where the Eads Eagles defeated the athletic Longhorns 3-2, there were high expectations for success over the weekend.  Unfortunately, Eads lost their momentum all around as they dropped their home opener to Genoa-Hugo, 3-0, and then traveled to a Triangular Meet in Stratton on Saturday where they dropped two more matches in scores of 2-0 to Stratton/Liberty and 2-0 to Haxtun. 

The dismal weekend leaves Eads with a 2-3 record and fighting to correct whatever issues were affecting them.  First, they lost to Hugo in game scores of 25-21, 25-14 and 25-20.  On the road in a small tournament the Lady Eagles lost to Stratton/Liberty 2-0 in game scores of 25-16 and 25-18 and they also lost to Haxtun, 2-0, in game scores of 25-11 and 25-10.

Head coach Chelsea Davis expressed her frustration, “The Hugo game was very frustrating as we were ahead from the beginning and let it slip through our grasp with one server and one hitter.  I have no doubt we should have given them a better fight and should have won.”

Eads started out against Hugo very strong and gained a substantial lead, 8-1, before the Pirates, behind senior middle hitter Glorya Carr and senior setter Tarra Miller combined hitting power with serving power to slowly come back into the ball game after getting down in a serious way.  Carr had most of the Pirate kills while Miller scored 15 unanswered service points.

Eads then traveled to Stratton on Saturday in order to compete in the Stratton Triangular with Haxtun, as well. 

They lost both contests but learned a lot about where they need to go from there.  They first took on the Stratton group losing 25-16 and 25-18 as they just could not keep any momentum flowing.  The Haxtun game was a tough one as the Lady Bulldogs are very athletic and big this year.

“The Stratton Triangular was eye-opening for us as we played a super talented Haxtun team and a scrappy Stratton team.  Haxtun is stacked with height and impressive hitters.  They are just a very powerful team.”

No stats were available at press time for the Eads team.

Davis knows her group will just need to regroup and get back to the mindset they took into the Springfield game.

The Eagles have a big weekend coming up as they will be on the road for two games.  First, on Friday, 9/3 they travel to Granada to take on the 1-1 Bobcats who are coming off a win against Manzanola.  The Granada game is an important conference contest.  They then travel to Kim-Branson on Saturday for an afternoon game.  The Mustangs are 0-1 after losing 3-1 to La Junta in their opener.

Davis needs her team to have a good week at practice, “I feel like we didn’t even get close to playing to our potential this weekend.  It was very frustrating after doing so well in our opener against Springfield.  We must get back at it now and this week’s practices will be key to our success moving forward.”

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