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Eads freshman middle hitter Kara Wilson came alive in the fifth game against Greeley County, KS to get the win on this attack.
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Eads Volleyball Grabs Exciting 5-Game Match Over Greeley County, KS

By Betsy Barnett

September 14, 2022

First year head coach Ashley Gooden is a serious person and she’s making some serious things happen with the Eads Volleyball program as the team has developed a complete game of two strong outside hitters, two solid middle hitters, a couple of setting quarterbacks and some defensive players who aren’t afraid to get down on the floor. The combination has been exciting once the Eagles got going after dropping their first two contests of the season.

Eads is now 6-2 and excited to see what they can do against the #6 state ranked Kit Carson Wildcats in both teams’ first conference match up. Eads will be taking on the Wildcats during their Homecoming festivities in Kit Carson.

Gooden says, “I’m excited to see what we can do against them.”

The Lady Eagles were coming off a big week of activities as most of the players were deeply involved with the Kiowa County Fair & Rodeo and the 5-Year All-School Class Reunions that dominated the weekend. But when the alumni showed up for the volleyball game on Friday night, they brought high energy and a strong winning tradition to the gym and their enthusiasm helped the Lady Eagles overcome a 2-game slump midway through the match.

The game scores against Greeley County showed Eads dominating early but then took a slide backwards as their early intensity waned. It took a fourth game emotional battle to get Eads on the right track but once they started attacking the Jackrabbits at the net it would be all over.

Game scores were 25-10, 18-25, 17-25, 25-22 and 15-9.

In the contest, the Lady Eagles pounded down 47 kills and hit at a 32% success rate as a team. They also kept the pressure on Tribune with 14 aces and served successfully 93.75% of their attempts.

Freshman Kara Wilson had a phenomenal game from the middle as she led the way with 16 kills, 5 ace serves, 5 blocks and had 11 digs.

Freshman Tailee Weeks-Johnson was also tough from the outside position as she pounded down 13 kills, had 1 ace serve and dug up 16 balls.

Senior outside hitter Lisi Buller put 8 balls away, added 4 ace serves and had 15 digs.

Senior middle hitter Maggie Haase added 7 kills and was a force on the net with 2 blocks.

Alessandra Paez is the right-side hitter and is expected to pick up all the balls that her co-setter Samantha Courkamp can’t get to. Paez had a very strong game with 3 ace serves, 28 digs and 15 assists.

Courkamp led the way for Eads pushing out a phenomenal 31 assists to her four strong hitters, adding 1 ace serve and picking up 12 attack balls.

Katie Johnson continues to be solid in the Libero position picking up 15 hard hit balls. Senior Breanne Habinck came in and gave Gooden some very important minutes in the back row playing one ball in particular that was going to be a make-or-break ball for Eads.

The Eagles will bring their strong game to the Kit Carson “Jim” where they will depend on four hitters including outside hitters Buller (52 kills) and Weeks-Johnson (63 kills) and middle hitters Haase (49 kills) and Wilson (59 kills). The attack will begin with and come from Paez (62 assists) and Courkamp (159 assists)

Serving leaders are Buller with 22 aces, and Wilson and Paez with 15 apiece.

Defensively, Eads depends on Courkamp (94 digs), Johnson (90 digs), Paez (86 digs) and Buller (82 digs).

There will be a number of volleyball contests on Friday in Kit Carson with the Eads middle school taking on Kit Carson starting at 3:00 pm. A JV and Varsity middle school contest is on slate prior to the varsity high school volleyball contest.

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