Lady Eagles look for success at regionalPublished 12:03am Friday, October 26, 2012
Pleasant Home volleyball coach Jerry Davis and the Lady Eagles have been in tough situations before.
Today’s 9 a.m. Class 1A South Super Regional Tournament match against Donoho will be no different for Davis and his Lady Eagles in the Multiplex at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
“There’s not a lot we can do about it,” Davis said. “They say you’ve got to bring your A, B or C game or whatever. We better have our A game ready because our B game won’t get it done (today).
“I’ve been in these boats before, where I’ve been the No. 1 team (in basketball) and there’s been times that I didn’t make it,” he said.
Pleasant Home is all too familiar with Donoho, as it played them last year in the Class 1A sub-state tournament in Anniston.
“They graduated three really good players last year,” Davis said. “We had moments last year where we played good points with them.”
The multiplex usually holds about 15 courts, Davis said.
“We’re playing the first round of 9 o’clock games,” Davis said. “I think they’ve actually got a facilty that can handle the whole show.
“Donoho’s played in the state tournament several times,” he said. “We’re just kind of the new kids on the block. They’ve got to deal with us. I feel like they respect us enough to know they are playing a good volleyball team.”
Davis said if the girls go out and play “inconsistently today, then we’ll have problems.”
“If we play the way we’re capable of playing, then there’s a chance,” he said.
PHS needs to win its first match today to advance to Saturday’s play. The Lady Eagles will have to win their first two matches to advance to the Elite 8 State Tournament.
Davis said the girls are “excited” about the tournament.
“I feel like we’re going to compete,” he said.
What PHS has that many other teams lack is a solid bunch of seniors in Ashley Copeland, Abigail Kelley, Courtney Slaughter, Caitlin Jernigan, Kim Reed, Raven Woods, Taylor Godwin and Emily Byrd, who each have played on the team since the school’s first year of volleyball.
“They’ve been together a long time and have played a lot of volleyball,” Davis said about the seniors. “We’ve had a couple pretty good days of (practice). We’re ready to go.”