Lady Eagles edge W.S. Neal

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pleasant Home's Chelsey Walker (left) and Taylor Godwin go up for a block Tuesday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News.

With a 2-0 lead over W.S. Neal Tuesday night, Pleasant Home rallied back in the fifth game after losing games three and four to win 3-2.

Pleasant Home (2-0) won the match 25-15, 25-20, 21-25, 25-27, 15-7.

“We’re competitive in a match like that where we had them close twice having them at 18-15 both times in the third or fourth game, and they came back and beat us,” PHS coach Jerry Davis said. “We came out and played pretty well in that last game, but it was inconsistentcy.”

In the second game of the night, W.S. Neal gained a slight edge over Pleasant Home going on 2-0, and 3-0 rallies to creep to within one point of the lead.

W.S. Neal then regrouped and tied the match 2-2 in the third and fourth games, hitting aces and forcing errors on Pleasant Home.

“We’re not going to be real consistent, and we’re having to replace a big part now,” Davis said about his young team. “We lost Ashley Copeland. She had knee surgery (today), and everything went great with it. She had developed into a possibly a real hitter.

“We’re dependent upon six 10th graders,” he said. “And only one of them (Emily Byrd) has ever played on varsity. She played on varsity last year. The rest of them — this was our B-team last year.”

By game five, Pleasant Home went on a 5-0 run late in the decider to go up 11-6 to seal the win by one game.

Davis said the team served the ball well Tuesday night, one of many positives.

“Overall, we serve the ball real well,” he said. “We served the ball real well the other night against New Brockton (winning 3-0).”

In other action Tuesday night, the Pleasant Home junior varsity team lost 16-25, 5-25.

Pleasant Home will hit the road today to play Red Level. The junior varsity team will start at 4 p.m.