PHS girls cruise to victory

Published 12:48 am Saturday, October 26, 2013

MONTGOMERY — Pleasant Home took a different environment and flipped it on its head as the Lady Eagles swept Billingsley 3-0 on Friday at the Class 1A South Super Regional Volleyball Tournament.

PHS was a little nervous to start with, Lady Eagles volleyball coach Jerry Davis said, but the girls settled down and played their game in the 25-13, 25-14, 25-16 victory.

“I got reports on them (Billingsley),” Davis said. “I felt fairly comfortable playing them. I think it turned out. Kinston beat the other bunch like we did.

“I just felt like we played better people than they (KHS) had,” he said. “We didn’t play great or anything. We did what we had to do.”

With this win, Pleasant Home advances to play St. Luke’s Episcopal at 9 a.m. today on Court No. 1 in the tournament quarterfinals. The Lady Eagles were in this round two years ago as they fell to Donoho.

Pleasant Home and BHS were neck and neck at the start of the first set until the Lady Eagles took a 12-9 lead.

Brianna Dozier served out the first set with an ace, giving a subtle hint at how the rest of the match was going to progress.

The Lady Eagles (19-9) led 8-2 in the second and took a 17-7 lead all the way to a 2-0 series lead over BHS.

PHS led 19-12 and took a 10-point advantage at 24-14 late in the third set.

Davis said the girls are going to be facing “the real deal” in St. Luke’s today.

“We’re looking forward to it,” he said. “If we come out and play, then we’ll be in the match. If we come out and play like (Friday), then it’s going to be over. Our girls are excited.”

Jefferson Christian Academy 3, Red Level 0

Jefferson Christian Academy was just too much for Red Level as the Lady Tigers fell 3-25, 6-25, 4-25 on Friday morning at the Class 1A South Super Regional Volleyball Tournament.

The Lady Tigers, who had two seniors on a young team, couldn’t get in any rhythm against a JCA serve and killing attack at the net.

With the amount of young girls on the team, RLS volleyball coach Gail Lee said she’s looking forward to building the program and improving as a team.