Lady Eagles soar over Lady Wildcats
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles swept the Florala Lady Wildcats in region volleyball action Tuesday night in Pleasant Home.
“It was a good win,” PHS coach Jerry Davis said. “I thought we played all right, but it was nothing outstanding. We subbed a lot, and when you do that it makes it hard for the girls to play their best. One thing for sure, Florala has improved a lot. You don’t get any cheap points on them anymore. She (head coach Amanda Varnum) has done a very good job over there, and they are going to continue to improve.”
JV GAME 1
Pleasant Home 25, Florala 14
The junior varsity Lady Eagles and Lady Wildcats kicked off the evening with the Lady Eagles sweeping the Lady Wildcats 2-0.
In the game one, Florala marched out to a 4-0 lead thanks in part from a strong point from Skylar York.
Pleasant Home rallied back and went on a 12-1 rally behind a strong serving run from Zariah Talbot.
The Lady Eagles took a 14-6 lead when Hailey Hardy served up an ace.
Sarah McClung gave the Lady Eagles a 15-7 lead when she dropped in a shot that caught the back line.
A few shots later, Riley Lowery put the Lady Eagles up 18-8 with an ace.
The Lady Wildcats’ next point came after a difficult dig from Makayla Parker saved the volley.
Two-straight aces from Bella Worley gave the Lady Eagles a 22-10 cushion. A third ace from Worley put the Lady Eagles up 24-10.
The Lady Wildcats didn’t give up and rallied for four-straight points, including an ace from Parker before the Lady Eagles picked up the final point for a 25-14 win.
JV GAME 2
Pleasant Home 25, Florala 11
Pleasant Home jumped out front 4-0 in game two, and went up 11-3 following an ace from Elizabeth Jones. Jones ended the second game with four aces.
The Lady Eagles picked up an ace from Allison Catoe that gave them a 20-8 lead on the way to a 25-11 victory.
VARSITY GAME 1
Pleasant Home 25, Florala 9
In game one of the varsity match, the Lady Eagles jumped out 2-0, and then went up 5-1 on strong shots from Johnnie Forehand and River Baldwin.
The Lady Wildcats sparked a short two-point rally, before Cassidy Godwin sent a punishing shot over the net to give the Lady Eagles a 7-3 lead.
Abbey Walker came up with a big shot a few plays later that put the Lady Eagles up 12-5. Two points later, it was Godwin again sending a bullet across the net for another score.
The Lady Wildcats continued to battle and got a big ace from Hannah Goodwin to make the score 15-8.
Shortly there after, Ashley Waldhour started a nine-point rally to finish off the Lady Wildcats in game one. Waldhour picked up four aces during the rally, and Baldwin got a kill to close out the 25-9 victory.
VARSITY GAME 2
Pleasant Home 25, Florala 13
The Lady Eagles started off hot in the second game, as two aces from Anna Bulger and a kill from Baldwin put them up 4-0.
Forehand finished off a long volley with a strong kill to give the Lady Eagles a 6-1 lead.
An ace from Abbey Walker gave the Lady Eagles a 9-6 lead, and three-straight points from Godwin put them on top 13-6.
A three-point rally from the Lady Wildcats trimmed the lead down to 13-9, and included strong points from Kaiden LeMaire and Morgan Jackson.
Towards the end of the set, Bulger picked up three aces to give the Lady Eagles a 23-11 lead.
Two-straight kills from Baldwin capped off the 25-13 win.
VARSITY GAME 3
Pleasant Home 25, Florala 6
Another strong start from the Lady Eagles put them on top 9-1 quickly in game three.
Walker picked up two aces in the opening rally, and Baldwin capped two volleys with punishing kill shots.
A shot from Forehand that skipped over the top of the net and fell to the ground just inside the line put the Lady Eagles on top 10-2. Sissy Martin followed Forehand’s point with an ace to put the Lady Eagles up 11-2.
The Lady Eagles went up 19-6 when Godwin dropped in an ace, and a drop shot from Ivy Davis put the Lady Eagles up 20-6.
Another ace from Godwin put the Lady Eagles on top 22-6. The Lady Eagles continued the rally and finished of the Lady Wildcats with a 25-6 win.
“We didn’t play bad,” Florala coach Varnum said, “When we play better teams, we tend to step our game up a little, but one mistake and we just fall a part. This was a good game for us, though, we play Brantley Thursday and this lets us know what to expect.”
Pleasant Home will be back in action Thursday when the travel to Brewton to take on W.S. Neal.
“The good thing about us, is that we aren’t where we will be in two or three weeks,” Davis said. “For us to get back to where we were last year, we have to play more consistent. One game, we play well enough to beat anybody around her, but then the next game we get nothing. That’s on my back to figure out what we need to do to fix that.”