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Lady Eagles claim fourth consecutive district championship

A battle took place Saturday night at Cabool High School as the Lady Eagles faced off against the Thayer Bobcats for the Class 2 District 9 Championship. Just ten days prior to this game, the Lady Eagles defeated Thayer for the SCA title in five sets. Claiming the SCA title was a feat that had not been done since 2018.
The championship match was a grueling two-hour, back-and-forth battle between the Eagles and the Bobcats. The Eagles took the first set 25-19, then the Bobcats rallied and came back to win the second set 19-25. The third set was a mirror of the first as the Eagles won 25-19. The Bobcats came back in the fourth to win 18-25. It all came down to the fifth set and the Lady Eagles showed who wanted the championship more by winning 15-9.
“It’s nice to see the girls coming together in fighting at the right time of the season,” began Head Coach Shari Tune. “We started off rough and selfish, but the past ten days the girls have proven that they can fight through the adversity as a team.”
The first round of the Class 2 District 9 tournament saw Mansfield facing off against Gainesville and Cabool taking on Seymour on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Cabool High School. Seymour fell to Cabool in three sets and Gainesville fell to Mansfield in three.
On Thursday, Oct. 19, Thayer defeated Mansfield in three sets sealing their spot in the championship game while Liberty defeated Cabool in three furiously fast sets 25-8, 25-8, 25-10.
Unofficial stats for the game: Senior Bre Daniels had 5 serve aces, 9 kills and 5 digs; Senior Maci Tharp had 1 serve ace, 1 kill and 4 digs; Senior Kalle McDaniel had 4 kills; Senior Kinzie Tomey had 7 kills and 2 digs; Senior Kaylie Foster had 3 serve aces and 1 kill; Junior Korie Lind had 1 serve ace, 9 kills and 4 digs; Junior Bryleigh Wallace had 3 serve aces, 7 kills and 6 digs; Junior Kaylie Wagner had 11 digs; Sophomore Jade Acklin had 4 digs; Freshman Jayli Tharp had 1 serve ace.
For the Thayer/Championship game, the Lady Eagles won in five sets 25-19, 19-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-9.
Unofficial stats for the game: Daniels had 21 kills and 11 digs; Tharp had 3 kills and 22 digs; McDaniel had 1 kill and 1 dig; Tomey had 5 kills; Foster had 2 serve aces and 3 digs; Lind had 3 serve aces, 11 kills and 1 dig; Wallace had 3 serve aces, 13 kills and 12 digs; Wagner had 17 digs; and Acklin had 1 serve ace, 1 kill and 6 digs.
“We know the road ahead of us is not easy,” commented Coach Tune on sectionals, “but we are going to show up to battle every day in practice this week and be ready to battle Thursday night. I am so proud of how the girls are mentally handling the pressure of a five set match this season.”
The Lady Eagles will host sectionals on Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Eagle’s Nest at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this game must be purchased online through MSHSAA.
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