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Lady Eagles Class 2 District 9 Champions

The Liberty Lady Eagles were named the Class 2 District 9 Champions on Monday, Oct. 24 as they defeated Houston for the title in three sets. The Lady Eagles defeated Cabool in the first round of district play on Saturday, Oct. 22 in four sets to move on to the championship game against Houston.
"Winning our third consecutive district was a big goal for us," commented Head Coach Shari Tune on the district title. "The girls wanted it."
Recap from district play, the Liberty Lady Eagles defeated the Cabool Lady Bulldogs in four sets 25-16, 24-26, 25-12, 25-20.
For the game, Senior Kenzie Daniels had 14 kills, 3 aces, and 25 digs; Senior Lyla Cornman had 11 kills, and 15 digs; Junior Bre Daniels had 18 kills, 1 ace, and 20 digs; Junior Kinzie Tomey had 1 kill, 3 aces, 1 block, and 2 digs; Junior Macie Tharp had 2 aces, and 12 digs; Sophomore Bryleigh Wallace had 8 kills, and 4 digs; Sophomore Korie Lind had 8 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks, and 6 digs; Sophomore Kaylie Wagner had 23 digs.
The Lady Eagles defeated the Houston Lady Tigers in three sets 25-17, 25-17 and 26-24. For the game, K. Daniels had 9 kills, 3 aces, and 14 digs; Cornman had 4 kills, 3 aces, and 10 digs; B. Daniels had 12 kills, 2 aces, and 17 digs; Tomey had 4 kills, and 5 digs; Tharp had 3 aces; Wallace had 6 kills, 3 digs; Lind had 9 kills, 3 aces, and 1 dig; Wagner had 8 digs.
In Sectional play, the Lady Eagles traveled to Strafford to take on the Strafford Lady Indians on Thursday, Oct. 27. The Lady Eagles season came to an end after falling to Strafford in three sets.
The Lady Eagles ended a phenomenal season with a 27-5-3 record; Silver championship in the West Plains Showdown Volleyball Tournament; first place in the Mount Vernon Tournament; third place in the Licking Volleyball Classic Tournament; the team raised $3,292.00 during their annual Unite and Fight support the fight for cancer game; and the district championship.
Post season honors were awarded to Kenzie Daniels, Bre Daniels and Lyla Cornman who made First Team All District; Kaylie Wagner and Korie Lind who made Second Team All District and Honorable Mention Bryleigh Wallace. Congratulations Lady Eagles.
"We were not ready to be done, but our performance in sectionals just wasn't good enough," reflected Coach Tune on the loss. "We couldn't handle the serve and pass pressure. If you can't serve and pass, you can't win big games. I am proud of how hard they fought through the chaos, their attitudes and teamwork never failed. We will be back next week, working and preparing for 2023."
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