Lady Eagles end season in heartbreaking loss at state quarterfinals

 An incredible season comes to a heartbreaking close for the Liberty Lady Eagles on Saturday, October 30 at the hands of the Skyline Lady Tigers in state quarterfinal play. The Lady Eagles ended their season 25-11-1.
“It’s been a very unpredictable season,” stated Head Coach Shari Tune. “Consistency has been our issue since June and they have worked so hard to become smoother and better teammates all around. I'm proud of their heart and dedication to keep rolling.”
On the road to state, the Lady Eagles hosted the Pleasant Hope Pirates on Thursday, October 28 for the state sectional game and what a game it was. Liberty was on fire as they swept the Pirates in three sets 25-11, 25-13 and 25-5.
“I am so excited to see the girls finally coming together like I knew we could all season,” Coach Tune said on the win.
Leading up to state playoffs, the #3 Lady Eagles claimed their Class 2 District 9 Championship defeating the #2 Houston Tigers and then the #1 Licking Wildcats. On Saturday, October 23 the Lady Eagles traveled to Houston for the first round of district play. The Eagles defeated the Houston Tigers in four sets.
Traveling back to Houston on Monday, October 25 the Lady Eagles soundly defeated the Licking Wildcats in three sets 25-16, 25-20, 25-19. Senior Lexi Shumpert led with 190 kills and another triple double, Sophomore Bre Daniels had 9 kills and 10 blocks, Freshman Korie Lind had 6 blocks, Senior Kenna Woolsey led with 19 digs and Senior Shelby Acklin had 15 digs.
When asked how Senior Lexi Shumpert felt about winning districts she said, “It’s super exciting. We’ve worked really hard and it feels good for it all to pay off.”
“Districts was not easy,” commented Coach Tune on winning the championship. “Being the underdog was so fun. The girls wanted it so bad and they were not backing down. They followed each scouting report exactly as needed to get Houston and Licking out of the system. It’s an exciting time for all of them and our program. Our fans have been amazing all year. I’m thankful for the opportunity God has given me to help fine tune this talented group.”
Congratulations to the Lady Eagles on a fantastic season.
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