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Lady Eagles looking for consistency on the court

The Liberty Eagles are midway through their season with a record of 14-7-1 and are turning their focus to upcoming district play.
"Right now we are just really up and down," stated Head Coach Shari Tune. "The ups look really good, but the downs are taking us a few steps backwards. I hope in the next few weeks we can find more consistency; keep and maintain the grit and the hard work that we see most of the time. These girls are a fun group. They mesh well and they get along well. We just need to find the consistency to push us over the top."
The Lady Eagles have been busy stacking up the wins starting out on September 21 with JV dominating Ava in two sets 25-15 and 25-7. Sophomore Kaylie Foster led with 9 aces and 5 kills. Freshman Aliyah Kramer had 3 aces, 3 kills and 5 assists. In Varsity action, it was a clean sweep in three sets 25-18, 25-17 and 25-16. Senior Lexi Shumpert led with 13 kills, Junior Lyla Cornman had 3 aces, 16 assists and Senior Kenna Woolsey had 28 digs.
Hosting the Cabool Lady Bulldogs on September 23, the Lady Eagles snagged two more SCA wins. JV won in one set with Foster getting 3 aces and Varsity won in four, 24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-12. Sophomore Bre Daniels led with 15 kills, Shumpert had 12 kills, 3 aces, Sophomore Mackinzie Tomey put up 5 blocks followed by Freshman Korie Lind with 4. Woolsey finished the night with 21 digs followed by Senior Shelby Acklin with 18 and Cornman with 16 assists.
In a nailbiter on September 28, the Lady Eagles met up with district competitor's the Houston Lady Tigers. Playing Houston's C team, Liberty came away with the win 25-13. Kramer had 3 aces for the set. The JV Lady Eagles fell in 3 sets 22-25, 25-22, 15-17. Freshman Bryleigh Wallace led with 8 kills, Foster had 3 aces and Freshman Kaylie Wagner had 15 digs. Varsity took it to four sets but fell short in the end 25-13, 24-26, 19-25, 25-27. Shumpert had 13 kills, 18 assists, 17 digs and Woolsey had 40 digs.
Another home game victory for the Lady Eagles was played on September 30 against the Salem Lady Tigers. JV won in 3 sets with Freshman Adalyn Holden having 3 aces for the game and Wagner leading with 13 digs. The Varsity Lady Eagles took the win in four, 25-19, 26-28, 25-13, 25-17. Daniels had 15 kills and 27 digs while Cornman had 19 assists and 5 aces.
On Saturday, October 2 the Lady Eagles traveled to compete in the Mount Vernon Tournament. Starting off pull play, the Lady Eagles had two back-to-back matches upsetting Camdenton 27-25 and 25-19. Then the Eagles got the split with Mount Vernon 21-25, 25-22. Ending pool play, the Lady Eagles defeated McDonald County claiming first place. The Eagles fell to Miller in the semi finals, then lost in 3 to Clever for the third place match. The Lady Eagles went 3-2-1 on the day.
Next up is an away game on Monday, October 4 in Lesterville followed by the Licking Invitational Tournament. The following week will have the Lady Eagles traveling to Thayer on October 12 and ending the week with a home game against Mountain Grove on October 14.
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