Lady Eagles on a roll as they end another week of games at 10-1-1 on season
Wed, 09/21/2022 - 4:10pm admin
Laura Wagner, sports correspondent
The Liberty Lady Eagles Varsity team sits at 10-1-1 after defeating the Summersville Lady Wildcats and the Winona Lady Wildcats this past week. The team keeps improving with each set played, and they have great chemistry on the court. Combine all those elements with great leadership coming from Senior Captain Kenzie Daniels, and it's a recipe for success.
"I think our mindsets have improved so much since last season," began Captain Kenzie Daniels as she spoke about the season so far, "We’re a whole different team. We work together so well, and trust each other on and off the court."
The week of wins began on Tuesday, Sept. 13 as they travelled to Summersville to take on the Lady Wildcats. The JV game was a battle as both teams fought hard for the win. The Lady Eagles came out on top in the end winning in two sets 25-18, 24-26, 15-12. For the game, Junior Kaylie Foster had 13 kills, and 12 digs; and Sophomore Aliyah Kramer had 17 assists, and 5 kills.
In varsity action, the Lady Eagles overcame the Lady Wildcats in three sets, 25-18, 25-10 and 25-17. For the game, Senior Lyla Cornman had 6 aces, 4 kills, and 9 assists; Senior K. Daniels had 4 kills, and 5 digs; combined, the team had 9 blocks.
"Class 1 teams are always a good test for us," commented Head Coach Shari Tune on the win. "The definition of grit is different in smaller schools. It’s good for us to see that. Be able to adjust to that game type of scenarios and pull through. The girls did a pretty good job at adjusting then finishing each game."
Wrapping the week with another away game on Thursday, Sept. 15, the Lady Eagles took on the Winona Lady Wildcats. There was no JV game, so the varsity action started at 5:30 p.m. and what a game. It was an intense battle as the Eagles lost the first set 22-25 then came back to take the next three sets for the win 25-18, 25-18, 25-22. For the game, Junior Bre Daniels had 17 kills, and 6 blocks; K. Daniels had 14 kills, and 14 digs; Sophomore Korie Lind had 3 aces, and 2 blocks; Junior Maci Tharp had 22 assists; Cornman had 8 kills, 1 ace, and 17 assists; Sophomore Kaylie Wagner had 12 digs; Junior Mackinzie Tomey had 6 kills, and 2 aces; and Sophomore Bryleigh Wallace had 6 kills, and 2 blocks.
"Class 1 grit is different and so fun to play," Coach Tune stated about the win over the Wildcats. "Winona is a great team, and we love a die hard competitive battle. Momentum is the key, and it will always be in volleyball. When you learn to make it happen, things start leaning your way. That is what I love about this group, we have a few leaders that create the momentum and it's a game changer. For September, I am very pleased with how we are developing."
Next up for the Lady Eagles is a home game against Willow Springs on Sept. 20, another home game on Sept. 22 against Ava followed by a home game against Marshfield on Sept. 26. Be sure to come out and support your Liberty Lady Eagles.