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Lady Eagles SCA Champions

The Liberty Lady Eagles are the 2023 SCA Champions as they defeated the Thayer Bobcats on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Eagles now shift focus as district play begins.
The Lady Eagles will play the first round of districts on Thursday, Oct. 19 against the winner of the Cabool vs. Seymour game. Game time is at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Cabool High School, located at 1025 Rogers Street. The Lady Eagles are seeded second in the district bracket with Thayer being seeded first after a vote was held twice, the two teams tied twice so a coin flip decided the seeding. The District Championship will be played on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 5:00 p.m.
The last home of the year was held on Tuesday, Oct. 10 as they Lady Eagles hosted the Salem Lady Tigers. The evening was a special night as it was Teacher Appreciation Night and the girl’s annual Pink Out Game. A silent auction was held during the game to raise funds for families in the community who are battling cancer. The Eagles got the sweep over the Tigers as the C team won 25-23, JV won in two 25-6, 25-13 and Varsity won in three 25-9, 25-18, 25-0.
“Tuesday night’s game was a great game to end our home season,” reflected Head Coach Shari Tune. “Everyone got to play and the girls got to have a little fun with the pink out night. We are blessed with great teachers, administrators, and staff in our community, but also a great community support system for our program. We have a close relationship in our community and the fight against cancer game helps us love others in ways that are not usually possible. We are super thankful for all the donations and the support received for this game.”
Unofficial stats for the game: Senior Bre Daniels had 19 serve aces, 11 kills and 5 digs; Senior Maci Tharp had 10 serve aces, 2 kills and 3 digs; Senior Kallee McDaniel had 1 kill; Senior Kinzie Tomey had 1 serve ace and 1 dig; Senior Kaylie Foster had 5 serve aces and 2 digs; Senior Grace Berkshire had 3 digs; Junior Korie Lind had 7 serve aces, 6 kills and 4 digs; Junior Bryleigh Wallace had 14 serve aces, 5 kills and 9 digs; Junior Kaylie Wagner had 10 serve aces and 5 digs; Junior Aliyah Kramer had 2 serve aces and 2 kills; Sophomore Jade Acklin had 4 digs; and Freshman Jayli Tharp had 8 serve aces. 
On Thursday, Oct. 12 the Lady Eagles travelled to Thayer for an SCA Showdown against the Lady Bobcats. The JV Lady Eagles won in two sets 25-21, 25-14 sealing their undefeated SCA play. The Varsity Lady Eagles battled through five sets to defeat Thayer for the SCA Title 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 15-13. This is the first time since 2018 that the Lady Eagles were named SCA champs.
“I knew it was going to be a battle,” began Coach Tune on the game, “because Thayer has played their best games at home this year. I knew the crowd would be big and they would come ready to play. We got the win, but we made entirely too many errors. I am super proud of the mental fight in the end, but the mental toughness has got to come earlier in the match. Both teams showed signs of being too hyped to focus on playing the game in the beginning. Rachel has done a great job at Thayer, and I am so, so proud of her. It is a huge bonus for the SCA to get to where we can battle every night that we have an SCA match. If our SCA is getting better, we are all getting better, and we are all getting more recognition and experience. I am so excited to see what comes out of our conference in the next four year.”
Unofficial stats for the game:
Daniels had 3 serve aces, 16 kills and 11 digs; Tharp had 5 serve aces, 3 kills and 11 digs; McDaniel had 2 kills; Tomey had 5 kills and 3 digs; Lind had 10 kills and 3 digs; Wallace had 2 serve aces, 8 kills and 11 digs; Wagner had 2 serve aces and 20 digs; Acklin had 5 digs; and Jayli Tharp had 2 serve aces, 1 kill and 2 digs.
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