Eagles volleyball continues to soar

Joseph Lady Eagles volleyball had a busy and undefeated week, meeting four opponents and defeating each in straight sets.

Imbler, Elgin, Nixyaawii and Griswold all felt the Eagles’ talons in their respective hides.

Oct. 2 saw the luckless Imbler Panthers facing Joseph, who promptly declawed them in three straight sets, 25-14, 25-17 and 25-16.

Senior Emma Hite continued her dominance on the court recording a dozen kills, two blocks and five serving aces while Sabrina Albee also notched a dozen kills and two serving aces. Juniors Madelyn Nelson and Camille Crenshaw had three kills each.

“The girls played with amazing energy and a lot of focus,” said Coach Jill Hite.

On Friday, Oct. 5, the Lady Eagles met the Elgin Huskies. Again, the Eagles won in straight sets with the Huskies showing little bark and no bite whatsoever. Set scores were: 25-17, 25-11 and 25-13.

Emma Hite led the kills game with seven, while Albee and Crenshaw followed with five and four kills, respectively. Crenshaw also nailed three serving aces to lead the Eagles in that category.

“We had a hard time getting going, because some of the girls are battling sickness,” said Hite. “We had a pretty good distribution of stats.”

The following day saw the Eagles pull off a doubleheader with ease, defeating both Nixyaawii and Griswold. Nixyaawii put up a fight at times, but still succumbed 25-9, 25-14 and 25-15.

Albee chalked up nine kills while Emma Hite racked up seven kills and numerous assists. She also added seven serving aces while Nelson added four to the cause.

“Nixyaawii’s improved a lot,” said Hite. “They had good serving but we had the teamwork, too.”

The afternoon game saw the Eagles facing off against Griswold, who went down by scores of 25-16, 25-9 and 25-12.

Emma Hite’s torch led the squad with 12 kills, five assists and a nickel’s worth of serving aces. Albee did her part with eight kills, two assists, two aces and a block. Crenshaw contributed five kills and six digs to the victory while Nelson added two blocks and three serving aces.

The week left the Eagles with an 8-1 league record and 18-7 overall. The squad is holding down the seventh spot in state rankings. The Eagles next play at home versus Wallowa on Thursday, Oct. 11. They finish out league play with away contests at Nixyaawii and Griswold on Saturday, Oct. 13.

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