Lady Outlaws demonstrate heart

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainAshley Exon, shown here in warmup before a game, earned praise from her coaches for her improvement as a defensive player and outside hitter.

It’s been a whirlwind for the Lady Outlaws since last report, starting with a home game against the number 21 ranked Elgin Wildcats on Sept. 24th. The Lady Outlaws signature scrappiness was on display as they fought Elgin for a second time. Elgin ultimately won out (25-17, 25-18, 25-18).

“The games were intense and both teams fought hard for every single point,” said Coach Gill.

The Ladies will see Elgin one more time this season on Oct. 15 in Elgin.

“We are working very hard to make any little changes we need for when we play them again,” Gill said.

Then, on Sept. 26 the team left bright and early for Burns – last year’s State Champs, now ranked at number three.

“We knew it would be a very tough day of competition,” Gill said.

And it was. Burns took all three games (25-6, 25-5, 25-17), but despite the frustration of going up against a far superior team, the Ladies never lost their “happy/scrappy.” That combination of qualities, identified early on by the coaches, has been key in not only their improvement as a team but in how fun they are to watch.

After the Burns game it was back on the bus for a fight with the 2014 runner-up at state, Grant Union, now ranked number one.

“We had seen them in a Baker Tournament and we didn’t expect anything less from them,” Gill said. “It was a tough match as well but I feel we played extremely well.”

The final scores on the struggle with the Prospectors (25-18, 25-13, 25-18) were heartening after the trouncing by the Burns Hilanders.

Points of praise went to the team for passing and digging - not to mention heart.

October 1st saw the Outlaws home against number 10 ranked Union in their Dig Pink game, raising funds to support breast cancer awareness.

Local businesses donated spectacularly and the team raffled off gift baskets in addition to the wonderful goodies from the bake sale.

The game was a screamer, with only one point difference between the teams for most of the match. The Union Bobcats took the wins (25-20, 25-21, 25-20) but the Outlaws were in there to the finish.

“Just in the last week of games we have overcome and made leaps and bounds forward,” said Gill.

Enterprise is now ranked number 35.

The next match is Oct. 8 in Cove.

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