By Mark Blentlinger
The Eagle Volleyball team was in action Sept. 18 at Schoolcraft High School for a quad match and home opener. The Eagles hosted Hackett Catholic Prep, Coloma and Martin. They started their opener with Hackett. The Eagles beat the Irish in three straight sets, 25-10, 25-8, and 25-11.
Court 2 had Coloma and Martin in action, going into a fifth set tiebreaker. Coloma took set one, 26-15. Martin came back, taking the next two sets 25-21 and 25-18. Coloma, however, won the fourth set 27-25 to force the tiebreaker. The fifth set belonged to Martin, 14-9, for the win.
It had been predetermined which teams would be playing one another for the night. The Eagles of Schoolcraft next faced off against the Comets of Coloma, while the Irish of Hackett played the Clippers of Martin. The long wait between matches didn’t have an effect on the Eagles. They played like they did in the first match – wherever the ball was, an Eagle was there. You did not want to be on the receiving end of Morris, Simkins or Feddema when their kill shots went into action!
The Eagles didn’t let up on the Comets at all, taking best out of three in just two sets, 25-8 and 25-10.
Maggie Morris and Andeelyn Simkins tied with 16 kills each, while Kelsey Feddema had 10. Kenzie Chrissman led the Eagles on digs with 33, Andelyn Simkins had 20 and Kayla Onken came in with 13. Aces were led by Simkins with 11 and Onken had eight.
Coach Onken said the girls played with enthusiasm. They controlled the first contact extremely well, allowing them to run their quick offense quite efficiently. Onken said all the players on the roster helped contribute to the two conference wins.
The team is at 17-3-1 this season.