This archived article was written by: Kameron King
With solid wins the first two weeks of the season, Head Coach Chelsey Warburton says she is excited for her team’s 2012 season.
Warburton says as the women started their first summer workouts and practices, she was pleased to see how much talent she has this year, and how hard her team has been working day in and day out. She is excited to have four returning players including Megan Peterson from Marion, Utah; Malorie White from Weston, Idaho; Lindzee Bair from Bozeman, Montana; and Whitney Fieldsted from Altamont, Utah.
She says she feels pretty good about where her team is at and where they are headed.
Many team members, and also Warburton, feel that they have a good year ahead of them. They feel that if they keep pushing themselves and working hard, they will match up really well with their competition.
The incoming players include Taran Kennedy from Holladay; Amanda Freestone from Price; Kathy Collette from Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mindy Fluckiger from Logan; Caitlyn Nelson from Riverton; Lauren Karn from Las Vegas, Nev.; Jessica Wilcox from Las Vegas, Nev.; Paige Peterson from Marion; and Sydney Cornforth from Tropic, Utah.
Last weekend the lady Eagles started their year off strong. They headed up to the College of Southern Idaho Tournament and came out 3-1.
“We had some really good teams we were playing against, and we matched up very well, and played our game.”
The women opened their season against Casper and ended up losing the first three sets: 14-25, 18-25 and 10-25. The women bounced back strong and beat a tough-matched opponent Sheridan: three sets to two.
“We came together as a unit after our first loss of the season and started playing together and playing harder due to that first loss. We knew we had a lot to play for,” the coach added.
The lady Eagles also beat Northwest 25-20, 19-25, 25-9, 23-25 and 15-6. Lindzee Bair had a great five-block game against Northwest and Sydney Cornforth added some great hitting.
EU continued their winning streak defeating Phoenix 25-22, 12-25, 25-22 and 25-21. The passing was the big run for the wins against Phoenix. The women had a 2.26 average on passing. “I was very proud of how my girls played this weekend.” Warburton adds, that is the best start we have had in many, many years. The women came out stronger than ever and never gave up.
From Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, the women traveled to the Salt Lake Community College Tournament. They had a tough weekend, but came out 1-2.
On Aug. 31, they faced Northeastern and Mount Hood. The lady Eagles lost to Northeastern 25-22, 25-20, 30-28 and beat Mount Hood 27-25, 25-17 and 25-20.
On Sept. 1, they competed against Central Wyoming and Western Wyoming. The women came out with two losses. Central Wyoming topped them 25-15, 25-12 and 25-17; and Western Wyoming topped them 25-15, 25-23 and 26-24.
They felt that they played some good competition, but felt they did not play their best game. They are working together and getting to know each other better so their chemistry and work ethic meshes together.
As the second tournament has ended our women are proud of some certain goals and stats. The team has had the best start in many years. Team passing against Casper was at a massive 2.1 average. Team blocks are at a high of 10 per game. Our lady Eagle hitter that you should be aware of is Whitney Sheridan, she is having a great run, hitting on average .281 per game.
Warburton voiced her confidece in her players, “I have confidence in my team and where we’re headed, if we just allow ourselves to keep playing and working hard each and every day.”