This archived article was written by: Kameron King
The lady Eagles are now holding an 8-7 record after three weeks of play. The women are looking strong; best start the women have had in quite some time. Coach Warburton and her team are proud of their record and team play.
Approaching the third week of games, the Eagles traveled to Scottsdale, Ari. They had games Sept 6–8. The lady Eagles had a successful tournament, ending with four wins and one loss.
The first faceoff for the women came on Sept. 6th against South Mountain. The women came out of this game with big wins: set one 25-21 and the set three 15-10.
The next opponent for the Eagles was Scottsdale College. Once again they played the three sets and came out winning set one 27-25, 20-25, and set three 22-20. The women showed fight, rallying back and forth with the Scottsdale College women, but came out on top.
Day two of the tournament, the women were handed their first loss. The women came out and played Pima College. They played all three sets of regulation, but did end up being beaten. Eastern lost set one 25-17, 21-25, and set three 15-12.
On day two of the tournament the second loss of the tournament was handed to the lady Eagles. They were defeated by Yavapai College, all three sets came down to the wire, but our women just came up short. Set one was a win 30-28, but Yavapai team battled back tough and topped Eastern 25-17, and 15-13.
Day three of the tournament began with a big win over Glendale College. The Eagles came out strong and had a good game plan and won set one 25-14, 30-28, and set three 15-7.
Win two of day three came short, but quickly after the first win of the day, the lady Eagles pounced on Mesa College, winning two sets to none, taking the first set 24-26 and the second 25-18.
The last day of the tournament the women lost to Central Arizona, in two tough matches. Things just weren’t going EU’s way that game, losing set one 25-19 and set two 25-22.
Coming out of the Scottsdale, Ariz Tournament, the Lady Eagles had four wins and three losses under their belts. This tournament had some different rules in store the women, but it did not bother them. We played three sets instead of five. This made games much shorter and didn’t allow certain teams to wait to be on their A game, they had to come out ready to play from the get go.
On Sept. 14, the women came home to the BDAC for the Eagles first home game. The Utah All-Stars, a team made up of former college and university players beat our lady Eagles in three sets. Set one 25-19, 25-14 and 25-17.
After playing 15 games and having many hard days of practice and dedication, Coach Warburton says that “she is very pleased with how well Jessica Wilcox has been playing her game at middle blocker, she has stepped up a ton, and she is also timing her hits awesome now.”
Coach Warburton also adds, “As a team my women are becoming a family on and off the court, they are improving in both the game and life as a unit.”