This archived article was written by: Kameron King
The lady Eagle’s volleyball season came to conclusion after traveling to Southern Idaho for the SWAC conference tournament. USU Eastern took on the Snow College Badgers, Saturday Nov 3. The lady Badgers beat the lady Eagles in three tough matches: set one 25-23, set two 25-23, and set three 25-23.
The women went 12-16 overall; 2-8 in conference. After having the best start the volleyball program has ever seen, competition got tougher and tougher each week.
This conference holds some really good teams and players in it. Every play of every game means so much. Even the littlest mistakes can cost any team at any given moment.
First year head Coach Chelsey Warburton says, “my women were hard workers and I knew they would never give up on me or each other. The women always pushed themselves and knew how hard they had to play and work day in and day out, which always had a spark to our practices which made them go even harder. The season ended far before we wanted, but I seen many great things from the women this year. We had a pretty young group, so I’m excited to see what next year is going to have in store for us.”
As for the Lady Eagles players, they were upset with how they finished the season. They thought they had a lot farther to go and would put up some big wins. As a whole they felt like they had a good season, and had their moments, but just didn’t run with the moments and take over.
Sophomore Megan Peterson says, “This season was completely different than my first two years. From the first time we stepped on the court we had better chemistry and more determination. Our record my freshman year was 8-14, this year we went to 12-16, and I think next years team is going to continue the upward trend we have started building.”
Stand out stats for the lady Eagles for three main areas of the game, were as follows: sets 215 in the season by Paige Peterson, blocks 36 in the season for Jessica Wilcox, and kills in a season 178 by Whitney Fieldsted.
For the SWAC conference, the final standings were: CSI 10-0, SLCC 7-3, NIC 6-4, Snow 5-5, USU Eastern 2-8, and CNCC 0-10.