The Eagles continue to break school records and stun the nation by cutting their ranking in half for the second time in a row. They are now ranked second in the nation.
The Eagles have made a fame for their name as they played two home games this past week, defeating once again the No. 2 seed in the United States: Snow College. The stands were packed, with tickets completely selling out. Family and friends cheered alongside the spirit squad, the student section and the crowds watching through the broadcasted game.
The smell of buttery popcorn, the sound of the crowd erupting in celebration after each point and hearing the national anthem play in the gym for the first time this year at a volleyball match made many happy. Many commented and said it was quite the game. The locals showed their support, and celebrated the hard work that these Eagles have put in, and the obstacles they have surpassed to become the team they are now.
Chelsee Greenwood said, “I was stopped by a few little girls in Walmart and asked if I was on the volleyball team. I said I was, and it was the coolest thing seeing the admiration they had for my family, my team. We play for each other, but we also play for our amazing community who continues to support our efforts.”
Over the last few weeks, the Eagles traveled all over the United States by bus, visiting Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming. They have proved themselves each match defeating Casper College, Western Nebraska Community College, Northeastern Junior College, and College of Southern Nevada winning with a score of 3-0. They completely shut these schools down, not even letting down in one set. They also defeated Eastern Wyoming College and Snow College with a final score of 3-1. Within the Snow game, Snow won the first set and then the Eagles came back and won the next three sets, making this their most celebrated win. The Eagles have beaten Snow twice now, giving Snow their only two losses to the season. This huge event sent the Eagles upwards to number two.
Naomi Glasker said, “It feels good to be where we are, these girls are so amazing. What I think makes this year different with volleyball is the constant support we have for each other. We celebrate each other’s successes, we help each other as we have questions, and we honestly just love doing what we do.”
This program continues to build each year led by Coach Danielle Jensen. Lindsey Otero said, “It’s a pretty awesome thing when a team plays for someone else, when they reach beyond themselves. That’s what I think takes our team to the next level. We do it for each other, and play because of each other.”
The Eagles lead the nation in kills, blocks, assists and in total points scored as a team thus far. Rachel West was highlighted hitting at a 0.4 this season and being named Eagle of the week. She continues to amaze the crowds. Jensen said, “Rachel is such a gifted middle, she continues to amaze me. I am proud of her dedication and the work she puts in.”
Headed into this week, the Eagles play College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho on February 24. They also face up against SLCC in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 26. Scores were not available at press time. Jensen said, “We had an exciting week, and we are so excited to travel and take on our next challenge. It’s exciting, and I am ready to see these girls take this on. They amaze me, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.”
The Eagles officially finished pre-season and begin their conference. With spectators and players wearing masks and taking careful precautions, nothing, not even COVID-19 can stop the love for the game these girls display and the support they constantly receive. Those unable to travel to these games can access the live streaming through the Scenic West Digital Network.