Eagle Spikers Remain Unbeaten
Ciera Fowler served up five aces with 20 points, while registering 20 digs, 18 kills and a block to help left the Magnolia Lady Eagle spikers to a 25-23, 25-17, 19-25 and 25-22 four-set victory over the Lady Pilots of River High School Sept. 11 inside the MHS HammerDome.
The Lady Pilots broke serve to open the match, and it went that way for most of the opening match until the game was knotted at 18. The Pilots’ Monica Curtis served up four straight points, including an ace, to give the Pilots their largest lead of the match at 22-18.
However, Kelsi Chapman broke serve with a monstrous kill, giving way to Bailey Estep at the line where she closed the gap to 23-20 after a long volley won by the Pilots.
After breaking serve, Chapman nailed one of her eight services aces of the match and finished the pesky Pilots off with another ace and two kills by Fowler, as well as the final point of the set.
The Pilots scored the opening point, but, with Chapman on the line, Magnolia would score three straight points. The last one came from a Bailey Estep kill, and, before you knew it, Magnolia was holding an 18-13 advantage.
However, the never-say-die Lady Pilots closed the gap to 18-16 with the help of several Jensen Caretti kills with Amanda Bennett at the line. Magnolia stopped the bleeding with an Evan Estep block that broke serve. She followed with a kill. Meanwhile, Grace Berisford added two service aces to push the Eagles lead to 23-17 after a ferocious kill by Caretti. But, Magnolia quickly broke serve and, with Taylor Ludewig at the line, finished the game off with Bailey Estep getting the final tally on a nifty touch that landed for a kill to win set two, 25-017.
In the third set, River broke serve, but Fowler added three straight service aces. After winning a very long volley, Ludewig blasted one of her three kills in the match that gave Magnolia a 6-1 advantage. Both teams went toe-to-toe until the Pilots’ Caretti made three straight kills to give River its first lead of the game since the opening point.
Mackenzie Wade served up seven straight points that included a pair of service aces, while Caretti landed a kill and a dink to push River’s lead to 23-18 when Magnolia finally stopped the bleeding.
Magnolia broke serve on an Evan Estep kill, but the Pilots quickly got the serve back. With Bennett on the line, Caretti got her second wind and won the set with a kill.
For the fourth straight set, the Lady Pilots scored the game’s first point. But, when the serve changed hands, the Eagles scored the next six markers. Chapman then served up four aces, while Fowler landed two kills that gave the Eagles a 7-2 lead. However, with Bennett on the line, the Pilots took over the lead at 10-8. During this time, Caretti scored two kills, while she and Bailey Caldwell added blocks.
Magnolia tied it up at 12, as both teams went back and forth until the Eagles closed out with three straight points to gain the set and match, 3-1.
Besides Fowler’s heroics, Chapman scored a game-high 25 points, including eight service aces. She also had 15 digs, five kills and blocked one Pilot shot, while Berisford netted 13 points, including two aces and a game-high 25 digs.
In addition, Evan Estep scored 16 points at the line, including a pair of aces, while smacking four kills, blocking two and making six digs. Ludewig scored 14 points, two aces, three kills, and 13 digs, while Bailey Estep scored six points, made seven kills, six digs, blocked a shot. and dished out a game-high 45 assists.
For the Lady Pilots, Wade and Bennett shared 31 points, including nine service aces and four kills. Wade also added six assists and five digs, while Mackenzie Marshall netted nine points, two aces, three kills, one assist and four digs. Caretti made 12 kills and blocked 11 shots, while making nine digs and scoring one service point.
In addition, Monica Curtis scored five points, including a pair of service aces, while making 20 assists and six digs. Brissa Marshall contributed two points, including an ace, while making a game-high 23 digs. Bailey Caldwell was stellar at the net, blocking four Blue Eagle shots and slapping three kills.
Grace Berisford scored 33 points, including seven service aces and 18 digs, to lead Magnolia to a 26-24, 25-6 and 25-23 three-straight set victories to win their match with the Linsly School Sept. 9 inside the MHS HammerDome.
The Lady Cadets took the Eagles to the brink before Magnolia escaped in overtime, 26-24, to win the opening set. The Lady Cadets saw “Blue” as the Eagles flew past them 25-6 to win the second set. Linsly stayed within reach in the third set before Magnolia put it away late to gain the set and match.
Taylor Ludewig followed Berisford in the scoring column with 15 service points, including three aces, while making nine digs and dropping in a kill. Kelsi Chapman and Cierra Fowler each had double-doubles with Chapman tacking on dozen markers from the line, including an ace, and making 15 digs. Fowler netted 11 points and added 10 kills and nine digs.
In addition, Bailey Estep made 33 assists, scored three points and made three digs, while Evan Estep drilled eight kills and blocked five shots.
The Tyler Consolidated Lady Knights beat a flock of area teams Sept. 11 on their home court, besting Valley 25-9 and 25-10; Hundred 25-8 and 25-6; and defeating Clay Battelle 25-5 and 25-17.
The Lady Cee-Bees got the best of Hundred, 25-15 and 25-17, and Valley 25-14 and 28-26, while the Lumberjills took care of Hundred 25-13 and 25-20.
The only stats available for the ‘Jills and Lady Hornets were Paige Shriver with nine total kills against Tyler and Valley, while Josie Phillips had three kills against Tyler and Emily Rine ponied up two assists, also against Tyler.