Blue Eagle Netters Win First Three Matches
The Lady Eagle Volleyball Team won their its first three matches to start the season against Wheeling Central, Morgantown Trinity and Linsly before dropping an 11-15 overtime match to Wheeling Park.
Magnolia drilled Wheeling Central into submission Sept. 3 in straight sets by the scores of 25-11 and 25-15.
Padyn Ludewig and Kelsi Heasley led the way with 18 points each, while Abby Harlan dropped in a dozen. Lacey Jackson netted 10 and Annie Potts garnered nine markers in the victory, while Alexa Jo Hanna and Lindsay Cain scored six and one point, respectively.
In a tri match with hosts Linsly and Trinity, the Lady Eagles won in straight sets in defeating Trinity, 25-15 and 25-20. They then smacked Linsly 25-12 in both sets to win the match easily.
Harlan led the way against Trinity with 13 points and two blocks, while Heasley and Jackson each chipped in with nine points. Heasley added three blocks and 10 digs, while Jackson added two blocks and 10 digs. Hanna followed the big three with seven points and five digs, while Ludewig and Potts added five and four points, respectively. Krysten Miller, Marissa Bosley and Emily Blake teamed for 16 digs.
Against Linsly, three Eagles scored in double digits with Heasley marking up 15 points and Hanna and Bosley each netting 10 points in the lop-sided win. Potts scored eight points for the Eagles, while Mackensie Dawson and Jackson netted five and two points, respectively.
Hanna contributed with nine kills, while Jackson added eight more for the Blue. Harlan and Cain each drilled six kills, while Heasley smacked one. Miller had 13 digs for Magnolia, while Jackson lofted eight. Bosley added six digs, while Heasley chipped in with five. Hanna and Potts ended the match with three digs each for the 3-0 Eagles.
After dropping both sets of a match against Wheeling Park Sept. 10, 22-15 and 21-25, the host Lady Eagles reeled in the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-19 to force a tie-breaker. However, the Lady Blues fell 11-15 to lose the match.
All five sets were a thing of beauty in a contest marked with outstanding volleys, well-targeted spikes and outstanding net work by both teams.
Ludewig and Potts led the way offensively with 21 points each, with Potts added 19 digs. Heasley scored 15 points and added four kills, while Bosley netted 13 points and five digs. Jackson continued her outstanding play, recording 12 points, eight kills and 22 digs. Dawson also added 12 points and six digs, while Hanna netted two points. Jordan Babe entered the playing floor and drilled eight kills, while Emily Blake came off the bench to record 10 digs. Cain added a dig and Harlan added three blocks.