Blue Eagles And Lumberjills Falter In Sectional Matches
The Magnolia Blue Eagles and the Valley Lumberjills volleyball teams ended their season in the semifinals in their respective sectionals.
Valley, who went into the sectionals as the number two seed, lost to Bishop Donahue in straight sets. Bishop smacked the ‘Jills 25-10 in the opener as Kristin Wolfe paced the ‘Jills with three points, including an ace, while drilling three spikes. Leah Morris scored two points, including an ace, to go along with three spikes, while Rachel Ice drilled three spikes.
In the second set, the Valley ‘Jills and the Lady Bishops see-sawed back and forth before Donahue tallied the final two points to gain the overtime 26-24 nod.
Ice paced the ‘Jills with eight points, that included four service aces, one kill, and eight assists. Wolfe continued her outstanding play with seven points, two of which came way of a service ace, and drilled three spikes. Morris added three kills and three points, while Aly Ashcraft contributed 10 sets.
The third set was just as exciting as the second set. Both teams had excellent volleys, but in the end it was Donahue squeaking out a 25-23 victory.
Carla Mason scored a team-high seven points, including three service aces and had several spikes. Morris had a pair of kills, while Ashley Staley netted four points.
In the Class-AA sectionals Magnolia lost to Tyler in straight sets in the double elimination contest Nov. 3 in the opener in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, and 25-22.
Jordan Babe paced the Eagles with 13 points, while Kelsi Heasley netted 11 and Alexa Jo Hanna nine points. Padyn Ludewig and Lacy Jackson followed with seven and five points, respectively, for Magnolia.
In the second match, the Eagles faced the Weir Red Riders, who lost to the Oak Glen Golden Bears in their opening match in the sectionals.
Magnolia led for the biggest part of the match, but in the end couldn’t get it done, and lost 25-23. The Eagles also led in the second and third set too, but lost both of them by the identical score of 25-20. Hanna paced the Eagles with a team-high 17 points, while Annie Potts netted 13 and Heasley 11. Hanna and Babe each tallied nine points each, while Jackson scored five.