The Lady Jeeps were able to win their opening match this season by pulling out a five-game win 25-22, 25-21, 17-25, 14-25, 16-14.
The Lady Jeeps held an early lead in the first game, but saw it disappear when Eastern's Emily Osborne served three straight points after a Lady Eagles' side out to give Eastern Pike a 12-8 lead. Molly Roark answered for the Lady Jeeps, serving up four consecutive including an ace.
Erin Sherman recorded four kills in the first game, and Roark had three kills and led the Lady Jeeps to 25-22 victory.
The Lady Jeeps had to fight from behind in game 2. They fell behind when Osborne serve three straight points to built a 10-6 lead for the Lady Eagles.
“We came out early and won those two games,” said South Webster coach Darcee Claxon. “But then, we quit playing hard, we made a bunch of serving errors and attack errors.”
Claxon said she sees this a good learning experience for her team.
“The team, I think, realized that it's going to take all of them playing together,” she said.
After a South Webster side out, Roark served up two points, and Erin Sherman had three straight points, turning the game in favor of the Lady Jeeps. Eastern went four straight points with no scoring from the service line.
Roark had another three service points at the end of the game, including an ace, to win the game 25-21. Sherman had four kills and two blocks in the winning effort.
In game 3, the Lady Eagles gained an early lead and never turned back. Ashley Howell served up three straight points to open the game and then served three consecutive points later to knot the score at 14.
A kill by the Lady Eagles' Courtney Rowe finally gave Eastern Pike a lead they would not relinquish. Leading by three, Rowe took the service line and delivered four straight points to extend the lead to six. Rowe had six points, one ace, a kill and a block in game 3 as the Eagles took the set 25-17.
In game 4, it was all about the serving of Chelsi Skaggs for the Lady Eagles. Skaggs took the service line lead 11-8 and rattled off eight straight points to give her team an 11-point edge. Mary Polen recorded a pair of kills and a pair of blocks as Eastern Pike extended the match to a fifth game winning game four 25-14.
“I have to give Eastern credit,” said Claxon. “They're a tough team, they never gave up, and they played tough.”
In the fifth and deciding game Erin Sherman came out determined and it showed early. Three blocks and three kills within the first 10 points made it clear Sherman and her teammates wanted this match.
Sherman added another block and tow more kills one to tire the game at 13 and one to give the Lady Jeeps a 15-14 before Eastern Pike coach Janet Day called a timeout with none left which resulted in a delay of game call that gave The Lady Jeeps the point to win the fifth game 16-14.
“I was really proud of the girls being able to go out there and finish,” said Claxon. “I told my middles in up to them to control the tempo so I was proud of the way they did that (in the fifth game.”
“One point was my fault, at the end of the game” said Eastern coach Janet Day. “I hate to see it end that way because I would love what would've happened if it turned into a battle, instead of that.”
Records - Eastern Pike 0-1; South Webster 1-0.
BRET BEVENS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 242.