EA preps for tough tourney field with win over GatorsPublished 12:14pm Sunday, September 22, 2013
Second year Edgewood Academy volleyball coach Alyssa Eason said she teaches her team to stay aggressive and true to who they are as players, even when the going gets tough.
According to Eason, the Lady Wildcats (9-3, 3-0) need adversity and faced it against Glenwood Thursday at home.
The Lady Gators started the match fast, winning the first set 25-13, but Edgewood regrouped to take the next three games 25-13, 25-19, 25-22.
Play between the two teams became tight — situations Eason believes her team needs to experience now to be better in the postseason.
“They needed to see that little adversity,” she said. “Some teams we play aren’t as strong. Some are just started to play like Glenwood. They’re in their second year. But we need that competition, when the score gets tight. It’s not going to be as easy at regionals, so we need to be able to finish close games.”
Glenwood setter Abi Cowart paced her team throughout the match. In the fourth set, Cowart’s ace sparked a 7-2 run.
The Lady Gators still held control at 12-7, until EA scored three points on junior Katrina Harden’s serve to close within two.
Still a tight game and the Lady ‘Cats up 17-14, senior hitter Hannahlee Harris rattled off five consecutive aces to stretch the lead to 22-14. But Cowart wasn’t done yet, as she led an 8-2 rally before the Lady Gators succumbed to EA, 25-22.
Eason was happy to see Harris, a jump server, stay aggressive in a tight game, coming down the wire.
“When she serves, she can control the game,” Eason said. “We can count on her for points, and it means a lot. She stayed aggressive; some would have turned away from the jump serve, but she stayed true to who she was. It’s good that she wants to stay aggressive.”
That aggressive style of play will come in handy for Edgewood today as the team plays in a six-team tournament at Morgan Academy, features the host team and the 2012 state champion Clark Prep, which beat EA in the semifinals.
“I think they will use the (Glenwood) match as a learning experience,” Eason said. “We’ll be looking forward to seeing the competition. We learned from last year.”