EA volleyball cruises through first regionals win

Published 10:57am Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Edgewood Lady Wildcats downed Enterprise Prep in straight sets (25-12, 25-15, 15-26) in its opening game of the regional tournament at Edgewood Academy Monday.
With the win, EA advanced to play Crenshaw Christian Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., with the winner of that match securing a state playoff spot and playing for the regional title in the next game.
EA coach Alyssa Eason said her team looked to set the tone for regionals with their play in the first round contest.
“If they hadn’t won tonight, you know, our season would be over,” she said. “With regionals, I told them they had to come out ready to play. Everybody here is going to be good because they had done well this season. Yeah, we may have the number four seed from the other region, but that’s obviously a strong region because Enterprise Prep was a decent team.”
Eason told her girls before the tournament that they have to “play like it’s their last game.” And her team answered the call, stretching leads in each set and controlled play early on.
Leading 9-7 in the first set after two aces from senior Kaylie Courson, junior Mady Weldon orchestrated nine-consecutive points scored, ballooning the lead to 18-7. Edgewood would go on to put the first set away.
Enterprise Prep crawled back to take the lead 13-12 in the second game after falling behind 7-2 early. Led by junior Kara Wilson, the Lady ‘Cats regained the advantage, extended it to 20-16 and freshman Kevi Hansen stroked the game-winning kill.
Senior Lady Patriot Skyler Bradley scored two quick points to start the third set, but EA put together a 14-2 run. The lead proved insurmountable for Enterprise Prep.
Eason said it was important for her team to perform well in the opening regionals game with the bull’s-eye squarely on their back.
“We’re ranked number one, people are going to expect us to be good,” said Eason. “People are going to be doing everything they can to beat Edgewood. I think they finally understood the whole ‘one game at a time’ thing.”
With their focus invested in the moment and on themselves, the Lady Wildcats expect to compete for a state championship.
“They realize that their season’s ending. And they can either go out on a high note, or they can go out on a low note. They’re just deciding to go out winning. As long as we stick to our style of volleyball, then we should be fine.”
Hansen led her team with seven aces, along with four digs. Cara Borowski added five kills and two digs, while Weldon had four aces, one block and eight assists.

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