By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Madison Southern Lady Eagles volleyball team earned its first win of the season Thursday, with a 3-0 victory over Estill County.
Southern won the first two games by identical scores of 25-20, 25-20 then closed out the match with a 25-16 win in game three.
In both the first two games, the Lady Eagles jumped out to early double-digit leads, only to see the Lady Engineers fight back to get to within a point late.
But each time the lead dwindled, Southern got big plays from their two big hitters, junior Sara Castle and senior Jordan Adams to stretch the lead back out.
The Lady Eagles also got strong play all night from backcourt players, Kenoa Gallion, Morgan Campbell, Ashley Clark, Jessica Watson and Jessica Angel as well.
Coach Jeremy Grant said this team’s effort was a big improvement from the Lady Eagles first match Tuesday at Garrard County, especially at the net.
“Jordan and Sara played really smart tonight. That’s something we’ve really worked on with them, not raring back and killing the ball, but look for the open space,” he said. “I think tonight was the best job they’ve done all season.”
In game three, the Lady Engineers got off to a much better start and only trailed 5-4 early.
But four consecutive points on serve by Castle jump-started the Lady Eagles, who quickly stretched their lead. After back-to-back kills by Castle, Southern was on top 18-10 and never let Estill County get any closer.
Grant said his team played a lot smarter in the third game and controlled the pace better.
“Our serves were a lot more consistent tonight. I told them during the timeout to go with the smart play and I felt like we did that much better in the third game,” Grant said. “All in all, this was not the team that came out Tuesday night. That team was flat and didn’t have any energy. Tonight they had times when they could have laid down and they came out and hustled and made plays when they really needed them.”
Southern will be back in action on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. when they take on Knott County Central in Berea at the Lady Pirates Tournament.