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Volleyball gears up for Oct. 29 playoff

Eagle volleyball took on The Dalles Tuesday in what was Eagles’ Senior Night (results too late for press time), and is looking ahead to its first playoff game, at home on Oct. 29. It earned home court advantage last week by winning the Columbia River Conference title.

In the meantime, Coach Scott Walker is looking for another game to avoid a repeat of an 11-day layoff between regular season and playoffs. “We did it last year and we just weren’t ready. We need to play another competition,” said Walker. The game would be an OSAA endowment game that will not affect the Eagles’ record. The question now is when, and who, to play.

“We have to wait until Wednesday (to line up an opponent) because most of the teams we would play have to see how they do (Oct. 18),” Walker said.

The Eagles defeated Hermiston Thursday on the road, three games to one.

Walker said the match started out shaky in the first set and HRV gave up a couple of small leads against some solid serving from Hermiston.

“We came out with our normal rotation in the second game and stretched out a close set, 10-9, with a 15-4 run to win easily 25-13. We went up 21-11 in the third set and after a Hermiston run, and closed it out at 25-18. The fourth set was never close, with Emily Curtis serving a 13-0 run to start the game, and Emily Ellifritz coming in at 17-3 and serving us to a 22-3 margin. We traded three points for the 25-6 win and the match,” said Walker.

Rebecca Johnston served seven aces for the match and Curtis added four. Johnston also led the team with 17 digs and Curtis led the team with 20 assists. Leading hitters were Kennedy James with 12 kills and Shae Duffy with 11. Out of our total of nine team blocks, Hannah McNerney and Bianca Badillo both tallied three total blocks.

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