|Posted by jfullan on October 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM|
Bouncing back from their loss earlier in the week, the Lady Eagles played some great volleyball on the weekend as they swept their triangular in Lake Zurich, IL against Great Lakes Christian College and hosts Dayspring Bible College.
In the first match against Great Lakes it was all Emmaus, as great ball control and serving gave them a quick victory over the young Lady Crusaders (25-14, 25-5, 25-11). “We did a great job in this match of controlling tempo and running our offense,” commented Coach Pitman.
Playing to a packed house in the last match of the day against Dayspring would prove no easy task for the Lady Eagles however. “Dayspring is always tough to beat as you really need to put balls down with authority,” said Coach Pitman. “They are a great team that never gives up and we knew that their gym is always hard to win in.” Indeed set one found Emmaus trailing Dayspring for most of the set as the Lady Eagles struggled to stop the middle attack. Dayspring caught a wave of momentum and closed out the set 22-25. Dayspring continued their control of the match in set two, but the Lady Eagles finally found the spark they needed to ignite their play. “I’m not sure what happened, but suddenly we decided we wanted to play with passion and win the match,” said Coach Pitman. “It is fun to see the team take ownership of tough situations and I thought our response today was amazing.” Emmaus mounted the comeback to take set two 29-27, silencing the boisterous crowd. Set three was dominated by the Lady Eagles as they continued to play with passion, winning 25-14. “Once we take away our unforced errors and play with confidence in our abilities it is amazing to see the different team that emerges,” commented Coach Pitman. Emmaus led set four almost the whole time and held off against a comeback from Dayspring to win the set (25-22) and the match. “Every player played well today, but special recognition goes to Katie Koppen and Heather Grimm for coming off the bench and making large contributions to our efforts,” said Coach Pitman.
The Lady Eagles improve to 11-2 on the season, but aren’t taking anything for granted as they look towards a bid for a spot in the ACCA National Tournament. “We still have much to improve on as a team and we have committed to work even harder this second half of the season,” said Coach Pitman. “These ladies have exhibited wonderful character and testimonies this fall and Emmaus is proud of them whatever the results may be at the end of the day.”
The Lady Eagles take the court at home on Saturday in what should be two very close matches versus ACCA foes Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) and NCCAA DII Grace Bible College (Grand Rapids, MI). Match times are 11:00 am and 3:00 pm in the Pollard Fieldhouse.
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