|Posted by jfullan on October 11, 2012 at 4:50 PM|
Confidence was high as the Lady Eagles made the trek to Ankeny to rematch the Faith Eagles and try to avenge their loss two weeks ago. At the end of the night, it was a case of the spirit being willing but the flesh being weak. “We came into this match mentally prepared and ready to compete with great incentive to win,” said Coach Pitman. “However, our bodies disagreed and were not up to the task.” Emmaus and Faith battled back and forth in the first set, knotting the score at 11-11, but that was as close as the match would be. “We did not play Emmaus volleyball tonight and failed to execute aspects of the game that we have been performing well to date,” commented Coach Pitman. “Faith played a stellar match and took advantage of every opportunity we gave them.”
Indeed nothing went right for the Lady Eagles as they hit a dismal .066 attack percentage for the match and gave up 20 aces on serve receive. “Balls we normally put away didn’t go down. Digs we normally make went astray. Poor calls that normally even out in the course of a match didn’t. If we had to have this kind of match this season, we are sure glad it is behind us now,” said Coach Pitman.
Emmaus dropped sets one and two by scores of 19-25 and 18-25. After a Faith injury the Lady Eagles made a run in set three to win 25-20, but set four was all Faith as they dominated by a score of 25-14.
“Every win and every loss is an opportunity for us to learn and become better as a team,” said Coach Pitman. “Tonight wasn’t the end of the season, we have lots of tough volleyball left to play and we will grow and move on from this.”
The Lady Eagles head to Northland International University (Dunbar, WI) this weekend for a tough four team tournament that will include two NCAA DIII schools (Mt. Mary – Milwaukee, WI and Finlandia – Houghton, MI). Emmaus’s record after these four matches will determine their seeding for the ACCA National Tournament. The Lady Eagles currently sit at 13-3 for the season.
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