Lady Eagles open season with mixed emotions

“We had some heavy hearts out there tonight, and you could see it early on, see the girls struggle without Megan.  I thought we all handled it well,” stated Coach Mark Bankson. “I thought we got better as the night went on.”

Megan Young would have been a junior on the CHS volleyball team this year. She died in a car accident last month.

Opening the season with an opponent like Leo, will definitly let you know where you stand. The Eagles loosened up by the third game and just had some fun out there. They fought back from nine points down and made a run at Leo in the end.

Alexis Bankson led the Lady Eagles with 13 assists and three blocks. Alexis also added four kills, three digs and a serving ace.

“Do we have technical things we need to work on, absolutely, but as a whole I think we’re pretty pleased with their performance here tonight,” said Coach Bankson.

Thursday Churubusco hosted Garrett, and pre-game ceremonies included the retiring of Megan Young’s framed jersey, number four. It was presented to Athletic Director Lee Etzler by the senior volleyball players. Megan’s jersey will be displayed at all home matches in the commons outside the gym. The players and coaches proudly wore tee shirts with Young 4, on the back of their shirts. Players jerseys displayed a black patch with “MY 4” on their left chest. Their wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Coach Mark Bankson spoke of Megan and presented the jersey to the senior girls. 

When asked about the emotions carrying over to the court, Coach Bankson replied, “We had to overcome that, we knew that it was a possibility tonight because you got so many emotions in play.”

The Lady Eagles dropped the match two games to three against Garrett. All five matches went to the wire, with each of the first four decided by two points. Churubusco dropped the first 26-24, but fought back and took the next two by scores of 25-23 and 26-24. The Railroaders won game four by a score of 27-25, forcing a fifth and deciding game. Garrett out- lasted the Eagles taking the game 15-11, and the match three to two.

“Middle play was spotty, we were not consistent throughout the whole match, we got a little flat and tentative at times,” explained Coach Bankson.  “We have got to learn to have that aggression and that if you got a lead stay on it. When we get that back we’ll be o.k.”                                                                                                                                                               

Taylor Amber led the Eagles in kills with 19, followed by Hannah Dodson and Taylor Henning with nine apiece. Ashlie Shelton had four serving aces while Danielle Hartmann added three and Amber with two. Dig leaders were Hartmann 41, Bankson 35 and Amber 24. Henning led in blocks with four, while Bankson added three and Nikki Sanders had two.

The Lady Eagles hit the road this week at Whitko on Tuesday. They travel to Bluffton on Thursday and go to Adams Central next Monday, August 31st.

Tuesday, September 1st will be “Black and Gold” night,  as the Lady Eagles host Columbia City. Any student dressing in “Black and Gold” will be able to purchase a ticket for only $2. Porkburgers will be available at the concession stands. Come out and support your Lady Eagle volleyball team.

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