“I just can’t ask for better leadership,” responded Coach Goings when asked about her two seniors. “They want to win so bad, they’re passionate, and they lead by example and encourage their younger teammates.”
Heather Monk and Morgan Young will be truly missed for both their athleticism and leadership. Monk also is a three year letter winner in basketball and track, along with being the captain the last two seasons in all three sports. Young has lettered in basketball and tennis for the last three seasons and was a two year captain in basketball and one season in tennis.
“It’s been a big improvement from last year to this year,” commented senior Heather Monk. “We just played as a team and had a better attitude, it’s just great.”
“I’m glad that our leadership had an impact on the team and helped get the team back on the right track,” stated senior Morgan Young. “There is no limitations to what we can do, we can go as far as we want to in the Conference tourney.”
“It just depends on us, our attitude and our teamwork together,” added Monk.
The Eagles came out in the first set and took it to the Patriots winning 25-17. Everything was working for them as they had good passing, good ball movement and hitting the right spots on the floor. But the second and third sets proved different as the heighth of the Heritage team took control of the game. The Patriots won set two 25-13 and set three 25-6. Churubusco wasn’t giving up just yet as they fought hard. They were diving after balls and hustling all over the court. They gave all they had but still came up short as Heritage took the fourth set 25-17 and the match 3-1.
“The first set we served aggressive and we passed extremely well,” recalled Coach Trinda Goings. “The second set they served us tougher and we didn’t pass as well. They got a lot of kills and took advantage of their height.”
Young had two serving aces and Monk had six kills to lead the Lady Eagles. Brooke Herendeen had 11 assists and Danielle Pippenger had a block for the Eagles. Chandler Blake and Gabby Jones had 13 digs apiece to lead the team in the category.
The Lady Eagles will compete in the Conference tourney this Saturday at Westview. Games will begin at 9:00 a.m. with pool play and the finals will be in the afternoon.
The Sectional draw has the Lady Eagles facing host South Adams on Tuesday. The semi-finals will be on Thursday and the championship match will be Saturday.