East­side tops at play date

Al­covy, New­ton win too

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All three New­ton County volleyball teams were in action Satur­day at Al­covy for a seven-team play date. East­side fared the best, winning three matches while Al­covy and New­ton each picked up wins.

East­side started off well, de­feat­ing Salem 25-19, 18-25 and 25-18. The Lady Ea­gles then de­feated Mor­gan County 25-23, 21-25 and 25-17 be­fore fall­ing to Ola 16-25 and 21-25.

“In warm ups they looked pretty rough. I didn’t think they were go­ing to play as well as they did,” East­side coach Angie Lewis said. “I was pretty pleased with the first game, and they had mo­ments in the sec­ond game. We had a lot of mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion but, over­all they did okay.”

Al­covy jumped out to a fast start as they de­feated New­ton 25-22, 23-25 and 25-15 be­fore fall­ing to West Hall 11-25 and 23-25. The Lady Tigers re­sponded by de­feat­ing Salem 25-23, 23-25 and 25-21.

“They worked re­ally well as a team,” Al­covy coach Amanda Briggs said af­ter the match against New­ton. “We let them get the bet­ter of us and fell apart in the sec­ond game.”

Af­ter drop­ping its first match to Al­covy and its first game to Salem 21-25, New­ton stormed back to de­feated the Lady Semi­noles 25-19 and 25-14.

“It feels great to win,” New­ton coach Shan­de­lyn Carter said. “To see that they fi­nally put what they’ve worked on in prac­tice in the game and come back for the win, it feels good. The girl’s spir­its were high and when their spir­its are high like that, they play well.”

Al­covy and East­side faced off later in the day with the Lady Ea­gles emerg­ing with the three-game win.

Af­ter East­side earned a 25-21 victory in the first game, Al­covy bat­tled back to win the mid­dle game 27-25. The Lady Tigers strug­gled in the third game and could never get on track as East­side won 25-13 and took the match.

“We have a harder time get­ting out of our serve re­ceive,” Briggs said. “When we serve well, that helps us.

Carter mixed up her lineup through­out the day in an at­tempt to get every­one in­volved. While the re­sults were mixed, she be­lieves the ex­pe­ri­ence will help her team down the road.

“I had some girls in there who haven’t been play­ing with the var­sity as much,”

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